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Fazenda Passeio Experimental Plot

Fazenda Passeio is located in prime specialty coffee country in the heart of Sul de Minas. The farm’s 130 hectares of plantations lie between 1,100 and 1,200 metres above sea level, in a mountainous area with excellent soil fertility and regular rains. The farm belongs to our exporting partners at SMC, a coffee-producer organization based in Guaxupe, working to connect high quality coffee producers with markets throughout the world.
Fazenda Passeio cultivates several different coffee varietals – including Mundo Novo, Catuaí, Acaiá, Icatú, and Bourbon amongst others. This particular coffee quite unique and is the first of its kind at Fazenda Passeio. The Pau-Brasil MG1 cultivar is derived from artificial hybridization between Red Catuaí and Timor Hybrid, created by a team of researchers from EPAMIG (Farming Research Company of Minas Gerais)/UFV (Viçosa Federal University). This varietal was experimentally constructed to combat the threat of Coffee Leaf Rust. In addition to its disease-resistance, Pau Brasil is also high-yielding and able to maintain high quality. This varietal is not common amongst farms in Brazil, but its short stature makes it easy to incorporate into farms.

  • Farm Fazenda Passeio
  • Varietal Pau-Brasil MG1
  • Process Natural
  • Altitude 1,100-1,200 metres above sea level
  • Town / City Alfenas
  • Region Minas Gerais
  • Owner Adolfo Henrique Vieira Ferreira
  • Tasting Notes Blueberry, orange, wafer
  • Farm Size 130 hectares
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Fazenda Passeio Experimental Plot

The Vieira Ferreira family has specialized in coffee production for three generations and is now headed by Adolfo Vieira Ferreira, whose attention to detail and commitment to producing top-class specialty coffee is second to none. To guarantee quality, the farm employs a high number of skilled workers to carry out most of the production process by hand – from soil preparation for planting, to handpicking of the ripe cherries. In return, the farm looks after its workers – permanent workers and their families live on-site and are provided with schooling for their children, professional training, and environmental education.

The farm also takes environmental sustainability seriously and abides by all Brazilian environmental protection laws. Its native forests are set aside as protected reserves and are often visited by tourists, school children and ecologists. The farm also regularly plants new trees, particularly around its water sources, to maintain the local ecosystem. Additionally, the Passeio team are working to install photovoltaic panels to provide clean energy to the whole property.

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.