January 2014 - Gabriel Carvalho Dias: Brazil Fazenda Cachoeria De Grama
Fazenda Cachoeira da Grama has been in the Carvalho Dias family since 1890 and recently celebrated its 108th crop. It is located in São Paolo state, just 3 miles from the border with Minas Gerais state. It enjoys the typical characteristics of the mountainous Mogiana and Sul de Minas regions and is located at an altitude of 1,100-1,250 metres. Gabriel de Carvalho Dias is one of Brazil’s leading agronomists. His family owns several farms which border each other in this area. With a total area of 417 hectares, Fazenda Cachoeira da Grama has a coffee plantation area of 165 hectares. On this farm, everything is done manually since its topography does not allow any kind of mechanisation. The mill is located close to the spa town of Poços de Caldas, which is 45 minutes from the farm.
Social and environmental sustainability is considered to be very important here. The farm has a programme of planting native species to maintain a better ecological balance. There is also a school, a club, and an official size soccer field for the employees and workers. There are 47 houses, all with modern facilities. The waste water is treated to avoid polluting the stream that runs across the farm. The farm has a small hydroelectric plant and only buys energy during the peak harvest. Some of the original Bourbon varietal trees are as much as 108 years old.
You can buy Gabriel's Coffee here