Josué Pereira Figueiredo is a coffee grower who started his own journey in the coffee world with Fazenda Bom Jardim. Here, in the city of Bom Sucesso, Minas Gerais. Josué’s passion for coffee started when he was young, His father used to grow his plants and this motivated him to become an agronomist. He currently grows several coffee varieties grow at an altitude range from 950 to 1.100 m.a.s.l.
In 1975, at the age of 26 years old and with many ideas in mind, Josué took the opportunity to buy the farm he’s currently running.
However, before becoming a coffee producer and following his father’s footsteps, he started as a researcher by joining the Brazilian Coffee Institute (IBC). He decided to plant the best-cultivated crops researched at the Institute on his farm and so, shortly after the closure of the IBC, a new stage in his life has begun.
At Fazenda Bom Jardim live 3 families and work at least 30 employees. Josue’s son, Lucas, works there as well and shares the same passion for specialty coffees. Graduated in Agronomy, Lucas continues the rich coffee tradition of the family, helping Josué in the daily life of the farm, and supporting the employees.
“One of the things that I have the most passion in my life is to grow several cultivars, to work with the research of coffee varieties. Today I am proud to be a coffee grower!” – J. P. Figueiredo
Fazenda Bom Jardim is fully committed to the alignment of tradition with innovation. They are part of Sancoffee, a collective of coffee growers, whose key factors are technology and experiments to guarantee high-quality coffee.
They grow their coffee plants in a red latosol, which is a tropical soil with a relatively high content of iron and aluminium oxides. The red colour comes, indeed, from the iron oxides present in the soil.
At Fazenda Bom Jardim they place a lot of attention on the harvest and post-harvest process. They grow a number of varietals, such as Catuaí, Mundo Novo, Topázio, Catucaí, Bourbon, Obatã, Catiguá and produce Natural, Pulped Natural, Fermented coffee. For the drying processing, they use concrete patios and rotating dryers.
It’s no mystery that deforestation is Brazil’s foremost cause of environmental and ecological degradation and Brazilian producers are very conscious about that. Biodiversity is the most complex and vital feature of our planet, for this reason, many farmers provide essential space for protected areas next to their plantations. One outstanding example is Fazenda Bom Jardim.
Fazenda Bom Jardim extends for a total area of 770 hectares, of which 230 hectares are only coffee plants and 154 hectares are a preserved area. In addition, this farm is UTZ certified. This means that they must constantly meet environmental requirements to be included in sustainable farming programs.
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