Tea Rose Aromas, Red Fruits and Rapadura-like Sweetness
|100%||WOMEN COFFEE GROWERS ‘FLORES EM AÇÃO’
BRAZIL, Mantiqueira de Minas, Farm Sítio Nossa Senhora Aparecida
Microlot, Natural, Drying Beds, Mundo Novo, 1280 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 Marcia.
Márcia is a true warrior and always up for a challenge. So, it was no surprise to listen to the pride with which Márcia told us the story of how she had won a competition for the fastest coffee picker of Minas Gerais, Brazilian’s largest coffee producing state. Unbelievably she harvested with a hand rake 108 kilos of coffee cherries in 30 minutes!
Through dedication, hard work and patience Márcia and her husband established a beautiful 4 ha coffee farm and a welcoming family home. Márcia says: ‘Working with coffee gives us days of disappointment when coffee prices are low and we have to be artists to keep our expenses at bay. But it also provides days of happiness, especially when we produce quality coffees which are recognised making the effort worthwhile for me and my family.’
Whilst coffee is the main income for the family, Márcia roasts her own coffee in 1 kilo batches over an open fire which is then sold locally. We often hear about the succession challenge of coffee framers. Not so for Marcia. Andressa, Marcia’s daughter, has already leased her first plot of land to produce coffee, and Bruno, her son, plans to study agronomy.