Located in the region of Sul De Minas, Fazenda Sao Jose is perfectly situated to grow coffee in this mountainous region with altitudes ranging from 950 – 1300 masl. The farm is close to the city of São Goncalo Do Sapucai and is owned by Manoel Teodoro Ferreira and his wife Maria Aparecida Ferreira who have been married for 51 years and are still actively involved in working on the farm.
They have always been an example of work and dedication with a real social aspect to their work contributing to improvement of all segments of their neighbourhood caring for their worker’s and local community.
The farm São José has three streams and with 30% of the farm as a nature reserve providing a diverse environment for coffee to grow. By its geographical position the and horse shoe shape the farm receives winds and currents in the opposite to the prevailing direction creating a "differentiated microclimate" inside the farm. The farm is open to the local people and visitors to come enjoy the nature reserve and rivers.
During Harvest the coffee is manually collected when the cherry reaches maturation. Once picked, the coffee is then laid out on patio’s and turned every hour until 50% moisture is reached. The coffee is then collected in thicker piles to allow it to dry down to 11.5%. The process can last up to 21 days and once dried, it is then stored in wooden hoppers for 20 days to rest and equalise before being hulled and bagged ready for shipment.