History of the farm:
Fazenda Recreio, which was a finalist and even a winner of other “Cups of Excellence” such as in 2001 (finalist), 2003 (4th), 2004 (1st), 2008 (2nd), 2009 (3rd), 2010 (4th) and now 2013 (5th), confirms that the farm is special for the production of high-quality coffees.
Located in the city of São Sebastião da Grama, São Paulo, a region known as the Vale da Grama, Fazenda Recreio features excellent characteristics such as fertile soil, mild climate, elevation varying from 1000 to 1300 meters, good exposure to the sun, which make up the perfect environment for the development of coffee crops.
The five generations of the family, since 1890, this year harvested their 120th crop in the name of Homero Teixeira de Macedo Júnior and Maria Dias Teixeira de Macedo. The administration is run by Agricultural Engineer Diogo Dias Teixeira de Macedo, the son of the owners, who has worked on the property since 2000, where he learned a lot about coffee production from his grandfather. Due to the topography of the region, all of the handling of the crop is done by hand, thus the farm has 68 houses with all necessary infrastructure for the comfort of its collaborators. It promotes sports and culture, having a soccer field, a church, a health clinic, and a computer lab for the workers’ children. There are about 75 full-time works and 60 temporary ones who are hired for the coffee harvest.
The owners’ concern for the environment is noticeable; the farm has an extensive area for environmental protection, with native vegetation and exuberant fauna and flora. Along the same lines, a program to reclaim the innumerous springs and riverbanks is being undertaken. Environmental conservation classes and ideas about sustainability are passed on to the collaborators and their families. The harvest, which is done by hand over cloths, beings in the middle of May, when the fruit displays good maturation and a small percentage of green fruits.
All the coffee produced on Fazenda Recreio is tracked, from harvest to shipping and storage in warehouses. This work guarantees the quality and the origin of the coffees produced, thus being referred to as Recreio Estate Coffee. Quality is the main focus of the farm, in order for this to occur perfectly courses on coffee crop management, application of pesticides, post-harvest processing, and sanitation of tools and machines are taught, always thinking about avoiding exposing the recently picked beans to sources of contamination as much as possible.
In order to guarantee and verify the origin, Fazenda Recreio has its production certified according to the UTZ Certified Code of Conduct, which is an international-level set of economic, social and environmental criteria for the responsible production of coffee. The production of specialty coffees by Fazenda Recreio has already been recognized internationally. This demonstrates that the farm is concerned about maintaining quality standards, always innovating and improving the techniques used in the handling, harvest and post-harvest of the product.
|Farm Name||Fazenda Recreio|
|Farmer/Rep.||Homero Teixeira de Macedo Júnior|
|Size (30kg boxes)||50|
|City||São Sebastião da Grama|
|Program||Brazil Naturals 2012|
|Aroma/Flavor||honey, caramel, dark chocolate, sweet, sugar cane, big in the mouth tapioca, marzipan, lily, dense, sherry|
|Acidity||citric, sweet, crisp, clean, sparkling pineapple, lively, malic|
|Other||well balanced sweetness, velvety, long finish, clean, elegant, transparent|
|Coffee Growing Area||222 hectares|
|Farm Size||605 hectares|
|Auction Lot Size (lbs.)||3306.93|
|High bidders||United Coffee UK & Ireland Limited|