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|100%||WOMEN COFFEE GROWERS ‘FLORES EM AÇÃO’
BRAZIL, Mantiqueira de Minas, Farm Fazenda Fortaleza Soares
Microlot, Natural, Drying Beds, Acaia, 1050 MASL
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23 Degrees recently visited the women coffee growers of the APAS cooperative. Under the project ‘Flores em ação’ (Flowers in action) women coffee growers of the cooperative are encouraged to harvest, process and market their own microlot coffees, thereby receiving the recognition and direct remuneration for their passion, dedication and skills in producing specialty coffee. One of its women coffee producers is Lucimeire or in short ‘Meiri’.
The Brazilian saying ‘Pau pra toda obra’ (jack of all trades) best describes Lucimeire Martin or in short ‘Meiri’. Meiri met and married Gilson Soares, the son of a coffee grower, and together they raised two sons and one daughter. Coffee has been the main source of income for the family with Meiri working on the coffee farm, raising the children, managing the household and earning a supplementary income by preparing lunches for surrounding farm workers.
Traditionally women like Meiri have always been involved in coffee farming however she has not necessarily received recognition nor remuneration for her work. Meiri now for the first time has harvested, processed and marketed her very own coffee, which she lovingly calls ‘Meiri’s coffee’. As for harvesting, Meiri decided to selective hand pick her microlot coffee , which involves hand harvesting only ripe coffee cherries. This is undoubtedly the most labour intense way of harvesting coffee however produces the highest quality results.
Meiri for the first time has opened her very own bank account in her own name for the proceeds from the coffee and plans to get her very own driver’s licences. … Many firsts for Meiri! This makes us smile!!