At the Chapadão farm, the entire process is carried out by the family. Ciro Souza Alvarenga, 70, runs the farm alongside his wife Maísa and their two children: Gustavo and Rodrigo. The farm was inherited from his father-in-law, whom started growing in the early -1920s.
He always pointed out the challenges of dealing with lack of technology and bare access to proper equipment. Things started to change in 2008, when Ciro’s sons, Gustavo and Rodrigo, finished their high school and dedicated themselves to the farm and the production of specialty coffees.
Their farm is located in Campos Altos, a micro region of the Cerrado Mineiro with altitude of 1215 meters, they grow a few varieties such as Catuai, Topazio, Catigua and Yellow Bourbon. Their focus is on naturals and controlled fermentation.
About 50% of their property is designated to natural/native vegetation. They are also responsible to keep the headwater stream near their property alive by planting many trees along the year.
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