Chapada da Diamantina
The mountains of Chapada das Diamantinas, located in the heart of Bahia, have directly contributed to the pleasing experience of the mountains. The region started gaining international notoriety not only for its beautiful landscape but is also recognized for its production of gourmet and special coffees.
The categories of the drinks and the harvests are considered to be excellent and have drawn connoisseurs and baristas from all over the world.
Having a distinctive flavor, the coffee drink is smooth, with notes of molasses, citric fruits and red berries as well as an elegant acidity and an intense aroma. From this region come exclusive blends which are combinations of beans and different roasting levels. Café Terroa, from the county of Piata, created three types called Sol Amarelo, Terra Vermelha and Vento Forte.
Each one has sensory characteristic that please discerning palates. To achieve this result many growers work on artisanal basis. Coffees from Piata, one of the highest counties of the Northeast, have already achieved many prizes and many times have been champions of Bahia. In 2009, they achieved Brazilian champion status in the most prestigious championship of the sector, The Cup Of Excellence which also occurs in other coffee producing countries of the world. In 2011, the county coffee reached second place, surpassing growers of other traditional regions of Brazil.
The production of high quality coffee can be credited mainly to its mild and dry climate as well as an altitude of around 1100 to 1500m. The altitude is the main natural element to control the quality of the beans. The higher the altitude the more aromatic and richer in sugars and natural acids tend to be.
Every region has farms in the higher altitudes like the main county producers such as Mucuge, Piata Ibicoara and in the district of Vale do Capao located in Palmeiras.
Photos of Chapada Diamantina