Cerrado Mineiro

Brazil

Stretching through the heart of the endless inland regions of Brazil, Cerrado Mineiro offers an imposing natural spectacle. The biodiversity of this eco-region is found nowhere else in the world: after the Amazon, this is the part of Brazil with the largest number of diverse natural habitats. It is covered by dense tropical savannah containing forests, arid zones and swamps and is home to an incredible quantity of plant and animal species, many of which are endemic.

Although agriculture was only introduced here recently, the highlands of Cerrado Mineiro, whose tropical climate has sharp contrasts between dry winters and wet summers, are perfect for coffee growing. The average annual temperature, low rainfall during the harvest period and altitude are among the factors that help to make the Cerrado Mineiro Arabica one of the finest coffees on the planet.

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Glaucio de Castro

Brazil

monoarabica Glaucio de Castro
Name:
Glaucio de Castro
Territory:
Cerrado Mineiro
illy since:
1998

The brilliant, intense green of the plantation can be seen from the Fazenda. It’s early morning, and Glaucio de Castro is scrutinising the upland plains in front of him, in search of “signs”. Over the years he has learned to recognise the arrival of a plentiful harvest, from the colour of his fields. In Cerrado Mineiro this is how people work: all their attention is lavished on the land. Each year, meticulous tests are carried out on the soil, to check its state of health and increase productivity.
It was with the same passion for quality that Glaucio’s father bought this farm in the early 1980s. His ambition was clear: he wanted to grow high-quality coffee. Since then, that ambition has been written into the future of the plantation, whose history tells of hard work but also success and much satisfaction.

The acquisition of sophisticated machinery a short time later marked a turning point for the plantation. The quality of the production improved, as did the quantity, and Glaucio proudly joined the ranks of illy suppliers, a group that has become like a family to him.
The desire to reach ambitious objectives still burns, and coffee is still Glaucio’s obsession: not only was it the first source of wealth from his farm, it is also a warm companion during an afternoon spent chatting with friends.
When his children grow up, Glaucio knows that they will be looking after his coffee. Even now, as he gazes into the distance, he is preparing the land for their future.