Granja São Francisco

  • Country
  • State
    Minas Gerais
  • Region
    Mantiqueira de Minas
  • Town
    Carmo de Minas
  • Altitude
    1,100 – 1,300m above sea level
  • Variety
    Yellow Bourbon
  • Processing
    Pulped Natural
  • Owner
    Otaviano Ribeiro Ceglia
  • Awards
    Cup of Excellence 2012

Complex, and elegant. Pretty floral aroma, bright pineapple acidity balanced with an intense sugarcane sweetness and juicy mouthfeel. Notes of passionfruit, mandarin and milk chocolate.

Granja São Francisco has been owned by the Ribeiro family since 1937. It is located in the mountainous Mantiqueira de Minas region in the south of Minas Gerais. This region has the perfect combination of climate (mild temperatures year-round, defined seasons and an even, well-distributed precipitation level) and rich soil to promote the production of high-quality coffee.

The farm was originally acquired by Senhor Octaviano Pinto Lopes Ribeiro, who is the maternal grandfather of Otaviano Ribeiro Ceglia, the current owner. Senhor Ribeiro, the then patriarch of the family, was a renowned and experienced entrepreneur in the coffee export business in the ‘30s and ‘40s, and operated the company Pinto Lopes e Cia. He achieved considerable fame in business for his great vision and entrepreneurial spirit, which led him to recognise (ahead of his time) the significant potential of the Carmo de Minas micro-region for quality coffee.

Taking over the farm, Otaviano Ribeiro Ceglia, together with his wife, Maria José Junqueira Ceglia, and their son, Luis Eduardo Junqueira Ceglia, immediately began to improve the coffee plantation and plant new varieties including Acaia, Mundo Novo, Yellow Bourbon, Red Bourbon and Yellow Catucaí. This particular lot that we have selected from the farm is 100% Yellow Bourbon.

Good environmental practice is a priority for Granja São Francisco. Thirty-five hectares of the 378-hectare farm are dedicated to coffee, whilst a significant portion of the land is dedicated to native forest reserves and the local flora and fauna typical of the Serra da Mantiqueira region, in order to maintain a good ecological balance and provide a habitat for local birds and animals.

There are 12 full-time staff members who work at Granja São Francisco. They live on the farm with their relatives, and are given access to health insurance and education.

Coffee at Granja São Francisco is grown at at 1,100 – 1,300 metres above sea level. The beans are harvested by hand, between July and September, mainly by women (called “panhadeiras de café”) who are trained to pick only the very ripest cherries, and prepared using the pulped natural process. After picking, the cherry’s skin and fruit are removed, and the sticky, parchment-covered beans are left to dry on cement patios in layers of about 4cm and carefully raked regularly throughout the day to ensure they dry evenly and consistently. The drying is then finished off in a rotating dryer where the coffee is dried very slowly and carefully.

Combined with the natural conditions of the region, meticulous crop management, forward-thinking crop planning and post-harvest selection, the final result from Senhor Ceglia’s farm is an excellent quality, award-winning coffee that is appreciated both within Brazil and internationally as some of the best coffee the country has to offer.

Granja São Francisco’s most recent accolades include winning fifth, sixth, and eighth place in the Quality Coffees of Brazil Contest, and twelfth place in the Cup of Excellence Natural Late Harvest competition.

In 2012, it won fifth place in the Cup of Excellence Early Harvest.


Mantiqueira de Minas is located on the Minas Gerais State side of Serra da Mantiqueira, in the southern part of Minas Gerais. This region is recognised as one of the best coffee producing regions in Brazil and coffees from here often end up in the top 10 in the Cup of Excellence competition.

In 2011, Mantiqueira de Minas was recognised as a Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) due to its tradition and worldwide reputation for producing high quality coffee. Coffees from this region are distinctive and differentiated, reflecting the combination of a unique terroir and the local knowhow and expertise in coffee production that continuously delivers excellence.