Falcafé is a coffee cooperative based in the town of Espírito Santo to Pinhal – Brazil, and they operate coffee processing mills in the growing regions of Mogiana and Sul de Minas.
Falcafé develops collaborative partnerships with local farmers by offering financial assistance, training, and resources to introduce sustainable farming practices and encourage the production of high-end coffee, which increases the demand for their coffee and ultimately raises their return.
The co-op buys the coffee from the local farmers and then on-sell after it has been processed and graded at one of its plants.
Some of the higher-end coffees are offered as “microlots” or “single-farm” and sometimes only available through auction. Other coffee beans are combined based on terroir and flavour profiles and offered as “single-region blends”.
Falcafé is known for its annual regional coffee quality contest and auction, which showcases specialty coffee from the Sul de Minas and Mogiana regions and attract buyers from all over the world. Some of winning lots, exceedingly high in cupping score, can fetch thousands of dollars at the auction! This serves as a massive incentive to the local farmers to keep improving and producing high-quality speciality coffee.