Sítio Serra do Boné
Araponga, where this coffee is grown, is situated within the state of Minas Gerais. This region, and the work of Carlos Sanglard at the beginning of Sitio Serra do Bone, allowed for the exceptional development of coffee in Minas Gerais. Coffee employs 75,000 people directly, and 156,000 people indirectly in Araponga. The rich ecosystems are preserved, allowing for the successful production of high-quality coffee.
The topographic and micro-climatic conditions of the location offer an ideal environment for producing excellent quality coffee, which is apparent in the farm’s multiple COE wins since 2003. Annual average rainfall reaches 1,500mm (60 inches) and average annual temperature is 15°C (59°F). The dark red soil is highly fertile. Weeds are managed by manual weeding and clearing, and these are then allowed to decompose naturally on the ground to allow their nutrients to be reabsorbed into the soil. No herbicides are used.
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.