Coqueiro Farm is located in the Serra da Mantiqueira region, in Carmo de Minas, a city internationally recognized for its coffee tradition. Paulo Sérgio Carneiro Ribeiro
With over 40 years of farming experience, the family is committed to sustainable production focusing on quality.
Fazenda Coqueiro is an exception among Brazilian farms. Labor costs are high in Brazil and it is often unaffordable to hire enough workers to harvest large farms. Instead, most farms use machines to harvest cherry. However, Fazenda Coqueiro hires workers to selectively handpick cherry. They spread cloth on the group to keep cherry from falling in the dirt. Harvested cherry is taken to the farm’s processing center.
Cherry is pulped on site. Parchment and remaining mucilage is laid to dry on patios. Parchment is raked frequently to ensure even drying. Drying is finished in a mechanical dryer to reach optimal moisture content. Parchment is bagged and stored in Carmo de Minas at COCARIVE’s warehouse before being milled and prepared for export.
COCARIVE (Cooperativa Reg Cafeicultores Vale do Rio Verde Ltda) gives support to its members in all parts of the production chain. Their team of agronomists and technical experts assists with cultivation techniques, machinery, storage and finally commercialization of the beans.
Once parchment is dry, cooperative members sent their coffee to the COCARIVE warehouses. The cooperative takes further care of grading, commercialization and export. They have their own quality lab and storage and milling facilities in Carmo de Minas.
At the dry mill where they prepare the coffee for export. COCARIVE has its own laboratory for quality control. Their team of trained cuppers and Q graders makes the first selection based on cup quality. They will verify which lots are suitable and of high enough cup quality for specialty microlots. Their quality control team checks the quality of every lot at a variety of times throughout the dry milling process analyzing both physical green and cup characteristics.
All COCARIVE member farms have the Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) certificate. On top of that, they are all certified by the Brazilian Specialty Coffee Association (BSCA). This certificate is a guarantee from BSCA that every aspect of labor at the farm is legal. It also guarantees the implementation of environmentally friendly practices on the farm during all steps of the coffee production process.