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Origin Visit: Brazil


After the last two and a half years of zoom calls and remote cuppings, we were thrilled to be returning to Brazil, visiting old friends and connecting with new ones.  Here’s what we got up to…

  • Tim and Fabiano Borré amongst one of Fazenda Progresso's coffee plantations.
  • Our visit coincided with the end of harvest. Here you can see processing of the remaining unripe coffee. No coffee goes to waste, so this coffee is processed as an economical option for Brazil's internal market.
  • Fazenda Progresso is a hive of activity, during peak season employing over one thousand workers.

Fazenda Progresso

Fazenda Progresso in the Chapada Diamantina region of Bahia. The region is known for its mountainous cliff formations (Chapada) and 19th-century diamond mining (Diamantina). This beautiful farm has been owned and operated by the Borré family since its establishment in 1984. We spent three days at Fazenda Progresso, touring the expansive 25,000 hectare farm. The family are one of Brazil’s largest producers of potatoes, which has allowed for considerable reinvestment in the farm – the introduction of coffee in 2005 and the construction of meticulous infrastructure, social projects in the surrounding villages where workers commute from and most recently a breath-taking vineyard and winery with sweeping views of the surrounding Sincora mountain range.  Most importantly, we also selected the Brazilian competent for Coffee Coffee.  This year marks the seventh year we’ve purchased coffee from Fazenda Progresso

  • The colourful streets of Piatã at night.


Our base for three days whilst we visited farms in the surrounding region. Piatã is a unique coffee-growing region. The high altitude and cool climate slow down the maturation of coffee cherries, resulting in an increased concentration of sugars in the coffee bean.

Coffees from Piatã have continued to dominate in Brazil’s Cup of Excellence program since 2009 when an attention-grabbing five of the top ten coffees were from the region.

Silvio Leite
  • Kleumon and Silvio
  • Coffee ripens gradually so during harvest skilled pickers make multiple passes, collecting only the ripest of cherries each time.
  • Silvio is an open book, happily sharing his knowledge of specialty coffee and coffee production.
  • Rocky has a strong dislike of riding in cars, instead preferring to run alongside... no matter how far the journey.

Fazenda Cerca de Pedra São Benedito

Silvio Leite has played a pivotal role in the development of specialty coffee, both in Brazil and globally. Silvio is incredibly humble, with a genuine passion for both coffee and the people within the coffee industry. In 1999 he co-founded the Cup of Excellence (COE) and co-authored the technical protocols for the COE. Silvio’s purchase of Fazenda Cerca de Pedra São Benedito in 2019 was the realisation of a career-long dream to produce his own coffee. Not only is the coffee produced on Cerca de Pedra São Benedito delicious, but Silvio and his team use the farm as an educational reference for many of the small producers in the region.

  • Tim and Kleumon at Sitio Canaã
  • Young coffee farmers like Kleumon are essential for the continuation of coffee production in the Piatã region.

Sitio Canaã

In 2016, the then 25 year old Kleumon Silva Moreira, purchased the parcel of land he named Sitio Canaã (“The Promised Land”) in his home town of Piatã.  Kleumon is quiet and meticulous, diligently planting and maintaining a wide range of coffee varieties on his 10-hectare plot whilst also managing Silvio’s farm.

  • Aline, Pedro Santana, Tim and Silvio at the Santana's home.
  • Iron mining in the Piatã region is affecting coffee and sugarcane producers, not just because of environmental concerns but also the inflation of labor prices and labour shortages.

Jose Joaquin’s family farm and Pedro and Delzute Santana

Jose, his wife, and three sons have called this beautiful farm home for the last 13 years. Coffee production on their 6-hectare parcel of land is very much a family affair, with the only additional assistance coming in the form of four seasonal workers during the peak of harvest.  A short walk and you will find the neighboring coffee farm of Pedro and Delzute Santana. Pedro and his wife were originally from São Paulo and acquired the land in the hopes of a slower lifestyle, away from the hustle and bustle of the city, they aptly named their farm Cafundó, which translates to ‘very, very far away’.

  • Aneilson's beautiful farm is a testament to his hard work. Up until 2013 when he was able to begin solely focusing on Sitio Capão, Aneilson worked on neighbouring farms to supplement the family income.
  • Aneilson, his wife Rosemeire and their daughter Sara.
  • Broccoli growing in between rows of coffee.

Sitio Capão

Aneilson is a trained agrologist and third-generation farmer who inherited Sitio Capão from his father. From an early age, Aneilson recognised the advantages of coffee production, planting his first coffee plants on the farm at the age of 14. Aneilson is incredibly dedicated to his farm and his family, working tirelessly to advance the quality of coffee produced on Sitio Capão and growing a range of fruits and vegetables which he sells at the local markets.

  • Antônio on the grounds of São Judas Tadeu.
  • Coffee waiting to be milled.
  • Antônio, Aline and Tim

São Judas Tadeu

Antônio Rigno and his wife Terezinha are much-loved and influential in the town of Piatã and have been farming in the region for more than 40 years. In 2003 with the guidance of Silvio Leite, the Rigno’s overhauled both their harvest and post-harvest processes, investing in infrastructure and staff training. Antônio and Terezinha have gone on to win countless accolades for their coffee, but in true Rigno-style, Antônio credits his success to his team, most of whom have been with him for over 20 years.


Until next time...

We had such a wonderful time visiting Brazil, learning more about the producers we work with and selecting coffees for the year ahead. We can’t wait to share them with you.

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