History of the farm
The history of Fazenda Central Mattos – Santa Rita began around the end of the 19th century, when in 1885 family patriarch Francisco Firmo de Mattos began rural activities at Fazenda do Riacho in the city of Contagem, MG, planting the family’s first coffee fields, which became the family’s main economic activity at the time. With the crisis of 1930, the spread of real estate speculation, the sickness and death of the producer’s father in 1956, the family was obligated to abandon the coffee fields of Contagem and seek new horizons.Filomena Estefânia and 5 siblings moved to Patrocínio, MG, in the 80s. Today, of the 6 families, only she continues the passion for coffee, and prosperously. They pioneered pulped natural coffees in the region and were also very focused on the quality of their beans.Since 2004, the producer’s daughter, Maria Thereza de Mattos Couto, has been at the head of the coffee business. Together with her team, she works every day to improve the productivity, quality and sustainability of the business.More information is available at www.cafefilomenaestefania.com.br
Coffee processing system
As the producer knows her fields well, she knew beforehand that this plot had potential for productivity and quality. Before the harvest, they did quality mapping of the plots and discovered the high potential for cup quality of this plot.Later the coffee cherries were harvested selectively, the ripest beans separated, and dried on African beds. All of this was done with much care, dedication and commitment from the team. Without the effort of all, no project achieves success.All processes are tracked, from planting, cultivation, harvest, drying process, milling, transportation and warehousing.
Concern about quality
Each plot is studied individually according to the terroir, varieties, leave and soil analysis, seeking better utilization of biological control of pests and organo-mineral fertilizer Organo-mineral fertilizer is used on the farm with a goal of high quality and sustainability. Green biomass management is also used to preserve the soil and increase organic material. In addition to this, all the plots are treated individually, from planting to harvest. Coffee is picked separately and cared for separately in post-harvest; each plot is harvested and dried separated in lots that are only mixed if they have the same characteristics in the cup.All samples are cupped according to SCAA methodology. All workers do annual training on quality, sustainability and well-being standards. All use personal protection gear and receive bonuses for performance.The farm has a policy of preserving the environment and raising awareness among all involved through workshops and good practices.Soil and leaf analyses are performed. Decisions are made according to these analyses and diagnostics in the field.For the control of pests, a maximum of biological products is used.There is a designated shed for poisons and other for empty packaging, which is returned. All waste is sorted. On the farm, hunting, fishing and tree cutting are prohibited.
UTZ and RAINFOREST ALLIANCE certifications
UTZ _ CF 1000003251
RAINFOREST ALLIANCE – IMA – G – 000312
The farm is a member of BSCA and the Cerrado Mineiro region. The farm continuously invests in machinery, patios and people. The search for information is also constant, through workshops and courses.
|Farm Name||Fazenda Santa Rita – Central Mattos|
|Farmer/Rep.||Filomena Estefânia de Mattos Couto|
|City||Patrocínio – MG|
|Program||Brazil Naturals 2018|
|Aroma/Flavor||lack cherry, red apple, lemon, strawberry, fig, dates, champagne, nougat|
|Acidity||lactic, complex, bright, lime|
|Other||long, sweet finish, molasses, cranberry, candied, well balanced, green apple|
|Coffee Growing Area||250.43 ha|
|Farm Size||341.41 ha|
|Auction Lot Size (lbs.)||793.66|
|Auction Lot Size (kg)||360|
|Business Phone Number||+55 31 99982-0380|
|Business Address||[email protected]|