Bruno de Souza

Travelling with the inimitable Bruno de Souza: Notes from Minas Gerais, Brazil

Its 2021 and we are all reminiscing about past travel experiences in the absence of the freedom to do so. Life has become so routine that its hard to remember life being different, so its a great pleasure to share some notes with you from a trip a seemingly way back in time now, especially as its very relevant to our coffee offering this year.
Q&A with Daterra Estate: The Reforestation Project

Q&A with Daterra Estate: The Reforestation Project

We’re bringing you news from our friends at Daterra in Brazil. This eco-focussed estate is the source of our customer favourite coffee The Baron. They hold some of the best sustainability credentials in the industry, becoming the first coffee farm in the world to receive Level A Certification from the Rainforest Alliance.
One of the Best in Show: Finca San Jeronimo, Guatemala

One of the Best in Show: Finca San Jeronimo, Guatemala

I was lucky enough to visit Guatemala this year and visit our long-time coffee producer partner, the Bressani Family of Finca San Jeronimo. Our relationship with them goes back to 2016 and we were one of the first to buy his specialty coffees through Coffee Bird in the UK. At the time, I thought it was a delightful Guatemalan coffee with some great aspects of social, environmental and economic practices. A great story. 

However, upon visiting earlier this year, my expectations were surpassed and many assumptions were blown out of the water. It has profoundly changed the way I think about coffee and what ‘sustainability’ actually is - and isn’t.

Our Origin Trip to Daterra Estate: Part 2

Our Origin Trip to Daterra Estate: Part 2

Brazil is the biggest producer of coffee in the world.

It's too expensive to produce coffee there in the same way it is picked and processed in Ethiopia, Kenya, or Guatemala. There's no abundance of low-cost labour to do these jobs in most coffee-producing areas of Brazil. This is fortunate for labourers, as they have options, and means that Brazil instead needs to turn to innovation and technology to get the job done in an efficient and cost-effective manner.

Origin Trip to Brazil: Bruno de Sousa, Academia do Cafe

Origin Trip to Brazil: Bruno de Sousa, Academia do Cafe

The Climpson & Friends Brazil Trip of 2016 took a twist after Daterra Estate hosted us, when Bruno de Sousa turned up to drive us further into Minas Gerais, stopping at Sites of Coffee Significance along the way. These included the freshly planted Fazenda Lavirinha (demonstrating how diversity of crops can be a sustainable model for farmers, without compromising quality) and a visit to a commodity coffee dry mill in Campos Altos (where quality coffees exist amongst the lower grades but generally are all treated equally and sold at the lower end of “commodity” pricing).