Following his father’s footsteps, Ricardo Tavares has dedicated his life to the coffee industry. Fazenda Primavera (part of Fazenda Sequoia) is located in the municipality of Angelândia, Minas Gerais. In an area already abundant in coffee growing history, Taveres' establishment is still, suffice to say, truly impressive. The farm altitude is roughly 1000-1200 meters above sea level, but it still makes for a rich environment for the cultivation of specialty grade coffee; a combined use of quality farming and production knowledge and rich soil. The climate also provides favourable conditions with average temperatures between 20 and 24 °C annually and precipitation of 1,000 to 1,300mm.
It is not just Tavares’ geographical location which makes his farm unique. He has made a point of creating a farming facility which is second to none. Fazenda Primavera has state of the art installations including a 24,000 m² drying patio, 14 electric dryers, and equipment for processing fully washed coffees. The farm cultivates predominately Red and Yellow Catuaí (95%), but it has slowly been introducing new varieties such as Mundo Novo. Tavares’ operation also holds many certificates including organisations such as; Fair Trade, Rainforest Alliance, UTZ, Minas Coffee and Brazilian Specialty Coffee Association.
Tavares’ admirable and well-rounded approach to farming has made for an exemplary final coffee bean, coming straight out of Brazil.