Our first seasonal dark roast, Sweater Weather is a celebration of that time of year when we bust out our favorite pre-winter threads and cozy up to a warm cup of coffee. Sweater Weather comes from Fazenda Alta Vista, in the southeast region of Brazil, in the small municipality of Cristina in the state of Minas Gerais. Translating to “high view” from Portuguese, Alta Vista is a fitting name for a farm that sits at about 1200 masl.
Fazenda Alta Vista is managed by Robson Vilela, who purchased the 84-hectare property in 2001. In his previous life, Robson was a dentist, saving money until he could buy property for coffee farming. Coffee was planted in 2004, though heavy rains kept production down for the first several years. Robson’s coffee was first harvested in 2007, where his crop took 7th place in the 2007 Brazil Cup of Excellence. The farm is now 90 total hectares, with 75 planted in coffee, growing Red and Yellow Bourbon and Yellow Catuai.
The staff at Fazenda Alta Vista is much smaller than other farms in the region. Robson agreed to pay higher wages than other farms in the area, resulting in zero staff turnover since 2007. Fazenda Alta vista also produces bananas, which are intercropped with the coffee trees providing sufficient shade. The multitude of banana trees on the farm also created a condition for the coffee trees to survive unexpected drought and other environmental difficulties. There are also macadamia trees, which contribute shade and wind protection.
With dark chocolate, caramel, and walnut notes, Sweater Weather is a treat that’s sure to have even light roast drinkers considering taking a walk on the dark side. Pairs perfectly with those cool fall morning vibes.