Fair Trade in Brazil

Fair Trade in Brazil

Our Brazilian Fairtrade coffee beans are produced by a number of farms all belonging to an association of small-scale farmers located in the state of Minas Gerais in southeastern Brazil. The Associação Dos Costas organization was founded in March 1989 and has since grown to represent over 120 producers and their families.

Associação dos Costas is passionate about improving the quality of its coffee and is devoted to preserving the environment. The association completed several extensive soil analyses and geographic mapping projects in 2009 as well as quality improvement training. Producers are motivated to apply their new skills and continue improving their crop.

A partnership with the local government helped the organization provide dental service and a drug rehabilitation program. They dedicated a portion of their Fairtrade to fund materials and equipment for the local kindergarden. They also constructed a computer lab in the Community Center, open to all, not just association members.

The Mogiana region stretches across the top part of São Paulo and into the dispute region of Minas Gerais. Mogiana is named after the Companhia Mogiana Estrada de Ferro train line, founded and funded by coffee expansion in the interior of Sao Paulo. The farms can range in size from 15 hectares to 500 hectares. All are similarly farmed under quite intensive conditions, with little irrigation and shade protection.

Média Mogiana coffees have a medium fruit like acidity with chocolate and almond like sweetness. A popular way to drink coffee in Brazil is as a cafezinho (translated as "little coffee"). Served in tiny cups, cafezinho is traditionally served with plenty of sugar, starting with dissolving the sugar in water. It has a far stronger concentration of flavour than standard drip coffee, and even espresso. In Brazil, cafezinho is generally served black, but many people prefer it with a little milk or cream.

Ask us about our other Fairtrade coffees or take a look at our range here.