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Silver Oak Coffee - Single Estate: Fazenda Samambaia, Brazil

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Soft creamy mouthfeel, notes of nut and sweet milk chocolate like Belgian pralines.

The cool, green hills of Sul de Minas provide ideal conditions for coffee growing and produce some of Brazil’s finest beans. The region is known locally as ‘Vertentes’, because it forms a border between two very important basins in Brazil: the Grande River Basin (which runs to the south) and the São Francisco River Basin (which runs to the northeast).

Henrique Dias Cambraia, farmer of Fazenda Samambaia, attributes the success of his farm to a combination of various factors, not least: the farm’s geographic location; competent technical management of the plantations, with individualized phytosanitary controls of the planting fields; constant training based on total quality control programs; and, most importantly, the involvement of the whole team that works on the farm.

Henrique is committed not only to producing high quality coffee, but to farming in a way that is socially responsible and environmentally sustainable. He is happy to say that, during his absence from the farm between March 2000 and July 2001 – when he was studying towards a Master's degree in International Business in Phoenix, Arizona – his employees demonstrated that they fully understood and were capable of upholding the Samambaia concept of sustainability.

The farms of the Dias Cambraia family have been receiving technical assistance from Agronomist Josué Pereira de Figueiredo, Ph.D. for over ten years. Dr. Figueiredo was the technical coordinator of Brazilian Coffee Institute (IBC) and was also a Cup of Excellence finalist in 2001 and 2015. Henrique also regularly attends events organised by the Association of the Coffee Producers of Southern Minas Gerais (Sulminas-Café) and other similar bodies, to ensure that the Dias Cambraia farms remain at the forefront of new technologies and techniques.

Recently, Henrique Dias Cambraia was elected President of Sulminas-Café. Together with other 20 coffee producers of the Santo Antônio do Amparo region, he founded the Santo Antônio Estate Coffee, to build relationships with the specialty coffee market. Fazenda Samambaia has won many awards for its high quality coffee, including Cup of Excellence.

This is roasted to a medium profile since I like to accentuate the body and sweetness and do not have to worry about reducing the acidity flavour profiles that I would with a washed coffee. Topazio is a small dense bean that requires a more gentle approach than most varietals of arabica.

Altitude: 1200m
Farm/Coop: Fazenda Samambaia
Great for: Aeropress, Cafetiere, Espresso, Filter, With milk
Origin: South America/Brazil - Santo Antonio do Amparo
Owner: Henrique Dias Cambraia
Process Method: Pulped Natural (semi-washed)
Roast Profile: Medium
Varietals: 100% Topazio

When do we roast and post your coffee?

We roast on TUESDAYs and sometimes on Saturdays if stocks are low. We dispatch orders Monday thru Friday by Royal Mail - 1st or 2nd class.

Orders for 1-3 bags are sent Royal Mail 1st Class. Orders for 4-7 bags are sent via a courier.

Delivery prices to United Kingdom


Initial collection: Silver Oak Coffee - Cambridgeshire

Tasting record

Method Dose Grind Time Volume Comments
e.g. Espresso 18g Vario 1E 25secs 30ml A bit finer next time would be better.