This new coffee can already be ordered now and will be available for dispatch from 23/4
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.
These coffees are picked manually, which requires a large workforce.
Jarbas is processing coffees as pulped natural, washed and natural, but we are only buying Natural coffees. This is where the whole cherries are dried.
At Sitio Bela Vista there are facilities for drying cherry on patio and on raised beds, the patios are covered but the raised beds are uncovered. They sort the coffee while it is drying.
Cherry drying on patios take up to 10 days, while on the beds takes up to 20 days. This is of course climate dependent.