THE STORY BEHIND SITIO TRÊS BARRAS
Husband-and-wife duo Fernando Heringer and Glenda Jacomel are the producers behind this divine coffee from Sitio Três Barras in Matas de Minas, a region of southeastern Brazil. With its rugged mountain terrains, large altitude variations (between 400m and 1200m), and average temperature of 66°F to 71°F, Três Barras is ideal for growing high-quality specialty coffee.
Fernando has been working with coffee for over 60 years—he started by helping his grandparents Walter Heringer and Alzira Daias Heringer on the farm at Três Barras. After a period of working as a public official, Fernando moved back to the farm in 2013 and today he, Glenda, and his father Wilian Heringer are devoted to harvesting its 2.5 hectares of coffee. They utilize the area’s favorable conditions by selecting only the most mature coffee cherries, spacing the planting of the coffee trees so that they receive greater amounts of sunlight, and using treated water in the washing and pulping process. Fernando also built two raised drying beds on the farms firmest soil, and he hopes to have a concrete drying patio built by the beginning of 2017.
Fernando and Glenda’s considerable efforts pay off in the cup: the beautifully nuanced Sitio Três Barras boasts a full body and sweet notes of strawberry preserves and honey.