Guima Estate is an award-winning and conservation-focused coffee farm run that’s proudly managed by women, including Chief Operating Officer Mariana Caetano Polcaro (pictured).
The Guima Estate consists of three neighboring coffee farms, each of which has a distinctive terroir. Fazenda São Lourenço is a flat, typical Cerrado savanna (Cerrado’s savannas are said to be among the most richly biodiverse in the world); Fazenda Brasis is nestled in woodlands; and Fazenda Santa Rita is a valley planted with Bourbon.
In total, Guima covers 1,650 hectares, 900 hectares of which are coffee farmland and 346 of which are dedicated to native vegetation and the preservation of Cerrado flora and fauna.
The Guima Café brand was established with the goal of producing high-quality coffees through a variety of environmentally focused best practices, including reduced energy and water consumption, more modern equipment with lower diesel consumption, more efficient use of fertilizers, the increased use of “green” fertilizers and turning agricultural “waste” into new products.
The estate also experiments with drought-tolerant and more productive and better-tasting varieties; precision agriculture; data-driven management decisions and new post-harvest techniques. Plus, it’s Utz and Rainforest Alliance certified.
Guima also supports community gardening, cultural activities and environmental education programs in its community. It has 90 permanent employees and approximately 200 temporary workers during the harvest season.
Coffees are processed on the farm as natural or pulped natural and are dried on patios, raised beds and in drying machines.
Cupping notes: Milk chocolate, peanut, light acidity, clean.