Ivan and Rose Dos Santos | Brazil

Ivan and Rose Dos Santos | Brazil

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Florals and applewood aromatics open up this coffee, followed by dried cherries, a silky body and maple sweetness in the cup.

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How do you marry the girl next door when there just aren’t any?  You marry the girl from the valley next door. 

Ivan’s family has lived on the mountain for almost 40 years.  Three of his siblings (including Joao and Gertrudes from our previous offerings) have built on their father’s legacy and are busy expanding the family name and quality coffee reputation around the mountain they call home.  Ivan, the youngest son, started his own farm on the other side of the mountain and called it Sitio Seriema, also know as the Brazilian Roadrunner, an elegant bird that lives in the valley where the farm is nestled.  It’s a cheeky, flirtatious and curious bird with long eyelashes and long skinny legs that make it move with a cat-like walk as it wanders through the coffee plantations. 

With his wife Rose from the Jacon family in the neighboring valley, they are set to create their own new coffee tradition.

Respect for the environment is key here, as anyone will notice immediately upon talking to the couple. They are at the top of the mountain where many of the area’s natural water springs rise, including those that serve their neighbors and the local town of Caconde.  The responsibility for the protection of these priceless resources is something Ivan and Rose take very seriously.  This is the water that feeds their farm and irrigates the organic vegetable garden that feeds their family too.

They have been a partner with FAF Coffees since 2008 and are now local leaders, bringing in more and more neighbors to produce specialty coffee with sustainability and total quality. Their energy in projects such as building new infrastructure for drying and storing coffee and teaching their neighbors to roast and brew, are turning the coffees coming out of Sitio Siriema and its surroundings into thoroughbreds.

Ivan and Rose, the love-birds of Sitio Seriema, have married much more than each other, they are bringing the story of the mountain, written by their families over the past 3 generations into the future. 

Information courtesy of FAF Coffees


Country/Region: Brazil / Caconde, São Paulo

Farmer: Ivan and Rose Dos Santos

Cultivar: Yellow Catuai

Altitude:  1200-1340m

Processing: Natural

Taste: Dried Cherries, Apple, Chocolate Ganache