Sítio Mãe da Providência
Situated near the city of Poços de Caldas in the South of Minas Gerais State, a volcanic region in Brazil meaning ‘hot springs,’ the area is a prime location for coffee. Sulphur hot springs dot the landscape and provide the soil with a different range of minerals and nutrients. The altitude and microclimate also help promote a rich environment for coffee production.
It was in this ideal setting for producing coffee that Edenilson, along with a friend, purchased an area of land to build his home and began his farm. As his family grew, so did his farm and the quality of coffee. Coffee is the only crop produced, of which, Edenilson dedicates much time and energy towards perfecting. In order to learn more, he participated in the SMC and Cooxupé lessons and lectures. In 2019, he was able to win first place at a specialty coffee award ceremony held by the cooperatives.
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.