Fazenda Santa Alina
São Sebastião de Grama, Mogiana
Lucia Maria da Silva Dias (Tuca Dias)
São Sebastião de Grama
1100 - 1400 m.a.s.l.
Juni - August
Yellow and Red Bourbon, Mundo Novo, Catuai 62 & 144
Pulped Natural, Natural
40 families living on the Fazenda
895 ha. / 239 ha. dedicated to coffee cultivation
Number of trees
Fazenda Santa Alina is located in São Sebastião de Grama, a municipality in São Paulo state close to the southern part of Minas Gerais. Well respected for its abundant sunlight during daytime and its mild temperatures at night, the region is known to be home to some of the best Brazilian coffees on the market.
At altitudes between 1100 to 1400 m.a.s.l., the farm spans over 895 hectares in a predominantly hilly area, of which 239 hectares are cultivated for coffee growing. The majority of the average yearly production of 5500 bags comes from micro-lots, which is why Fazenda Santa Alina has over decades consistently managed to produce some of the finest specialty coffees of the region.
The coffees varietals grown range from Yellow Bourbon, Mundo Novo, and Red Bourbon, to Catuai 2SL, Yellow Catuai 62 and Red Catuai 144, all of which are processed either natural or pulped natural.
In the hands of the Silva family since 1907, the two brothers of portuguese descendants, Joaquim Bernardes da Silva Dias and Lindolpho de Caravalho Dias purchased the land marking the grounds of Fazenda Santa Alina.
During 1930’s Joaquim Bernardes de Caravalho, Silva Dias’s son, took over the farm and increased coffee production, cultivating mainly Red Bourbon trees. In 1935 Joaquim Bernardes da Silva Dias passed away, and one year later, Joaquim Bernardes da Silva II is born to Joaquim Bernardes de Caravalho, carrying the same name as his deceased grandfather.
The 1960's were marked by significant expansion, with investments made into the intensified planting of crops, the development of terraces, the purchase of machines for coffee processing, new tractors, and agricultural implements and general improvements to the farm’s infrastructure. In 2001, Joaquim Bernardes da Silva Dias II succeeded his father and carefully managed the farm to maintain producing outstanding bourbon coffees.
Lucia Maria da Silva Dias (nickname: Tuca Dias) left the farm at a young age to live in Sao Paulo, where she pursued a career in architecture, not planning to return to the farm. After the passing of her grandfather (Joaquim Bernardes de Caravalho), the family contemplated renting out the farm and exiting the coffee farming business that they had so passionately pursued since 1907. However, in 2010, Tuca returned to Vale de Grama, and alongside the families’ business partner Rodrigo Fernandes, took over the management of Fazenda Santa Alina. Their two-fold mission was to increase the production of high-quality micro-lots and to increase the overall living standards of those living and working on the farm.
To increase coffee quality Tuca and Rodrigo took several steps. They changed the patio location from the valley to higher altitudes. Thereby skipping the late-night humidity and early morning dew encountered at lower elevations. Secondly, they started investing into Yellow Bourbon variety. The farm now grows Yellow Bourbon, Mundo Novo, and Red Bourbon among Catuai 2SL, Yellow Catuai 62 and Red Catuai 144.
In order to increase the living and working conditions, Tuca and Rodrigo changed the farm's management style from a top-down- to bottom-up-style, giving the workers greater say and a direct channel of communication to both Tuca and Rodrigo. Furthermore, they invested in education, offering courses ranging from financial responsibility to personal training.