Situated on the border of Sul De Minas and the Cerrado sits the mountainous region of llicinea with farms rising from 1100 – 1350 masl before the land falls away into the expanse of the cerrado. The area is made up of 6 communties. This beautiful area is blessed with a micro climate that provides conditions for producing unique and intriguing coffees. The regions soil is known as cambisolo where the rock is still turning to soil, this places its own unique stress on the plants and the maturation on the cherry. Prior the growers here really struggled with the winds that ravaged the crops, through inquisition and help they have put in systems and planted to trees to help minimise the effect of the wind. The region is still relatively new in terms of knowledge about it as coffees were previously sold under the names of other regions until recently. Now these farms are being recognised for the unique coffees they produce in relation to the region & Brazil and we are happy to bring them to the Uk for the first time.
Sitio Segredo is owned by Rildo Oliveira who since the age of 5 had always wanted to be a coffee producer. When he was old enough he started to work on his Uncles’ farm collecting coffee to earn a wage to start saving. Eventually he was able to have enough money to be able to buy a small farm which he has been able to expand from and acquire the land her farms now. The farm sits at the top on the plateau of Ilicinea blessed with high altitude and beautiful views of the region from its viewpoint. During the harvest coffee is collected by hand selecting the optimum time to pick each segment of the farm and moving higher on the farm as the season develops and cherry matures. Once collected the coffee is transferred to patios to dry for between 10-14 days. The coffee is then milled on the farm once rested and delivered to the Cooperative for storage and security.