Raspberry lollies, honey and almonds.
Region: Mantiqueira de Minas
State: Minas Gerais
Altitude: 1,150 masl
Variety: Red Catuaí
Grower: Thiago Souza
Sourced Through: Southland Merchants
Sitio Tejuco Preto is managed by Thiago Souza - who is the third generation of his family to grow coffee. His grandfather started coffee production in an attempt to add income to the family and he got successful.
“Since then my parents have also been involved in coffee production and this activity has brought all of us to the coffee culture. Our family has always produced specialty coffees but never knew the real potential quality they have in hands. We achieve a lot in quality and processing, but we are always looking for process improvement and high quality production."
Thiago finished high school, decided to go to Math University but didn’t enjoy, so after a year he went back to his parents' house and started to work with them on the field. After a year working there, he started liking coffee and seeking to learn more. “I fell in love with the entire coffee production chain and each day I'm more in love with the connections that coffee gives us”, Thiago says.
Mantiqueira de Minas region is located in the southern part of Minas Gerais state, a region naturally gifted with unique conditions for the production of specialty coffees, with fertile soils, a predominance of sunlight and high elevations that vary between 900 and 1, 500 meters. An area with exceptional terroir, producing singular coffees that year after year are prized in renowned coffee quality competitions like the Cup of Excellence, it encompasses the municipalities of Cristina, Olímpio Noronha, Lambari, Santa Rita do Sapucaí, among others and apart from Mantiqueira itself. Mantiqueira de Minas is part of the Serra da Mantiqueira micro-region, which comprises over 7,000 coffee growers with an estimated output of 1 million bags; the first in Brazil to obtain the Geographical Indication seal for coffee in 2011, which indicates that coffees produced in this region have unique qualities and features that are essentially attributed to their origin.
About Southland Merchants:
Nadia and Andre were born and raised in Brazil. In 2003 they established their export company and got involved in the coffee industry building a close relationship with local producers. Realising their dream of living in Australia, with its flourishing coffee culture, great people and breathtaking landscapes, Nadia and Andre moved to Adelaide in 2017 with their three children.