Sul de Minas

Brazil

Minas Gerais is one of the Brazilian states with the most evidence of the country’s colonial past, a time when people came looking for gold and precious stones. Even today, much of the local architecture testifies to the region’s past as an opulent mining centre. The southernmost strip of this fascinating region is called Sul de Minas. It is known for its natural beauty, beautiful panoramic views,

lush green hillsides and mineral water – but most of all for its coffee, which is among the best in Brazil. Here the land is fertile and the temperature mild and almost constant. The Arabica plantations grow at altitudes between 900 and 1200 m, and great attention is paid to environmental issues. All these factors help to make the local coffee outstanding and deservedly famous all over the world.

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Adolfo Vieira

Brazil

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Name:
Adolfo Vieira
Territory:
Sul de Minas
illy since:
1999

The day starts early at Fazenda Passeio. The sun has only just risen, but Adolfo Vieira is already in his office, and from his window can see his staff hard at work. Morale is high in the coffee fields, and the whole plantation is buzzing with cheerful activity.
Adolfo belongs to the fourth generation of coffee growers, the third at Fazenda Passeio. The estate used to be larger, but Adolfo’s grandfather, who emigrated to Brazil from Portugal, decided before his death to divide the estate among his children. This part was left to Adolfo's mother. The land had not been extensively cultivated, but with tenacity and commitment, she and her husband gradually made it flourish.

This wonderful land is rich and fertile. Plants mature slowly at an altitude of 1200 metres, thanks to the characteristic microclimate, giving the coffee an incredible sweetness. It is a flavour that has seduced consumers worldwide, including Adolfo who enjoys sipping an espresso several times a day.
He’s drinking one now, as he admires his plantation from the office. The brilliant green fields shine in the sun, while on the patio a group of workers are busy cleaning the coffee cherries. In the distance you can glimpse the tops of the trees planted to mark the tenth anniversary of the Fazenda’s collaboration with illy. For the past three years, every visitor to the estate has recorded his or her presence by planting a small tree – a way of saying thank you to the land.