Located in Mantiqueira de Minas these farms are blessed with high altitudes and rich soils. The region is comprised of 7000 coffee growers with an annual output of 1 million bags. Coffees we can access. In 2011, Serra De Mantiquiera became the first region to obtain the Geographical Indication seal for coffee, which indicates that coffees produced in this region have unique qualities and features that are essentially attributed to their origin
Karoline Maria Ferreira is 37 years old and has been involved in coffee since a young age as her parents were both workers on larger farms within the Mantiqueira region. She initially followed this line of work but after she got married, Karoline and her husband (Ademir) decided to rent a small farm with that was already producing coffee and focus their attention to this. To rent the land they also received help from her sister as well to support them. Since then together they have worked hard on the farm to improve the quality and produce specialty coffee as well as working with organic practices. In-between the rows of coffee Karoline also plants beans which help fix nitrogen into the soil but also provide food and another source of income.
During the harvest they collect the coffee by hand before drying the coffee on a rented patio space for 7 – 10 days. The coffee is then milled, and this lot was a special selection by Karoline so before sending the coffee to the exporter they handpicked and cleaned the coffee of all the defects as the lot was too small to be processed in a machine for this.
Karoline is also part of the AMECAFE Women’s producer group have now been established for their second harvest, first coming together in 2017. This group is formed of 50 members who meet on a monthly basis to share knowledge and educate each other about coffee production. They want to empower each other and their families by improving the quality of their lives through coffee.