Tomás Eliodoro Costa has been a coffee grower since his childhood. His grandfather was a coffee grower, his father, too. “Ever since I was a child, I heard stories told by family members related to coffee”, he said. He is an agronomist and attended one of the top universities in Brazil. His family lives in Campinas and every week he travels to the farm to check the production and the crop. He also has great support in his farm manager, who has worked with him for the last 9 years and he also has the help of one of his daughters, who lives in Araxá. He is so proud of his property, for the coffee grown there and for the people who make the São Francisco farm such a special and recognised place in the region of Cerrado Mineiro.
The Cerrado Mineiro region, located in the northwest of Minas Gerais State, is a world-recognised, high-quality coffee producing origin and became the first Protected Geographical Indication in Brazil in 2005, with full Designation of Origin in 2013. A strong characteristic of this region is its well-defined seasons—a hot, wet summer is followed by a pleasantly dry winter. The dry climate during harvest eliminates potential problems with humidity during the drying process. Minas Gerais is Brazil’s principal agricultural state, and the Cerrado is home to many of the country’s celebrated coffee estates, with expertise in planting, harvesting, drying, and sorting. We love Cerrado coffees for their big body, rich chocolate notes, and velvety texture when pulled as espresso.