Where Our Coffee Comes From
Forty percent of the world’s coffee beans are grown in Brazil.
The largest coffee-growing state in Brazil, Minas Gerais accounts for nearly 50% of the country’s production. It also happens to be a major source of Brazilian specialty coffee – 100% Arabica.
Sul de Minas (also known as South of Minas) has a high altitude, averaging 950m, and a mild annual temperature of around 22 degrees C. It also produces approximately 30% of the country’s coffee, mostly on small farms ranging from 10 to 100 hectares – although that can vary greatly.
As for the flavor profile, you’ll typically find that coffee from Minas Gerais is full-bodied with slightly citric notes and fruity aromas.
Guaxupe is a city in the South of Minas Gerais where Andre and his father learned coffee. Sao Pedro is a farming community 35 minutes and 800 meters higher in elevation than Guaxupe. Sao Pedro is where many coffee farms are located. Andre’s company and warehouse are located in Sao Pedro, Brazil. He has developed a great relationship with many of the farmers and growers in the region.
Espírito Santo is Brazil’s second biggest coffee-producing state, but its largest producer of Robusta. You’ll still find some specialty-grade coffee here, though.
The producing regions within Espírito Santo are: Montanhas do Espírito Santo and Conilon Capixaba. The highland mountain area has mild temperatures and altitudes varying between 700 and 1,000m, allowing it to produce satisfactory specialty-grade coffees. The region’s known for its high acidity and fruitiness. Conilon Capixaba farms are at lower altitudes. Conilon beans, a Brazilian Robusta, is grown there. A blend of Arabica and Robusta is used for our Italian Espresso and our Tradicional Roast.