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Notes: Plum / Chamomile / Candied Orange
Origin: Brazil (Mantiqueira de Minas)
Varietals: Yellow Catuai
Producers: Jarbas Cleto Lopes
Joanne visited Jarbas in July 2019 and he was a man full of jubilant energy. His parents had been very fond of coffee and coffee farming although they gave up their farm and moved with him to the city when he was 6 years of age. So it was with great delight that he bought his farm in 1985, and left his banking career for farming.
Jarbas has become one of our most loyal and honest suppliers. He is hardworking and manages his farm with care, this is evident when you visit him. He is a member of the Apas Cooperative.
While Jarbas was originally a son of coffee farmers, his family moved to the city when he was 6 years old and no longer farmed. Jarbas himself began his career as a banker, but quietly dreamed of farming coffee. It was with much happiness he fulfilled that dream in 1985 when he bought the farm Sitio Bela Vista. He sold his house in the city and moved his 3 sons and 1 daughter to the countryside. They are all now studying in Sao Paulo.
He began by planting 8,000 yellow Catuai trees in 1988, and has slowly built infrastructure across the farm from the concrete patio for drying to a house for his employees, and has managed to buy machinery. Later on he also planted a further 40,000 trees of Acai, Icatu, and Catucai varieties.
In 2000 they began the legalization process of the Legal Reserve, most of the farm is preservation area. They joined APAS-Alto das Serra Producers Association, through which they had access to training and were able to constantly train the employees with several courses, improving good production practices with improved quality and sustainability. Nowadays they have a good infrastructure such as cemented yard and suspended drying places, washer, dryer, wooden bins, accommodation for temporary workers of the harvest and housing for employees.
Jarbas is a member of the APAS-Alto das Serra Producers Association, APAS has recently become a co operative and is the group that we work with to run an annual competition with producers.