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Luciana Alves Leandoro Melo

"Working with sustainable practices guarantees an increasingly special coffee".

Productora de café verde Luciana Alves junto a su familia

The producer Luciana Alves Leandro Melo

I dedicate myself to the cultivation of coffee for the love of my family. Our work makes us want to grow and improve our processes every day. Dedicating ourselves to producing quality coffees is our daily fuel”.
The love and respect that her husband Gil Cesar Melo has transmitted to her for coffee growing, and the time and constant work of Luciana have made her become a great coffee producer, her family is her team and this is how they work and excel together, harvest after harvest.

Why are you involved in coffee growing?

I dedicate myself to the cultivation of coffee for the love of my family, our work makes us want to grow and improve our processes every day.
Dedicating ourselves to producing quality coffeesis our daily fuel.

How long have you been working in coffee production?

In 1995, my husband and I planted our first crop, and since then I have also become a coffee grower.

Espigão do PalmitalFarm of coffee origin Brazil

What is the most satisfying part of your job?

It is very satisfying to see our coffee in many coffee shops around the world and knowing that everything is made in a sustainable way makes us even prouder.

What are the most critical moments in the production process of your coffees?

The most critical moments for me are the ones that happen during the coffee processing, since that is when you have the most work and the most people involved in the process.

What stage in the harvest do you consider the most important?

The processing of the coffee, in spite of being the most critical part for me, is also the most important part, since at this stage we raise the quality of the coffee through the processes.

What is the most delicate stage in the coffee production process?

Also the coffee processing is where all the work is very meticulous.

What quality controls do you apply to your coffees in the production chain?

Our farm is Rainforest certified. In addition to the seal, we carried out several practices to control quality, making traceability, controlling all processes.

How many members does your coffee production process team have?

Ten people workin the production team of our coffees.

Workers at the Espigão do Palmital farm of coffee origin Brazil

What is the coffee culture like in your region?

The coffee culture in our region is very developed and has great technological advances. In the coffee district of Campos Altos, where our farm is located, coffee is the crop with the largest surface area.

What does sustainability mean to you?

Respect nature and the people involved in coffee production, using practices that maximize results.
It is to act now in the present, to protect the future.

What information would you like to receive from roasters about your coffees?

One feedback we always look for is the sensoriality of the coffee, if the final consumers are enjoying it so that future sales can be more assertive. We also like the interaction of coffee shops, consumers and us on social networks.

What is the social part that worries you most in the sector?

The employees, to know that they work in a correct way and among other concerns, to know that the same respect for the environment that we have is maintained.
Espigão do PalmitalFarm of coffee origin Brazil

How is your farm different from others in the same region?

Our farm is a reference in terms of sustainable practices in the production of our coffees and also for the post-harvest processes.

What do you think the future will be like for coffee farms?

I believe that the future will be increasingly technological, with sustainable agricultural practices and a focus on specialty coffees.

What is your coffee dream?

My dream is to take the name of our family, through coffee, to all the continents of the world.

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