The surprise of the 2019/2020 season are the different smallholder farmers we got to know through Coopervas, a small cooparative in the city São Goçalo in Sul de Minas. We have the luck that our valued team member Bruno Andrade from TCQ Brazil has good relationships and participated as judge in the local “Best of Coopervas” competition. Not only did we purchase a few micro lots, but it was an introduction to a couple of members who belief that quality improvements are the way of the future. See their stories that Bruno gathered while visiting them in the after season!
Ponte Alta – Marcos Willian Pereira (1st place Natural category)
This lot was bought by The Coffee Quest Brazil’s quality team, where Bruno Andrade participated as judge in a local competition at smallholder cooperative Coopervas in São Goçalo in Sul de Minas. The farmer behind this lot is Marcos Willian Pereira, a third generation farmer. They are based in the Mantiqueira mountains at 1.250 meters high, near São Gonçalo city. He started with the farm when he was 20 years, and now at 29 years he continues with the same enhousiasm producing 250 bags each season. At the beginning, he just wanted to produce more and more, not interested in the final quality, until now. Being motivated by his wife Marina, he change his production methods to produce his first specialty coffee, striking gold by producing a Natural lot that was scored a 90 points in the local Coopervas competition! He is at the start of realizing potential and for next crops he just wants to learn more and how to improve all his processes to aim for similar specialty coffees. His farm is beautifully located, gifted with a small and clean waterfall where they can refresh during the hard work.
Nossa Senhora do Carmo – Jose Adriano (5th place Natural category)
Jose Adriano came to the Mantiqueira mountains when he was very young. He stopped with school at the age of 11, to help his family and work on the potato plantations. After some years of hard work on different type of crops, he started working for Joao Batista Filho, a local coffee farmer. From there, through his dedicated work, Joao gave him the opportunity to share some of the lands and produce coffee as equal partners. From that moment he continued his path to improve his practices, and since 2010 he has been producing specialty coffee. Last year Jose Adriano bought his first piece of land, at 1.400 m.a.s.l., a special and amazing terroir (for future coffees). He cares a lot about the cup quality, and getting better each year!