The Camocim farm, located at an altitude of 1200 metres, is the pioneer in organic coffee cultivation in the Espirito Santo region of Brazil.
We met Henrique Sloper, the owner of the farm, at the World of Coffee in Berlin and were immediately delighted with his coffee. He is former president of the Brazil Specialty Coffee Association (BSCA), took over the farm from his grandfather and has been growing organic coffee there since 1999. Camocim is certified organic and biodynamic (Demeter).
Biodynamic agriculture, recognisable by the Demeter seal, goes beyond organic farming. It follows the principles of anthroposophy according to Rudolf Steiner. The plants are treated with herbs and homeopathic remedies instead of chemical products. The result is healthier, more robust plants and food, which are more nutritious and full of vital energy compared to conventional products.
The harvest is also selectively done by hand. Only optimally ripened coffee cherries are picked. This means that harvesting is necessary up to four times a year during the harvest period between May and September. Green cherries remain on the coffee tree until they are fully ripe.
They are marketed exclusively at fair prices via direct trade to buyers certified organic and Demeter.