Our interpretation of a classic Italian espresso
Brazil / India
Henrique Dias Cambraia / cooperative
Santo Antônio do Amparo, Minas Gerais / Kodagu district
SanCoffee / cooperative
Catuai Vermelho, Mundo Novo, Catucai Amarelo / Robusta
natural / washed
0-1010 / 500-1000 m.a.s.l.
cocoa, nuts, roast flavours, full body
direct trade, B-Corp, organic agriculture
story SanCoffee Brazil
SanCoffee was founded in 2000 from a shared dream by a group of coffee farmers based around the city of Santo Antonio do Amparo in the state of Minas Gerais. With great support from Mr. Fernando Paiva, pioneer of the specialty coffee scene in Campo das Vertentes, the producers jointly acquired a warehouse and founded the SanCoffee cooperative. From the start, the vision of the community was to make a name for itself in the emerging specialty coffee market and to make coffee cultivation in the region more sustainable and progressive.
Over time, a lot has been invested in the infrastructure and brought up to date with the latest technology. Since its inception, SanCoffee has been an important part and a driving force behind the development of sustainably produced specialty coffee in Campo das Vertentes.
Sustainability on SanCoffee – Impact committee
An association of farmers was founded on SanCoffee, the so-called Impact Committee. The group has made it its goal to jointly invest in the expansion of social and nature conservation projects and to coordinate them across farms. This not only enables sustainable projects to be implemented jointly on the individual farms, but also strengthens the Santo Antonio do Amparo region as a whole.
Here are a few highlights from 2019:
- 2,400 trees were planted
- 12,000 Vetiveria Zizanoides grasses were planted
- 4 dams were built
- 4 water sources were built
Kindergarten and youth development
Within the cooperative there are kindergartens for the families. Several vocational training courses for young people are also jointly organized, which are intended to facilitate entry into professional life and serve as a kind of workshop. SanCoffee hopes to change the lives of employees through these opportunities. As of 2021, 175 children and 127 young people are going to this training center.
History India Parchment
So that our classic Italian espresso also produces the typical crema, we have added 30% of a robusta variety from the Indian Kodagu district. In 1834, the British East India Company annexed the southern district, which helped promote scientific coffee-growing methods, more efficient government, and an overall improved economy. In India, coffee beans are mainly processed sun-dried and only 15% washed. With sun-dried coffee beans, unusual, unique and sweet flavors get from the pulp into the beans. However, so that our classic espresso impresses with a clear, transparent and original coffee taste, we chose a washed coffee from this cooperative.