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Sebastiana de Oliveira (Lelena) Faria
Devoting life to coffee
Lelena started working on her family’s coffee farm at the age of 9 when her father was injured and could no longer work in the fields. At the age of 32, she bought her own coffee farm. When her husband passed away, Lelena took the reins of the business. She loves to work long days to achieve the quality of coffee she aims for. As she says herself: “all the positive things in my life are reflected in my coffee.” Lelena is now 71 years old and manages the production of specialty coffees on her property along with her children, grandchildren and brother.
Sítio Moinho Grande
Lelena’s farm Sítio Moinho Grande has over 16 thousand coffee trees growing at the average altitude of 1,250 meters. During harvest, you’ll find her in the fields well before 6am, watching over the lots that are reaching their maturity point. The property has a drying structure made of a greenhouse, a stone patio and African raised beds. Lelena installed a pulper in 2015. Each purchase of this limited edition single origin helps support Lelena in her lifelong passion for coffee so she can finally get some well deserved rest, (although we know she is unstoppable and will not slow down any time soon).
Entrepreneurial Woman of the Year 2017
The reputation of Serra do Caparaó as a producing region in Brazil continues to grow through the unique coffee profile it has. And Lelena is definitely putting it on the coffee map by producing such an outstanding product. She won first place in a coffee quality competition for Minas Gerais and got a medal celebrating the “Entrepreneurial Women of the Year” in 2017. In 2019, she was awarded the Eduardo Frieiro Trophy that honours people contributing to the development and recognition of food culture of Minas Gerais.
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