Roasters Guild Origin Trip to Brazil | July 2012

Why Attend?

Participants will experience factors that contribute to great tasting coffee, examine environmental and social issues important for sustainability, and meet coffee farmers to understand the opportunities to connect roasters and green coffee buyers to the amazing, dedicated people who grow it.

On this trip, attendees will visit the regions of Mogiana, Sul de Minas, and Santos, cupping different varieties throughout the trip. Attendees will visit cooperative and estates of various sizes using an array of different processing methods.

Additionally, we’ll be offering credit for two Roasters Guild certification courses:

• RP206 (credit A6) Basics of Coffee Farming
• RP207 (credit A7) Basics of Green Coffee Processing

For complete course descriptions and/or certification requirements, please visit:

Overview of Events

Sunday, July 15
• Arrival in São Paulo, Guarulhos International Airport (GRU)
• Visit to Suplicy Cafes, one of the most traditional Coffee Houses in São Paulo (3pm) – Optional
• Dinner in a restaurant in São Paulo – Optional
• Night in São Paulo

Monday, July 16 
• Departure to Mococa – Ambiental Fortaleza Farm, an organic coffee farm
• Lunch at Ambiental Fortaleza Farm
• Visit to plantation and coffee processes
• Cupping session
• Dinner with the owners of Fazenda Ambiental Fortaleza
• Night in Mococa

Tuesday, July 17
• Departure to Monte Belo
• Cupping Session at Monte Alegre Farm
• Lunch at the farm
• Visit to plantation and process
• Departure to Varginha
• Dinner with Minasul directors
• Night in Varginha

Wednesday, July 18
• Visit at BSCA new office in Varginha
• Visit to Minasul, one of the biggest Brazilian coffee cooperatives, including cupping session
• Lunch in Varginha
• Departure to Carmo de Minas
• Visit Cocarive (cooperative) with and CarmoCoffees (trading company) with cupping sessions
• Dinner in Carmo de Minas region
• Night in Carmo de Minas region

Thursday, July 19
• Departure to Espírito Santo do Pinhal
• Visit Qualicafex(trading company) and Recreio Farm (Grama Valley)
• Lunch with Qualicafex and Recreio Farm owner
• Departure to Poços de Caldas
• Visit SMC (trading company) with Cupping Session
• Visit Sá Rosa (Coffee House)
• Dinner with SMC e Sa Rosa team
• Night in Poços de Caldas

Friday, July 20
• Departure to Santos
• Lunch in Santos
• Visit Coffee Museum in Santos
• Cupping session
• Dinner in Santos
• Night in Santos

Saturday, July 21
• Departure from Santos to São Paulo International Airport (GRU)
(Be sure to schedule flights after 12:00pm)

Registration Fee

RG Member: $1,095
SCAA Member: $1,295
Non-Member: $1,495

What’s included in the fee?

All lodging (hotel taxes and service charges included) while in Brazil, all ground transportation three meals per day. Coffee education itinerary, guides and tour coordinators. Single occupancy hotel rooms. Flights and travel expenses are not included.

To learn more or to register, please click here