Located in the southern part of Minas Gerais, Brazil, Mantiqueira de Minas is a micro-region renowned for consistently producing Brazil's top coffees. Ideal terrain, elevation, and weather conditions all contribute to the production of unique, and high quality coffees. In June of 2020, Mantiqueira de Minas was officially registered as a Demonination of Origin. Prior to that it had the Protected Geographical Indications (PGI). Coffees produced in this region are recognized globally as Brazil's finest and have won countless quality awards over the years.
Our partners CQT and COCARIVE are located in Carmo de Minas, Minas Gerais, Brazil, its 1000 members produce about 200,000 bags (60 kg) of coffee per year. The members producer naturals, as well as pulped naturals, and a very small amount of fully washed coffees. COCARIVE was founded in 1961 and its composed of mostly small holders with 80% of its fazendas smaller than 7 hectares. Situated in the Serra de Mantiqueira, its coffees are grown between 900 and 1500 masl. The mountainous terroir, couples with ideal natural conditions and decades of specialty coffee producing practices have contributed to the year after year production of high quality coffees. Given the terrain, 95% of the picking is done manually. Today these coffees are a point of reference in the global specialty coffee market.