Le Cerrado is a young coffee-producing region that began its production in the early 1960s and is now internationally recognised for its quality. Located in the state of Minas Gerais, in western Brazil, Le Cerrado has however suffered from its name and reputation being stolen by neighbouring regions. A few years ago, 10 million bags left the country under the name "Cerrado", bearing in mind that the region's actual production capacity is just 5 million bags.
In 2013, the producers obtained the Denomination of Origin (DO) "Cerrado Minerio", which is a sign of quality and certifies authenticity. It proves that the coffee is indeed from the region and possesses qualities specific to its terroir of origin. Consumers and roasters are thus guaranteed to enjoy an Arabica coffee (a blend of varieties with mainly Mundo Novo and Catuai) produced in the region delimited by the certification at an altitude of between 800 m and 1,300 m, and that it scored at least 80 points under the SCAA cupping protocol.
Today, the DO includes some 4,500 producers spread over 17,000 hectares and is supported by 9 cooperatives, 7 associations and 1 foundation. An independent body certifies the quality of the coffees, to determine whether they may be "Cerrado Mineiro" certified or not.
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