Beans that tell a story
If there is a product that narrates the history of Brazil so well, it is coffee, and in the Sul de Minas / South of Minas it would be no different. Located in the state of Minas Gerais, the region is considered the largest coffee producing region in Brazil, where there are important coffee cities such as Três Pontas, Guaxupé and Varginha, which is the main coffee commercialization place in the country and in the world, where the main exporters and brokers of arabica coffee are concentrated.
From the top of the coffee plantations in the Sul de Minas, we saw the birth and death of the Brazilian aristocracy, the sadness that came with slavery, the awakening of industrialization and the first steps towards foreign trade. The fact is that coffee was one of the main factors responsible for the expansion of agriculture in the region and, above all, for the development of the economy in Minas Gerais and in Brazil.
The Sul de Minas region is composed of 146 municipalities and began to establish itself in the mid-19th century, with the arrival of immigrants, mainly Italians and Syrian-Lebanese. At that time, Arabica coffee plantations became part of the local landscape. Due to the high altitudes and the mild climate, directly influenced by the Serra da Mantiqueira, the coffee plantations gained strength and, today, Sul de Minas is a reference in the production of high quality coffee.
Artisanal production is also a determining factor for the success of the region. Most producers who are dedicated to growing coffee in this part of Brazil are small or medium producers who value and continuously monitor all the processes involved in the crop. All this tradition and care for the beans produced ensured the Mantiqueira de Minas Designation of Origin seal for 25 municipalities that compose the Mantiqueira area, in the Sul de Minas.
Thus, combining its mild climate, in which average temperatures vary between 18 and 20 degrees Celsius, its altitude, which reaches 1,400 meters, its relief conditions, production with respect for nature and numerous investments in research, the region is capable of producing, with excellent productivity, exceptional coffees, with incomparable nuances, which have already conquered the whole world with its famous fine cups, good cups and also in the most varied national and international quality contests.
Main coffee producing region in the world
Minas Gerais is the largest producer in Brazil and the world leader in bean exports. Much of this recognition is due, above all, to the Sul de Minas region, which today has the largest number of coffee plants per square meter, with more than 400 thousand hectares in production.
In addition, the region tradition and international reputation with regard to the production of fine coffees, with a highly differentiated sensory profile, ensure the prominence that the beans deserve. The coffee of the Sul de Minas have a combination of unique terroir and local know-how that continually strives for excellence.
Atlantica Coffee has been present in the Sul de Minas region for over 20 years, learning from its history in coffee growing, as well as participating and contributing with its producers for its evolution. We export the famous fine cups and good cups from Sul de Minas to more than 40 countries. A region that carries tradition and inspires coffee evolution.
Our job in the region is to walk alongside these producers and ensure that all the effort and care dedicated to farming are increasingly recognized, through more efficient practices and by conquering markets that value the product tradition, quality and the know-how of its people.