The Fazenda Cachoeira da Grama farm has been in the Carvalho Dias family since 1890, and we've been sourcing from them for nearly twenty years.
We remember the first time we visited the farm and cupped this Brazilian coffee - it really opened our minds to what great coffee can be. Gabriel de Carvalho Dias doesn’t just consistently produce great coffee, he also considers social and environmental sustainability at the core of Brazilian coffee production.
Gabriel is one of Brazil’s leading agronomists, and his family owns several farms that border one another. Fazenda Cachoeira da Grama is 417 hectares, and 64 are planted with coffee. The coffee is picked and maintained by hand, and the mill is located 45 minutes away near Poços de Caldas.
This farm has a school, a club, a full-sized soccer field for employees, and 47 houses with modern facilities. The family invests heavily in the farm's coffee processing facilities. Wastewater is treated to avoid polluting their stream, and the farm has a small hydroelectric plant used during the peak harvest. Gabriel and family grow mostly Yellow Bourbon, Canario and Mundo Novo varietals, but also invest in planting new ones and experimenting with new techniques. The family is trialling fermentation experiments with the support of experts from the nearby University of Lavras.
The Carvalho Dias family's dedication to preserving the land and supporting their communities has allowed them to produce one of the most consistent and delicious coffees that holds a special signifance for us.