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Sitio Corrego Grande
São Pedro da União
1,100m above sea level
For three generations, the Reis family has farmed coffee. Today, Sergio looks to take the farm to new heights after placing 30th in the 2018 cup of excellence competition
First acquired by Sergio’s grandfather, Horácio Eduardo, Sitio Corrego Grande has been a part of the Reis family for nearly 50 years. After purchasing the property in the 70s, Horácio managed the farm for several years before handing it over to his son, Ademar Eduardo. Ademar managed the estate throughout much of the 90s, diversifying their crop to include sugar cane. During this time, Ademar worked closely with his son, Sergio. Ademar decided to make it his mission to teach his son everything he knew so that Sergio could continue building the family’s history.
Today, Sergio has done just that and continues to grow his family’s legacy. Although a small portion of the farm is now reserved for growing cereals, the Reis family has always focused on producing spectacular coffees. So much so, Sergio recently graduated after studying agriculture to improve his work at Sítio Córrego Grande. Sergio’s hard work paid off, and in 2018 Sítio Córrego Grande was a finalist in the Brazil Naturals Cup of Excellence
Coffee from Sítio Córrego Grande is processed using both pulped natural and natural methods. For this natural lot, the coffee cherry is first picked when at its most ripe, before being taken to Sítio Córrego Grande’s patios. Here, cherry is classified and defined into lots by variety and day of picking. Next, thecherries are sorted to remove any under or over ripes. Once complete, the coffee cherry is next evenly spread over the patios, helping to create optimum drying conditions. Once a moisture content of 12% orlower is recorded, dried cherry is collected and transported to the mill. Here, the coffee is milled of its cherry, before being prepped for export.