REGION. Mococa, São Paulo, Brazil FARM. Fazenda Ambiental Fortaleza PRODUCER. Silvia Barretto VARIETAL. Yellow Catuaí PROCESS. Natural ELEVATION. 1.000–1.100 masl FLAVOR. Red Grape, Fruit Punch and Rose.
Fazenda Ambiental Fortaleza, an organic-certified farm in the Mococa region of Brazil, is owned by Silvia Barretto and her husband Marcos Croce, who along with their son Felipe, manage the farm.
Mrs. Barretto's family owned the farm since 1850, and she herself inherited it in 2002. As an experienced beekeeper, Mrs. Berretto had first-hand knowledge of the effects that chemicals have on farmlands and the lives they nurture. Setting her sights on establishing a fully organic farm, she completely transformed the property. Following a difficult period which resulted in poor yields, Mr. Barretto and Mr. Croce focused their efforts on cultivating healthy permaculture, which paid off big time.
The success of the couple and their farm spread throughout the region, and the two became passionate ambassadors of sustainable, specialty grade coffee cultivation, empowering their neighbors and their community. The Barretto-Croce family represents everything we look for in both partners and coffees, and we're extremely happy to present to you one of their coffees again this year.
Read more about the story of Silvia Barretto and her farm, Fazenda Ambiental Fortaleza,on our blog.