Alto Alegre Coffees is managed by a family of traditional coffee growers who have cultivated the fertile soil of South Minas Gerais since 1880. Today the 5th generation continues this passion for the coffee business.
Their passion for coffee began at the end of the 19th century with Mr. João Luís de Almeida, who created the coffee plantation, passing this on to his son Antônio Luís de Almeida, and grandson, Mr. Benedito Conceição. They are dedicated to the cultivation and production of the best speciality coffee from the South of Minas Gerais.
Located in the city of Jacutinga (Southern Minas Gerais), in the High Frontier Mogiana, the farm is in the optimal place to grow Arabica coffee. In addition to the ideal climate and soil, Alto Alegre Farm is at an extremely favourable altitude for the cultivation of high quality special coffees, with crops that can reach 1,340m (4,400ft). The total area of Alto Alegre Farm is 520 hectares, the area devoted to coffee cultivation is 65 hectares with remaining area devoted to growing cereals and preserving natural resources.
The coffees produced at Alto Alegre Farm are primarily of the Mundo Novo, Yellow Bourbon and Catuaí varieties which have complex profiles and flavour nuances rarely found.
Alto Alegre were finalist in the Illy Coffee Quality Award and the Cup of Excellence of BSCA (Brazil Specialty Coffee Association).
More and more consumers want to know where their food comes from. They want to make sure that food is produced responsibly, with no harm to the environment or exploitation of the workforce. Alto Alegre coffee plantations areplanted in a level curve and using windbreaks. Solid and liquid waste is handled in an environmentally friendly manner. Quality housing and a safe workplace is provided to Alto Alegre workers and their families who live on the farm.
How Is Alto Alegre Coffee Different?
- Single Origin.
- All Alto Alegre coffees are planted and harvested in only one property, guaranteeing homogeneity, quality and traceability.
- Alto Alegre produce three varieties of coffee (we do not produce blends of various types of coffee).
- Optimal Altitude for Coffee.
- Cultivation above 1,300 meters (other specialty coffees vary from 1,000 to 1,200 meters).
- Family production (from farm to cup).
- Alto Alegre Farm owners are directly involved, from planting to selling the final product.
- Alto Alegre Farm produce the best varieties of Arabica coffee (Catuaí, Mundo Novo and Bourbon).