Fazenda Sao Lucas – Cal’s Coffee

A ‘triple bottom line’ framework is the fundamental infrastructure of Big Dog Coffee and our new roastery. Emphasising social and environmental facets of our business are paramount to its financial sustainability, with the overall aim of developing our community. Coffee is the second largest traded commodity in the world and coffee farms provide livelihoods to 25 million people worldwide. Recognising and connecting directly with the famer (also known as the producer) is vital to ensure sustainability and fairness are practiced effectively.

Over the past number of weeks, Big Dog have been introduced to one of the most enthused, happy-go-lucky individuals on this journey to date. The owner of Cal’s coffee; Callum. Cal caught wind that Big Dog were opening a roastery in Gwent and wanted to get the low down. Cal immediately bought into our story; safe to say, the feeling is entirely mutual. To Cal, coffee has soul, and it connects people from all corners of the globe. The ethos running through his business is synonymous of Big Dog’s mission – to cultivate community and connection through the love of coffee and dogs.

Fazenda Sao Lucas is farmed by the sixth generation of coffee growers. Lucas Lancha de Oliveira opted to follow in his parents’ footsteps studying agriculture and becoming an agronomist. This experience proved of great value to the family business. Lucas also served in the Brazilian armed forces.

In many ways Sao Lucas is a unique Coffee Farm. Lucas brought the dynamism of his military service and combined that with the knowledge gained from his studies which contributed greatly towards the unique chocolate, cocoa and milky qualities in his coffee, making it remarkable and distinct. On the Sao Lucas farm the coffee varietals grown are Mundo Novo, Catuai and Catucai.

To enhance the quality of the coffee, Lucas’s knowledge was fundamental in the creation of home - made fertilizers.

The geographical location of the Sao Lucas Farm is blessed with an abundant supply of freshwater. The farm is near to the town of Ribeirao Corrente – meaning Flowing Waters. It is situated in the region of Alta Mogiana, at an altitude of 1020 above sea level and has 50 hectares of preserved rainforest. It enjoys 1,000 to 2,000mm of annual rainfall.

It is UTZ and Rainforest Alliance Certified - only the highest standards are deemed acceptable. Whether it be from hand picking the coffee, safety equipment use and every additional aspect of running the farm. Which includes the responsibility of tendering to their own small herd of cattle, used primarily to produce the farm’s own compost. Certifications such as Rainforest and UTZ endorse the production of farm-made its fertilizers yet farms few makes its own.

Coffee is an unequivocal story of love, family, struggle and purpose. In the same way Lucas has harnessed his skill set to adapt to coffee farming, Big dog believe coffee found us for a reason. It’s provided us with a feeling of hope and empowerment, strength and patience. Sao Lucas is the first of many drives to support direct trade, with the hope of creating a better future for all facets of the coffee supply chain.

The Sao Lucas natural will be featuring as our staple espresso. The coffee has a sweet and balanced flavour with notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, peanuts. It has a pleasant after taste, low acidity, good body, and clean tasting finish.

We cannot wait to meet Cal himself, show him the roastery and talk all things coffee.

Cheers to the weekend and breeding some positivity!


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