Fazenda Trapiá

DESCRIÇÃO

Situada no município de Baependi, sul de Minas Gerais, tem também plantio e manejo de candeia (uma espécie de árvore bastante adaptável a terrenos pobres e secos, sendo muito utilizada para a composição de reflorestamentos e em áreas degradadas).

Fazenda Trapiá was purchased by Andréa de Souza Rangel and Renato Pita Maciel de Moura, immediately upon their retirement from their urban jobs in Rio de Janeiro city. Although neither Renato nor Andréa had had any experience in agricultural business, they had always dreamed of living in the countryside. Trapiá presented not only the perfect opportunity to fulfill their life-long fondness of farming, but also the finest growing conditions for coffee, of which they have made the most. When the couple bought the farm in 2005, there were only 20,000 coffee trees planted and no infrastructure whatsoever. The farm now has 70 hectares of planted coffee (with around 190,000 plants) and the new owners have built state of the art processing infrastructure. Today the couple live on the farm half their time and have succeeded in achieving BSCA and UTZ certifications.

Other agricultural activities at Trapiá include sustainable forestry, olive trees and honey production with a local beekeeper. Some 40,000 Candeia trees (a native species) have been planted on the farm and are selectively and sustainably harvested once every ten years. 50% of the farm is under conservation, and there are several springs and falls in the farm perimeters, all of them preserved. Environmental programs currently in effect include the planting of native tree species and the establishing of a wildlife corridor, in partnership with neighboring farms.

Coffee in Trapiá is either hand harvested, by means of the stripping method, or else machine harvested, where the terrain allows. Coffee cherries are separated by density and are pulped on the same day, as they are harvested before proceeding to their processing methods. All lots begin their drying on the patio, though some are finished at low, constant heat in the farm’s rotative mechanical dryers. Throughout all stages, the drying process is controlled through periodic humidity measurements, which use a precise capacitance device. The farm has also got its own dry mill. All the processing residues are ecologically managed and then used as fertilizer.

Trapiá employs 13 workers during the low season and up to 25 during the harvest season. In addition to providing livable wages, the farm promotes lectures on health and hygiene, nutrition, and environmental care, for all employees and their families. All the workers housed in the farm (currently 2 families) have confortable houses, electricity, septic tanks, wood burning stoves and hot water, all provided by the farm, in addition to their regular wages. All the children are driven to the local school by the municipality, which also provides health care. Staff turnover rate is very low – surely an extension of the farm’s ethical approach to their workers.

Recently, the owners have installed photovoltaic pannels, and built both a tasting room and a coffee lab.

 

 

 

Certificações

  • UTZ Certified (válido a partir de 18/05/2018 até 18/05/2019 )

  • https://www.utz.org/
  • A UTZ é um programa de sustentabilidade para café, cacau e chá que opera em conjunto com as marcas existentes. Os fazendeiros podem melhorar sua produtividade, qualidade dos produtos e eficiência, cuidando das pessoas e do meio ambiente. Isso permite que eles produzam maiores volumes por menores custos, o que melhora o padrão de vida das comunidades agrícolas. Os consumidores podem usufruir de sua marca favorita e, simultaneamente, contribuir para um mundo sustentável.
 

ENDEREÇO

Estrada dos 03 Pinheiros - Três Pinheiros, Baependi - MG, 37443-000
 
 
 

MÉTODOS DE PROCESSO

  • Natural
  • Pulped Natural
  • Pulped Natural Sun Dry
  • Natural Sun dry
 

ATRIBUTOS

  • Aroma
    -
  • Acidez
    Acidez cítrica
  • Corpo
    Encorpado
  • Sabor
    Caramelo, mel, melaço, , floral, chocolate, cremoso, delicado
  • Finalização
    -
 

ÁREA TOTAL

444 ha
 

COM CAFÉ

70 ha
 

ALTITUDE

  • Mínima: 1150 m
  • Máxima: 1400 m
  • Média: 1275 m