Fazenda Campo Alegre

Rounded and sweet with toffee caramel, hazelnut and chocolate flavours, full body and low in acidity with a long aftertaste.


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  • Country: Brazil
  • Region: Sul de Minas (Minas Gerais).
  • Town: Santo Antônio do Amparo.
  • Farm: Campo Alegre.
  • Owner: Henrique Dias Cambraia.
  • Processing: Pulped Natural, Dried on patio.
  • Altitude: 950 to 1,150 Metres above sea level.
  • Varietal: 100% Yellow Catuaí.

The cool, green hills of Sul de Minas provide ideal conditions for coffee growing and produce some of Brazil’s finest beans.  The region is known locally as ‘Vertentes’, because it forms a border between two very important basins in Brazil: the Grande River Basin (which runs to the south) and the São Francisco River Basin (which runs to the northeast).

Campo Alegre (Happy Field), one of the three ‘production plots’ (or sub-farms) of Fazenda Samambaia. Currently, Samambaia is divided into 3 different production areas: Campo Alegre, Samambaia and Condomínio. All are situated in the same microregion and the distances between them are around 15 km each.

Henrique Dias Cambraia, farmer of Fazenda Samambaia, attributes the success of his farm and of Campo Alegre to a combination of various factors, not least: the farm’s geographic location; competent technical management of the plantations, with individualized phytosanitary controls of the planting fields; constant training based on total quality control programs; and, most importantly, the involvement of the whole team that works on the farm.

Henrique is committed not only to producing high quality coffee, but to farming in a way that is socially responsible and environmentally sustainable.  He is happy to say that, during his absence from the farm between March 2000 and July 2001 – when he was studying towards a Master’s degree in International Business in Phoenix, Arizona – his employees demonstrated that they fully understood and were capable of upholding the Samambaia concept of sustainability.

The coffee is processed using a pulped natural method. Harvesting on the farm is undertaken with a great effort towards preserving quality. After being pulped, the coffee is then delivered to dry on the farm’s extensive patios, where it is regularly turned to ensure even drying.

Roast level: medium roast.

Fazenda Campo Alegre is very delicious in every kind of coffee method.