Back in 2015 we visited a lot of producers, exporters and traders across Brazil.
Coocapec Cooperative in Mogiana were one of the highlights. Over the past three years many of our Mogiana lots have been sourced and blended by this cooperative. Lots of large and small scale cooperative coffee farmers go into creating our cup profiles.
We came away convinced that the ultimate Mogiana profile was still from this cooperative, We also learnt a lot historical references of the ‘old’ train route defining some of the more general Mogiana regions. The reality is this little region had the smallest Arabica coffee production in Brazil. We drove from Santos up through the main coffee producing regions heading onto Franca.
The global coffee networks had focused heavily on the ‘coffee’ losses. Little had been mentioned of the impact on farmers. In reality we witnessed then human and environmental impacts. Near empty reservoirs, farm fires and perhaps the realisation of how important the natural network of springs in the interior were to farmers and reservoirs are for the cities and towns. Coffee is important as a livelihood, but, the environment impacts on all. The natural order of the ‘rains’ and the importance of preserving and cleaning the springs, became a ‘flashpoint’ of this trip.
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