Their story began in 1820, with Grandmother Mrs. Maria, when she arrived at Caparao land, the land is located at the border between Espirito Santo Brazilian state and Minas Gerais. Maria was a widow with 12 children. On that occasion, everything in the close forest started being cleaned manually with an ax and sickle to prepare its plantations.
For a long time, she had grown some animals like pigs and chickens and vegetables in the new land, which was a trend at that time, and after that, she started planting coffee seeds directly on the soil, as at that time there was no nursery available.
The property was passed on from generation to generation until it reached Assumpcao/ Santos family. They replaced old plantations with new trees and in 2018, they started working on specialty coffees, improved post-harvest processes, began doing the selective harvest, and invested in processes like honey, black honey and fermentation.
Sítio Vargem Grande is at an altitude of 1.300 meters, and they cultivate varieties Red Catuai, 2SN Yellow, Caturra, Arara, Cova 15 Yellow, and 785 Yellow (Geisha first time). Nowadays they are proud to show all the awards they achieved on results of experiments on micro-lots which were sent to several contests and competitions.
|REGION:||Caparao, Minas Gerais|
|FARMER:||Aparecida dos Santos|