Sebastião Afonso Da Silva has established Sítio Baixadão as one of the leading coffee farms in the world. From humble beginnings—he is one of over 20 children in a family of rice sharecroppers—Sebastião made history in 2014 when he won the Cup of Excellence in Brazil with the highest scoring coffee ever in the competition, and again in 2015 when he took the top prize in the naturals competition.
Sebastião’s quality comes from his ability to take advantage of the unique micro-climate of several lots on his farm in the Mantiqueira mountains, aided by high-altitude fields (over 1300 meters elevation) that are protected from wind and inclement weather. For most farms in Brazil the harvest ends in September, but Sebastião and his family are able to harvest coffee as late as December due to later flowering of his plants, slower fruit maturation, and his decision to extend the harvest in pursuit of quality. He even built a small room above his wet mill where he stays during the harvest to ensure that everything is processed to his standards. The result is an incredible bright, sweet, and complex coffee.
SEBASTIÃO AFONSO DA SILVA
Region: Sul de Minas
Micro-region: Mantiqueira de Minas
Cultivar: Yellow Catuaí
Area(cultivated): 5 Hectares
Processing Method: Natural