Varietal: 100% Sabia
Processing: Natural, dried on patio
Altitude: 1,200 metres above sea leve
Owner: Henrique Dias Cambraia
Town / City: Santo Antônio do Amparo
Region: Sul de Minas Gerais
Overall: Berries, hazelnut, dense body, good depth
Fazenda Samambaia - Brazil
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 very important basins in
Brazil: the Grande River Basin (which runs to the south) and the São Francisco River Basin (which runs to the northeast).
Henrique Dias Cambraia, farmer of Fazenda Samambaia, attributes the success of his farm to a combination of
various factors, not least: the farm’s geographic location; competent technical management of the plantations, with
individualized phytosanitary controls of the planting fields; constant training based on total quality control programs;
and, most importantly, the involvement of the whole team that works on the farm.
Henrique is committed not only to producing high quality coffee, but to farming in a way that is socially responsible
and environmentally sustainable. He is happy to say that, during his absence from the farm between March 2000 and
July 2001 – when he was studying towards a Master's degree in International Business in Phoenix, Arizona – his
employees demonstrated that they fully understood and were capable of upholding the Samambaia concept of
The farms of the Dias Cambraia family have been receiving technical assistance from Agronomist Josué Pereira de
Figueiredo, Ph.D. for over ten years. Dr. Figueiredo was the technical coordinator of Brazilian Coffee Institute (IBC)
and was also a Cup of Excellence finalist in 2001 and 2015. Henrique also regularly attends events organised by the
Association of the Coffee Producers of Southern Minas Gerais (Sulminas-Café) and other similar bodies, to ensure that
the Dias Cambraia farms remain at the forefront of new technologies and techniques.
Recently, Henrique Dias Cambraia was elected President of Sulminas-Café. Together with other 20 coffee producers of
the Santo Antônio do Amparo region, he founded the Santo Antônio Estate Coffee, to build relationships with the
specialty coffee market.
Fazenda Samambaia has won many awards for its high quality coffee, including Cup of Excellence.