Quality and consistency. It’s not easy when you’re a farmer, with changing weather and different circumstances on a yearly or even seasonal basis, to match the exact same flavor profile as last year. It might even be impossible. For this reason, the team of Q-graders of Capricornio Coffees cup all the coffees of the more than a dozen partner fazendas and farmer groups, grade them according to their flavor and quality, and then make farmer blends, solely based on taste. For example, the Dulce Signature blend is described as dark chocolate, with a sweet and round thick body. One year, this might consist of more coffee from Fazenda Terra Preta and less from Sítio Teixeira. The year after, this might be the other way around.
Farm composition in the coffee bag might change, but the farms don’t sit still themselves either. Being part of Capricornio’s 4 Seasons Project, they get free agronomical support, with an agronomist visiting them every 60 days. Together, they look at plant and soil health and do soil measurements, that are used to advice on which parts of the farms need extra attention. It’s high-end knowledge and solid partnership to provide a sustainable future.
Since 2017, ThisSideUp has been working with the Signature lines and they have since proven to be the stable factor of many roasters and cafés for either blends or singles. To us, it shows that Brazilian coffee can be high in quality and complex in taste, while being competitive in pricing and forward thinking in sustainability. ThisSideUp offers three Signature lines: the Dulce for its chocolate thick sweetness, the Sorocabana for its nut and cream notes, and the Piraju for its less thick but pleasantly sweet dried fruits. Every Signature comes with its own traceability report, so we know in detail which farms contributed to which blend, year after year.
Signatures lots are machine picked, blends of pulped natural and natural processed fazenda lots, patio and machine dried, dry milled with great eye for detail with state-of-the-art equipment before carefully cupped by qualified graders and combined and calibrated for annual consistency. Capricornio greatly reduces the ecological footprint of all their 20 partner farmers: they help them create water-efficient mills, implement waste water treatment technologies, and apply systems thinking to optimise all coffee processes and reduce CO2 output. They also stimulate the use of organic fertilisers, energy-efficient machinery and irrigation systems.