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Campo Alegre Microlot

The cool, green hills of Sul de Minas provide ideal conditions for coffee growing and produce some of Brazil’s finest beans. The region is known locally as ‘Vertentes’ because it forms a border between two important basins in Brazil: the Grande River Basin (which runs to the south) and the São Francisco River Basin (which runs to the northeast).

It is here that we find Campo Alegre (Happy Field), one of the three ‘production plots’ (or sub-farms) of Fazenda Samambaia. Currently, Samambaia is divided into 3 different production areas: Campo Alegre, Samambaia and Condomínio. All are situated in the same microregion and the distances between them are around 15 km each.

  • Farm Campo Alegre
  • Varietal Acaia
  • Process Aerobic Fermentation
  • Altitude 950 to 1,150 metres above sea level
  • Town / City Santo Antônio do Amparo
  • Region Sul de Minas (Minas Gerais)
  • Owner Henrique Dias Cambraia
  • Tasting Notes Treacle, jam, strawberry
  • Farm Size 1,025 hectares
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Campo Alegre Microlot

Campo Alegre occupies some of the higher points of Samambaia, lying between 950 and 1,150 metres above sea level. Coffee varieties planted on the plot include: Yellow Bourbon; Catiguá; Acaiá; Mundo Novo; Yellow Catucaí; Yellow and Red Catuaí; Topázio; Icatú; Rubi and Arara. This particular lot hailing from Campo Alegre is 100% Acaia that has been processed using the Natural method. There is also a sizeable varietal garden on Campo Alegre where the farm grows 19 different Bourbon varieties. This garden is a project that has been undertaken in partnership with a well-known agricultural research institute in Brazil (in the Samambaia plot, a parallel project has established an additional 54 varieties coming from all parts of the world).

About Brazil

Coffee was introduced to the country back in the early 18th century, which rapidly spread throughout Brazil, making it the leading producer of coffee worldwide.

Additionally, Brazil is the only country to utilize mechanized harvesting tools to assist with the extensive coffee fields. The flat topography of the country allows for the ease of machines to slowly comb through the coffee trees and remove ripe cherries. Advanced agricultural technology has allowed for the even harvesting of cherries and prevents uneven harvesting.

Today, the well-known coffee producing regions are Espirito Santo, São Paulo, Minas Gerais, and Bahia.