Sitio Engenho began with the hard work Vanderson Goulart Junho undertook to begin farming a modest plot of land in southern Minas Gerais. Vanderson worked tirelessly to cultivate coffee manually, as there was little technology available during the time he was establishing the farm. He raised his family through this hard work in coffee farming.
The spirit of both coffee farming and hard work is now being passed between generations from father to daughters; Vânia, Ana Lucia, and Vanilde follow the dreams of their father Vanderson, who encouraged his daughters to pursue a path of perseverance, virtue, and passion for what they do through his own lived example.
Sitio Engenho is located in the community of São Bernardo in the city of Natércia in the Mantiqueira de Minas coffee region of Sul de Minas. The farm is 122 hectares, 40 of which are planted with Arara, Red Catuai, and Catucai varieties of coffee.