Fazenda Santa Mariana is one of the properties belonging to other family members. Together, this family group, the mother and her four children, grow coffees of the highest quality. As more land has been added, more areas have been planted in coffee. A common area in Rancho Sao Benedito is used for processing, thus reducing consumption of water and energy, conserving natural resources, and making the process more sustainable. The certified seedlings are planted along topographic contour lines with a view to preserving the soil. Marcio Heleno de Carvalho Junqueira manages all family farms. He is constantly guided by the experience of the matriarch Mariana de Carvalho Junqueira and he receives technical guidance on cultivation matters from agricultural experts at Procoffee Foundation, Minas Gerais Extension Services (EMATER), and Rio Verde Valle Regional Coffee Producers Cooperative (COCARIVE). In addition to growing coffee, the farm raises Mangalarga Marchador horses. The farm has 20 employees on payroll, and this number is increased several times over at harvest time. The property borders on urban streets, where its employees have their own homes. They also receive medical care and have access to public schools and a recreation area. All workers use personal protection equipment when necessary.
Coffee processing system
The search for quality begins with the selection of seedlings and varieties. Investing in the quality of its product, Rancho Sao Benedito has a washer, pulper, suspended concrete drying patios, a vertical dryer for natural coffee, a rotating dryer, and special silos for pulped natural coffee. The picked coffee cherries are taken to the processing center, where they are washed and pulped. Next, the beans are carried to the patios and suspended patios, where they are dried in the sun. Once they reach ideal moisture content, they are transported to special silos where they are held for several days until they are processed and bagged for storage at the Rio Verde Valle Regional Coffee Producers Cooperative (COCARIVE), where they will be sold.
Commitment to quality
The owners philosophy places high value on socio-environmental responsibility and personal commitment to the excellence of their product. As a result, their coffees have already been exported to several countries and have garnered the following awards: Finalist, Cup of Excellence competition, Brazil Specialty Coffee Association (BSCA), 2002, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2010, ranking twice in 9th place 2nd place, Minas Gerais Extension Services (EMATER-MG), 2005, and one of 13 finalists in 2006 3rd place, Brazilian Coffee Industry Association (ABIC), 2005 10th place, Illycaffe, 2007-2008, 9th place, 2008-2009, and finalist, 2009-2010. The properties that belong to the family group are certified by the Minas Gerais State Coffee Certification Program Certifica Minas, UTZ Certified and BSCA.
|Farm Name||Fazenda Santa Mariana|
|Farmer/Rep.||Sebastião Marcio de Carvalho Junqueira|
|Country||Brazil Pulped Naturals|
|Size (30kg boxes)||42|
|Program||Brazil Pulped Naturals 2003|
|Processing system||Pulped Natural|
|Coffee Growing Area||20|
|High bidders||Caravan Coffee Co.,Ltd.|