Brazil - Sitio Boa Vista

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Brazil - Sitio Boa Vista

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Farm: Sitio Boa Vista
Farmers: Celso & Gertrudes dos Santos
Relationship: Friend
Region: Caconde, São Paulo
Process: Natural process, sun dried on raised beds
Varietal: Red Catuaí
Altitude: 1250 masl
Notes: Strawberries, toast, roasted peanuts

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About Sitio Boa Vista

This smaller family-run Brazilian farm, fittingly named 'Boa Vista' for the 'good view' from the drying patio, is run by Celso, Gertrudes, and their son Denner Augusto. They selectively cultivate Catuai, Mundo Novo, and Bourbon varietals of coffee on a modest eight hectares of land, drying the coffee on raised beds.

Until a decade ago, Celso & Gertrudes produced coffee solely for commodity purposes. In 2006, they began to pulp their own coffee after harvesting and soon discovered that it could be something truly special. They went on to win a specialty coffee contest for the state of São Paulo two years in a row, and the following year placed amongst the 50 best coffees of Brazil in the Cup of Excellence. In 2007, the farmers met Marcos Croce of Fazenda Ambiental Fortaleza, who assisted them in distributing samples and gaining exposure to markets in the United States and around the world, in turn being able to receive a better price for their exceptional coffee.

Celso & Gertrudes care deeply about their natural farm environment, where poaching is illegal and the natural mountain water springs are protected. They leave bread for the sereiemas (large, long-legged Brazilian birds) to feed at their doorstep. On the farm, waste is separated and taken to recycling depots, the farmers refrain from using any agro-toxic chemicals in the soil, and most of the products used are organic. Harvesting is done completely and selectively by hand, and almost all is done by their own family members. Celso and Gertrudes work tirelessly year after year to spread their love of coffee, and are dedicated to continuing to improve its quality.