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Darwin's River Dolphin Brazilian coffee 250g bag
  • Darwin's 'River Dolphin' - Brazilian Rodomunho


    Tasting Notes - Peanut, chocolate, hazelnut

    Strength 4/5

    • Additional Infomation

      Varietal: 100 % Rubi

      Processing: Natural

      Altitude: 900 to 1,050 metres above sea level

      Farm: Fazenda Rodomunho

      Town: Rio Paranaíba (Minas Gerais)

      Region: Alto Paranaíba, Cerrado

      Country: Brazil



      The Rodomunho estate is located in the Alto Paranaíba, the highest part of Minas Gerais’ Cerrado region, at some 900 - 1,050 metres above sea level.

      This 100% Rubi lot was processed using the natural method. After being picked, the ripe cherries are sorted to remove any under-ripe or damaged cherries; the beans are then moved immediately to dry on the farm’s extensive patios. This method produces the fruity, boozy cup characteristic of the natural process.


      Maintaining environmentally friendly practices is a priority for Fazenda Rodomunho. One example of how the team is working to preserve the local ecosystems is by protecting surrounding areas as native forest reserves. This helps promote ecological balance and provides a habitat for local birds and animals.


      Additionally, solid wastes from processing are recycled as organic fertilizer, while the use of either the natural or pulped natural process keeps water usage to a minimum. The water that is used is recycled and fully treated to avoid polluting local water sources.


      The farm also prioritises good conditions for its workforce, offering fair wages (well above the average for the sector in Brazil); housing with modern services and utilities; a school; a health clinic; and sports facilities. The farm describes itself as a true ‘agrovillage’.


      Rodomunho has won several awards and the family’s coffees are regular Cup of Excellence finalists.


      Why the 'River Dolphin'

      Also known as the boto, the pink Amazon river dolphin is widely distributed throughout much of the Amazon and Orinoco river basins stretching through Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador and Guyana. The boto is pale pink in colour and between 2 to 2.5 m long and up to 100kg in weight. It feeds on fish and other aquatic organisms such as turtles and crabs.


      The species is listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as endangered, with a declining population.


      One of the biggest threats that the Amazon river dolphin faces comes from development projects. Big infrastructure projects can alter river flows, which in turn has huge ecological impacts including changing the species composition, disrupting sediment transport and deposition patterns, fragmenting habitat and preventing connectivity – all impacting the dolphin’s ability to breed and to survive.

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