The cherries are carefully harvested by hand to select only the ripe cherries. They are then sorted and spread evenly on a patio to dry in the open sun. The coffee is then kept in parchment in wooden resting bins for a minimum of 60 days before the final dry milling and sorted immediately prior to export.
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Fazenda Passeio is located in prime specialty coffee country in the heart of Sul de Minas. The farm’s 130 hectares of plantations lie between 1,100 and 1,200 metres above sea level, in a mountainous area with excellent soil fertility and regular rains. The farm belongs to a farmer involved with our exporting partners at SMC, a coffee-producer organization based in Guaxupe, working to connect high quality coffee producers with markets throughout the world.
The Vieira Ferreira family has specialized in coffee production for three generations and is now headed by Adolfo Vieira Ferreira, whose attention to detail and commitment to producing top-class specialty coffee is second to none. To guarantee quality, the farm employs a high number of skilled workers to carry out most of the production process by hand – from soil preparation for planting, to handpicking of the ripe cherries. In return, the farm looks after its workers – permanent workers and their families live on-site and are provided with schooling for their children, professional training, and environmental education.