This coffee comes from the mountainous Mantiqueira de Minas region in the south of Minas Gerais state. This area’s consistently mild climate and rich soil create ideal conditions for producing high quality coffee. Granja São Francisco has been owned by the Ribeiro family since 1937. It was originally acquired by the grandfather of current owner, Otaviano Ribeiro Ceglia, who now runs the farm with his wife, Maria José Junqueira Ceglia, and their son Luis.
35 of the farm’s 378 hectares are planted out with coffee, which is grown 900-1,300 metres above sea level. At harvest time, the coffee cherries are hand picked when fully ripe. They are then carefully processed using the pulped natural method: the skin and fruit are removed and the sticky, parchment-covered beans are laid out to dry on cement patios and raked regularly to ensure they dry evenly and consistently.
The high quality of the Ribeiro family’s coffee has been recognised by local and international competition juries on many occasions. Their most recent accolades include winning fifth, sixth and eighth place in the Quality Coffees of Brazil contest, and twelfth place in the Cup of Excellence Natural Late Harvest competition.