Veneziano Coffee Roasters will release three coffees from the Matão Women in Coffee Project in Brazil to celebrate International Women’s Day on 8 March.
São João from Maris Veronica is a natural Bourbon espresso roast, with white grape, macadamia, and lime flavours.
A pulped natural Bourbon espresso roast from Laura de Oliveira called Santa Helena is creamy with tasting notes of white peach and peanut brittle.
For a filter roast, Maristela Souza’s pulped natural São Luiz tastes of kiwifruit, yellow peach, and butter toffee.
Formed in 2013, the Matão Women in Coffee Project, called Mulheres do Café in Brazil, comprises 24 female coffee producers from the township of Tomazina in the Norte Pioneiro region.
Veneziano says with selective picking a rarity in Brazil, the project has seen the farmers’ quality increase exponentially and their hard work was rewarded in 2015 when they placed first in the Paraná quality contest.
Like many producers in the world, these women had never tasted their own coffee, until recently. Now, they undertake cupping education programs, learning to identify lots that stand out in quality.
For the future, the group wants to continue to increase the quality and production of coffee, as well qualify and prepare themselves to identify their own coffees.
“We are proud to be the first Australian customer, paying premiums well above what the farmers would normally receive. This allows them to invest more in educating these women about the coffee they are growing and also in quality of life,” Veneziano Managing Director Craig Dickson says.
“This is an incredibly exciting project to be a part of and we look forward to seeing what these women can produce in the future.”
For more information, visit www.venezianocoffee.com.au