Located in the region of Sul De Minas, Fazenda Santa Lucia is perfectly situated to grow coffee in Brazil. The 123Ha hectare farm has been in the Garcia Family since 1994. The Family has a history of three generations of coffee producers initially beginning with Alexandre Garcia Capelo who inspired his son Antonio Wander Garcia to follow in his footsteps and farm coffee studying Agricultural engineering and specifically researching plant reproduction and plant nutrition. This family tradition has followed onto Antonio’s son, André Luiz Alvarenga Garcia who also studied agricultural engineering like his father with focus on pruning and production. With this knowledge they now work together on the Fazenda Santa Lucia with detailed care and attention to create the best growing environment for the coffee trees. They have implemented the use of more organic fertilisers as well as reducing the volume of agrochemicals they use on the crop. Since taking over the farm they have implemented the planting of native fruit trees each year as well as bracharia (a type of grass) and banana plants in between the rows of coffee plants to help maintain the health of the soils and prevent erosion. The farm also uses the practise of cyclical pruning on a 2 or 4 year rotation depending on the climate and the structural condition of the plant. This helps to strengthen the plant and reduces its susceptibility to disease.
Fazenda Santa Lucia has 11 permanent employees each who have worked on the farm for over 20 years. Each year the employees will also receive a 10% premium bonus at the end of the Harvest when coffee is sold as specialty.
This lot was harvested in August where 40% is done by hand and 60% by mechanical picking. The coffee is then separated for ripeness before then being fermented in a tiled tank for 48 hours with water and then dried on the patio for 30 days. The Peaberry is separated out when they mill the coffee and sort it by screen size..