Fazenda Floresta

Producer

Guilherme Sodré Alckmin Jr.

Location

Heliodora, MG

Altitude

950m ~ 1.300m

Farm Area

320ha

Coffee Area

150ha

Processing Methods

Naturals and Pulped Naturals.

Certificates

BSCA – Brazilian Specialty Coffee Association.

Coffee Varieties

Yellow Bourbon, Catucaí, Yellow Catucaí, Red Catucaí, Mundo Novo and Acaiá.

Other Farm Products

Bananas, Eucalyptus and Dairy Livestock.
Fazenda Floresta initially was a property of Guilherme’s great uncle. His father bought it in 1986 and a couple of years later invited Guilherme and his brothers to join him in a partnership to manage the farm, and ever since them they’ve focused in coffee growing, cattle breeding and eucalyptus planting.
Guilherme comes from a family with deep roots in coffee business. He represents the 5th generation of the Alckmins working with coffee in the south of Minas Gerais State.
This family has started to harvest coffee in the very beggining of the coffee business in the region, more than a century ago, when the dried beans were transported in donkeys and mules backs or bull-driven carts. At that time, shelling machines were also water-powered.
Back at that time, there were no concern about hte quality of the beans. No one knew about cupping scores. The only thing that mattered was the volume of the production, a rule that persisted until the gates of the 21st century in Brazil.

Investing in Specialty
The turning point happened, in the region, in 2003 when some farmers started using pulping machines to proccess pulped naturals, which initially was spotted as some kind of madness, but a couple of years later changed the whole perception of what was really important to coffee business to become again a economically sustainable activity.
Fazenda Floresta initially was a property of Guilherme’s great uncle. His father bought it in 1986 and a couple of years later invited Guilherme and his brothers to join him in a partnership to manage the farm, and ever since them they’ve focused in coffee growing, cattle breeding and eucalyptus planting.
11 years ago, Guilherme bought his brothers parts and became the only owner of Fazenda Floresta. That was when he decided to invest in the production of Specialty Coffees and in making improvements in the structure of the farm by buying new machinery and investing in renewed facilities.

AWARDS
BSCA – Cup of Excellence finalist in various editions.

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