Banana liqueur, violets, gooseberries, citrus rind and almonds.
Farm: Fazenda Santuário Sul
Region: Mantiqueira de Minas
Town: Carmo de Minas
Altitude: 1,30m above sea level
Variety: Sudan Rume
Owner: Luiz Paulo Dias Pereira Filho
Awards: 8th Place - Brazil Cup of Excellence 2018 & 4th Place - COE 2019
Sourced Through: Southland Merchants
About the Farm:
The farm Santuário Sul (which translates to ’South Sanctuary’) is a project that was born from the goal of being ahead of market trends. It was not easy for them to bring in coffee varieties from different regions of the world - with the aim of generating a new profile of Brazilian coffee; the coffees that are grown here are reflections of the tenacity of Luiz Paulo and his partners.
Today, in addition to the traditional Brazilian varieties (like yellow bourbon) the farm has more than 30 new and ‘exotic' varieties of coffee, differentiated cultivation practices (such as shade plantation) and innovative fermentation protocols. The varieties planted here are monitored closely - to be able to offer the best result within the climatic conditions of the region - and Luiz Paulo himself insists on cupping the first samples of each of these coffees.
About the Variety:
As its name suggests, this selection was made from a local landrace in South Sudan’s Boma Plateau, home to one of the remaining indigenous arabica coffee forests. Kept alive as a genetic donor, Sudan Rume is a low-yielding plant regarded for its high sensory quality, though it also has moderate resistance to disease. Batian, Castillo, Centroamericano, and Ruiru 11 are all hybrids that include Sudan Rume’s genetic contribution.
About Southland Merchants:
Nadia and Andre are Brazilian, passionate coffee lovers, partners in business and life and the founders and owners of Southland Merchants. They met in 2002 in a casual setting and instantly felt connected. Within a year, they established their first company and fell in love.
Life in Brazil was great; they love the country and its people, the lifestyle and being with their families but they could not let go of the urge to venture out into the world and explore new places. Eventually they decided to embark on an adventure and to move overseas with their three girls. They wanted to find a place that would offer a bright future for their children, allow them to meet a new culture and learn another language. After a lot of research, they realised Australia would be the ideal destination.
In 2017 Australia became their new home and in the same year they arrived they founded Southland Merchants. The company supplies Australian roasters with delicious Brazilian green coffee, full of stories and passion, and connects them back to their roots.