Nossa Familia Coffee – Cupping Portland
I drop in on Augusto Dias Carneiro and Sarah as they perform another public cupping. This time at Cafe au Play in SE Portland. Augusto weaves his way through the parents and children at this children-friendly neighborhood cafe as he pours steaming water and tells his company’s history.
What are the three family farms that you source from?
Diogo Carvalho Dias is my third cousin and he runs Fazenda Recreio. We also source from Fazenda Cachoeira which is run by Gabriel Carvalho Dias, my 2nd cousin who was at the cupping at the Armory. Fazenda Sao Francisco is run by Ernesto Carvalho Dias who is my grandpa and we named our espresso in honor of him.
What are the ratios?
There is no exact formula, it depends on the harvest and the profile of each coffee. Historically we’ve bought approximately 60% from Fazenda Cachoeira, 30% from Recreio and 10% from Sao Francisco
How often do you receive shipments? Do you source from non-family farms?
Currently we are receiving shipments of green (unroasted coffee beans) once every 4-5 months. We source all our organic coffee from neighboring farms as my family hasn’t gone fully organic yet.
Do you have any idea how soon you will start roasting yourself on the Kobos roaster, or will you buy your own?
We will be roasting our own coffee within the next year. I am currently researching roasting equipment and keeping an eye out for classic refurbished Probats. I am also looking at the Kestrel S35 by Loring, manufactured here in the US. It is a newer design and ultra energy efficient which is a huge factor for Nossa Familia. In an ideal world we’ll be having a roaster all set up by September of this year.