Farm info

Tiago Arquelino Sassemburg’s family comes from the Pomerania region of wht is now Poland and Germany and Thiago is the third generation of coffee producers in his family. His father, Arquelino Sassemburg, was brought up in vegetable agriculture and has always been passionate for the labors of coffee production. He worked the land to maintain his family.

Mr. Arquelino married Lindaura Lauvers, and, after much effort, purchased the land of her maternal grandmothers, where they raised their five children. Tiago grew up seeing his father in the midst of coffee production tasks and other agricultural activities. Since then his affinity for farming has only grown; he studied to become an agriculture and forestry technician. In 2012, he began his own coffee farm in the São João do Garrafão community of Santa Maria de Jetibá with the help of his father.

Tiago planted his first thousand coffee trees of the Red Catuai variety and has taken courses on how to improve their cultivation. In 2016, with the objective of increasing the area in coffee production, he planted new varieties. In 2018, Tiago completed his first selective harvest and Pulped Natural processing in pursuit of high quality coffees.

Today, he teaches in the local not-for-profit agricultural school, where children of rurual farmers study. His coffee production is his main source of income and his is motivated to continue his work in cafe to build environmental sustainability and progressively increase both quality and quantity.

The 18-hectare farm has 2 hectares planted with coffee. Flowering occurs October through December for the harvest from June to September. The average temperature on Alto Ouro is 22° C.


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 1,000 meters) favor growing Arabica coffees, this region produces a superb quality coffee with a round body, nice acidity, and fine sweetness. While the most common process for the region is Natural, Pulped Naturals are increasing in popularity.

The state of Espirito Santo has its capital in the city of Vitoria, and the costal 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 diversity 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.