Sitio do Prata
Marlene has been involved in coffee her whole life. Having first learned coffee processing from her farther, Marlene today manages her farm in the Nova Resende City area, not far from where she learned the techniques that she still uses to this day.
Having grown up on her father’s farm, Marlene, along with her 10 siblings, would assist with the harvest; helping pick the coffee cherry by hand. Having spent so much time in the field, Marlene was able to learn about the production process, as well as the care needed to obtain excellent coffee. Today, along with her husband, Osvaldo Bachião, Marlene manages her farm, Sitio Prata, continuing in the world of coffee with great dedication. Many of Marlene’s siblings also do the same, each with their farm close by, just like the generations before them.
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.