Naturally processed, this coffee is a blend selected by FAF from a group of small family farmers in the Mountain Mogiana region. The varietals - Bourbon, Mundo Novo, and Catuai - are grown at an elevation of approximately 3,200 to 4,300 feet.
Fazenda Ambiental Fortaleza (FAF) has a established a reputation for their commitment to sustainable and organic farming practices. In 2008, FAF received the Sustainability Award from the SCAA. Owners Marcos Corce and Silvia Barretto, who took over the reigns of the 160 year old farm in 2002, began transforming it to the sustainable model it is today. Though coffee is the primary crop, mangos, avocados, bananas, papaya, and vegetables are also grown on the the farm. Though not a hotel, the farm welcomes visitors and is able to accommodate small groups. Their mission is to be a socially, environmentally, and economically sustainable farm - a model that sows the seed of sustainability to the individual, to the family, to the business community, and to society as a whole.
This direct trade coffee is made available through privately owned sourcing partner Theta Ridge Coffee, based in South Bend, IN. Theta Ridge tells this story of FAF owners, Marcos Corce and Silvia Barretto: Upon buying a home in the U.S. on Bob-O-Link Road, Marcos and Silvia later learned that the namesake of their address was a migratory bird that followed a yearly path from the upper Midwest to the southern part of Brazil. This coffee is subsequently known as the Bob-O-Link Coffee.