Sítio Santo Antônio

Farmer: Aloízio de Lellis Maciel

Aloízio produces varietals Red Acaiá, Mundo Novo, Red and Yellow Catuaí. He won a prize from Coopervass cooperative in the 2020 specialty coffees contest. The coffee winner was his Yellow Catuaí cup scored 88, which KAVAZ BRAZIL already reserved for the next shipment to Slovakia. The altitude of his farm is around 1400 meters. He takes care of the farm by himself and cherries are hand-picked.

Sítio São Sebastião

Farmer: Henrique Nunes

Henrique’s father used to grow potatoes for a long time. In 1986 he saw an opportunity to grow coffee instead, he was focused on the development of the small coffee farm and he taught his son, Henrique Nunes, who is now 43 years old, and now responsible for the business, how to grow coffee and improve its quality crop by crop. Farm Sítio São Sebastião (named after the Christian saint San Sebastian) is in a privileged mountainous location, where Henrique cultivates varieties Obatã, Arara, Red, and Yellow Catuaí. The altitude of his farm is 1,200 m. He has a nursery on his own farm. He uses raised beds for the drying process of micro-lots but also artificial modern dryer machinery which facilitates the process and patio drying. Each harvest he is focused on achieving the best results by correct management of the crops.

Fazenda Chapadão

Farmer: Ciro Sousa Alvarenga

Rodrigo, a young guy along with his father Mr. Ciro and his brother takes care of their planting by themselves. They grow varietals Catiguá, Yellow Bourbon, Red and Yellow Catuaí. The farm is gorgeous and incredibly well cared for. They together make micro and nano lots; they use African beds for drying the coffee. They store the coffee in its skin which prolongs and increases the quality. On their farm they have Brachiaria (cow food) between coffee trees which promotes organic material for the ground and protects the ground against dryness and erosion, controls nematode (a small insect that lives in the coffee trees roots and eats the fertilizers) also when the planting is new and short it blocks the wind, protecting the small trees. This type of production ensures beans of high quality afterward, which is a priority for Rodrigo and his family.

Fazenda Pirapitinga

Farmer: Dayana K. Baptista Chamma Fares

The farm was purchased by Dayana’s family in 2000. In 2016 Dayana became responsible for the farm, after her mom passed away, along with her husband, she started looking for process improvement to get better economic, social, and environmental sustainability and a higher quality coffee. In 2017 their varietal Mundo Novo was tested by Q-graders who were astonished by the taste of that coffee, thus since then, they decided to make micro-lots of it and give special attention to its production in order to maximize its quality potential. But they also grow varietals Sequeiro, Catuaí, and this year they have planted Arara and Yellow Bourbon. The farm is located in Monte Carmelo – Minas Gerais.

Fazenda Nossa Senhora Aparecida a Fazenda Nossa Senhora da Paz

Farmer: Marcia de Jesus Sousa Borges

Marcia has been working with coffee since childish. In 1998 she and her husband managed to buy their own land and decided to focus on specialty coffees and sustainability. Since then, year by year they win prizes through competition and contests. Nowadays they have two small farms in Minas Gerais – altitude is 1,260. The total area of the two farms is 11 hectares. All the cherries are hand-picked, and all beans are processed in pulped natural/semi-washed process. Varietals are: Yellow Bourbon, Icatu, Yellow and Red Catuaí, Mundo Novo and they are starting a new Arara’s planting as well as 2 plots in the transition to the organic.

Fazenda Duas Barras

Farmer: Glenio Penha

This big farm is in Iraí de Minas in Cerrado Mineiro region. Glenio studied coffee-growing management with masters of the most renowned university of Brazil. Nowadays he is focused on producing high-quality coffees. He grows varietals Mundo Novo, IBC12, Topázio and Red Catuaí, altitude in his farm is from 975 to 1020 meters. He does the natural process in African beds as well as on the concrete terraces. He has an irrigation system on the whole farm, which ensures that coffee plantations will not suffer when it is lacking rain. As it is a flat area, although, with high altitude, it is possible to use modern types of machinery to pick the coffee from the trees, though, new plots are hand-picked.

Fazenda Sol Nascente

Farmers: Michell & Nájilla Miranda

It’s a family production, it has passed through the 19th century, a time when the cycle of coffee became the most important economic activity in Brazil. This farm is located in Campanha, a city in the South of Minas Gerais, Mantiqueira region, a spectacular area with astonishing landscapes and an altitude of 1,200 meters, one of the reasons why the coffee from there has a great quality. They produce in this farm varietals Red Catuaí, Mundo Novo and Catucaí.

Fazenda Caixetas

Farmer: Ricardo Ignotti

Descended from Italian and Portuguese immigrants, the history of coffee culture of the Ignotti family started in 1986.  Sebastião Almeida, Lúcia Elisa Ignotti’s father, willing to get the family together, convinced his daughter and son-in-law, Ricardo Vagne Ignotti, to move from Paraná to the city Patrocínio, in Minas Gerais, and gave them a small plot of land for the farm.

As time passed by, Ignotti family was able to expand their production, so they sold the initial small land where their big dream started to come true and bought a new and bigger farm in the same region where they grow coffee nowadays.

In 2016, their production underwent another expansion, and the family rented a farm called Fazenda Caixetas, located in the city of Guimarânia. It was in that land, in its second harvest, that they started producing special coffees. Altitude is 1,080 m and total area is 109 hectares. Coffee area has 24 hectares. They grow varieties: Acauã Novo, Catuaí, Catucaí, IBC12, IPR100. Currently, Vinícius Ignotti, 28 years old, 4th generation of the family is the one responsible for the coffee production along with his father Ricardo Ignotti. The batch of coffee shipped to KAVAZ BRAZIL was harvested with the highest percentage of ripe cherries. Drying process was during for 14 days, very slowly to get the best results of it. After this phase and before selection of beans, the coffee remained in a resting box for 30 days to homogenize the moisture of the beans.

Fazenda Serra Negra

Farmer: Sandra Aparecida and Aparecido Salvador Bonfante

They worked in coffee farms since childhood in Paraná, south of Brazil, along with their family. In 2000 they acquired property Fazenda Serra Negra with 22 hectares, in Chapadão de Ferro region, a privileged region, well known for its rich minerals. Altitude is 1.100 m.

This batch sent to Slovakia was among the 100 best of the International Coffee Week, but their goal is to always improve quality, obtain greater results in contests and try to add more value to their coffee. The farm has all legal reserves and nowadays Sandra and Aparecido are working to obtain certifications as well. They grow varieties Mundo Novo and Catuaí.