Farmers Coffee was born in 2019 thanks to the dream of four young farmers (Dério Brioschi, João Paulo, Luiz Henrique and Phelipe Brioschi) in the Espirito Santo region, Brazil. They are the children of coffee growers, who sought to reconcile the tradition of their families, without losing the will to bring the new and modernity. To understand the story behind the foundation of Farmer’s coffee, we had our conversation with Dério, one of the four founders.
All four aspiring men behind Farmers Coffee have had their fair share of time knowing up close the difficulties and pleasures of working in the fields. Having graduated in Food Science and Technology major, along with their early-age experience with fruit and coffee production, they are coffee producers, even prior to starting the company in 2020.
This family experience has allowed and still allows Farmers Coffee to be more than a simple company. It is an instrument that brings farmers and consumers together for a common goal: quality from the first planting to the last drop in the cup.
Farmers Coffee is not just our coffee provider/supplier, but also, they are the connecting point that helps us reach other local farmers in the region.
Farmers Coffee has its headquarters in Venda Nova do Imigrante, where most of the administrative issues are handled, in addition to cupping and customer service. The office is dedicated to providing assistance to local farmers within the Montanhas do Espírito Santo region both in consultancies and commercialization aspects.
Farmers Coffee also manage a warehouse where the green coffee selection processes are carried out, such as cleaning and separation by density and color. In total, over 300 partnered growers have made their stop by the company to receive constructive feedback, as farmers trust the team to guide them to the best.
Once the farmer arrives and hands in the coffee, as Dério Brioschi (one of the founders) shared with us “he stays with the roasting sector, cupping, meetings, everything is integrated to favour interpersonal relationships. It’s not a bench where he leaves his sample and trades. He can participate in the process.”
Included in the 2021 arrival, we will be receiving a Red Catuai lot grown from a 1000 -1200 m.a.s.l altitude. What makes coffee from Espirito Santo special is this artisanal culture and often by agricultural consortium. Coffee is not the only agricultural product of the region, as farmers also grow fruits such as papayas, citrus fruits, bananas.
Farmers Coffee process also coffee of other growers, like our Brejetuba lot, one of the largest coffee producer of the entire state. Family producers in the region usually take care of harvesting, post-harvesting, drying, storing and cleaning themselves before bringing in the coffee to the headquarters of Farmers Coffee. The quantity usually would range from 50 to 200 bags per year for each family of producers.
Due to the humid climate, coffee in the Espirito Santo region is specialized in mostly washed or semi-washed methods. Meanwhile, natural fermentation is also present, especially among producers who are looking for ways to diversify their lots after focusing on washed coffee. Hence, naturals is an option, but it is safe to say that Naturals aren’t the common case in Espirito Santo.
Brejetuba is one of the nine municipalities of Montanhas do Espírito Santo region and the largest coffee producer in the state. Brejetuba has a long tradition in coffee growing, mostly developed by family agriculture spread along the mountains with an average altitude of 915m. The undeniable quality of its products stands out.
The local government of Brejetuba stimulates coffee production by promoting every action that can add value to the work of small producers.
One of the biggest challenges today is to pay the producer a fair price and maintain a good relationship among coffee farmers. It’s important that not only the roasters but also every single farmer knows exactly which is the journey of the coffee.
Farmers coffee, as their name carries, was established as “by farmers for farmers”. Thus, fair price for local farmers is their core priority which we at The Coffee Quest are on board with. Through the partnership with Farmers Coffee and The Coffee Quest Brasil, we seek to provide local farmers with fair prices that they earn.
On a regular basis, Farmers’ coffee is the central point gathering the local coffee, where farmers can also receive feedback and assistance in improving their quality and farming techniques. However, the vision that 4 young farmers from this organization bring is far greater. Dério shared, he wanted to bring a new image of Brazilian coffee to customers, high quality and sustainably produced.
“When talking about Brazil, the world usually sees machines, pesticides, and scale production. No one sees the producer, who is daily dedicating his attention to producing with high quality, preserving the environment. His ecosystem is balanced so there is no need to use pesticides. This is what we need to show the world.” – Deiro Brioschi Junior, founder of Farmers Coffee
The municipality of Brejetuba is surrounded by the Atlantic Forest, a tropical forest of vast biodiversity, with countless waterfalls, cascades, mountains, valleys, plateaus, and perfect landscapes, which are ideal for lovers of sport or quiet and natural life.