Farm info

The coffee producer José Antonio Pasti is 60 years old and comes from an Italian family. He was born and raised in the region of Taquarussu, in the Vargem Alta municipality, an area that has historical relevance to the production of specialty coffee.

José Antonio’s father, Ermelino Pasti, inherited a small property in the 1960s and was the one who started producing coffee. José Antonio grew up alongside his father, learning from him how to manage production. He worked on his neighbor’s farm but also always worked together with his father to take care of their land.

When, in 1981, his father’s land was divided between José and his brothers, they remained together as family continued to work to increase production. Over time, they expanded the area planted with coffee. They planted new varieties, those with disease resistance and higher production yields. 

In 2005, José Antonio and his siblings were motivated to produce differentiated coffees, discovering the quality of their own coffee through regional competitions. José Antonio maintains a positive outlook. 6 of the farm’s 9 hectares are planted with coffee between 990 and 1080 meters above sea level.


Montanhas do Espirito Santo

The Montanhas do Espirito Santo region is dominated by small-scale coffee growers and is characterized by the presence of farmers who are actively engaged in the entire chain of the production process. Growers in Espirito Santo work with family members and build off of traditional knowledge to innovate and improve their quality of life and coffee. Located in the southern area of the Espirito Santo state, where mild temperatures (73ºF) and steep highlands (between 700 and 1000 meters) favor growing Arabica coffees, this region produces a superb quality coffee with a round body, nice acidity, and fine sweetness. Pulped Naturals are increasing in popularity as a processing style to capture the attributes of the region’s coffee.

The state of Espirito Santo has its capital in the city of Vitoria, and the coastal location of Espirito Santo to the south of Bahia, east of Minas Gerais, and north of Rio de Janeiro makes it a popular destination for its beaches. Inland, Espirito Santo is home to natural parks and preserves that protect the rich biodiversity of flora and fauna. Many communities in the mountains of Espirito Santo were settled at the beginning of the twentieth century by European immigrants from Italy and the Pomeranian region along the Baltic Sea coast, straddling the border between what are now Germany and Poland.