Fazenda Rainha belongs to the Carvalho Dias family since 1890. Gabriel de Carvalho Dias, nephew of the owner is responsible for managing the farm, which is located exactly on the boarder with the State of Minas Gerais, and has the characteristics of the mountainous regions of Mogiana and South Minas. Plantations are handled manually, because the local topography does not allow any type of mechanization. Social and environmental aspects are considered fundamental by the farms management. The farm has a program to plant native species to maintain the ecological balance. Furthermore, the employees live in houses with complete infrastructure; there is a school for their children and a leisure area for the families with a club and an official soccer field. The water used in the farm is treated to avoid polluting its water sources. The farm is at an altitude between 1100 and 1500 meters with average annual rainfalls between 1800 and 2000 mm, and an average temperature of 19°C – ideal conditions for coffee growing. Fazenda Rainha continues to produce coffees of the Bourbón variety, famous for its exceptional quality.
Coffee processing system
Coffee is picked manually on cloth, to avoid that the beans touch the soil. As soon as possible the beans are transferred to the processing area, always on the same day they are picked, to avoid any fermentation risks. After the coffee is picked and arrives at the processing area it is immediately washed, when the beans are separated according to size and density and the dry beans (boia beans) are separated from the rest, and then the coffee is transferred to the terrace to dry. The other beans are sent to the cherry pulper where only the ripe beans are pulped, separating them from the green beans during this stage. The cherry pulped beans are dried on a terrace until the coffee reaches 20% humidity. At this stage the beans are transferred to the driers for their humidity level to be reduced to 11%. Subsequently, the coffee is transported to the warehouse – which maintains low humidity levels and is free of odors that may affect coffee. Concern with quality The quality of the coffees produced at Fazenda Rainha is the result of the great dedication and care exerted from planting the nursery trees to harvesting and then processing the beans. The work performed by Regina Helena Mello de Carvalho Dias and her family to produce distinct quality cups led the coffees produced at her farm to be one of the finalists of the Cup of Excellence Contests – 2000, 2001 and 2005 editions. Furthermore, the coffees produced in Fazenda Cachoeira, which also belongs to the Carvalho Dias family, were classified in the Cup of Excellence Contests of 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004 and 2005.
|Farm Name||Fazenda Rainha|
|Farmer/Rep.||Regina Helena Mello De Carvalho Dias|
|Country||Brazil Pulped Naturals|
|Size (30kg boxes)||82|
|City||São Sebastião Da Grama|
|Program||Brazil Pulped Naturals 2006|
|Processing system||Pulped Natural|
|Coffee Growing Area||190|
|High bidders||Katocoffee Inc.|