Founded in 1998, Cafesul is a coffee cooperative that brings together small producers from seven municipalities in the southern region of the state of Espírito Santo, in Brazil, to promote the sustainable development of the communities where the cooperative operates. Our value proposition is to provide special sustainable and certified products from family farming, empowering women, youth and valuing local culture.
To provide healthy food, preserving the environment and contributing to the sustainable development of the cooperative, its members, employees and the communities where it operates.
To be the best cooperative in the production of specialty and sustainable coffees in Brazil.
With the Fairtrade award and formed partnerships, we develop projects in the environmental and social areas for our members and in the communities where we operate.
Since 2008, we have participated in the Sustainable Regional Development project for coffee in the southern region of Espírito Santo, which involves several institutional partners and sets different goals, such as: structuring Cafesul to serve domestic and foreign markets; improvement in technical assistance and commercialization, eliminating middlemen and thus obtaining better prices for coffee; increase of crop productivity and of the supply of superior quality coffees.
A project in which 40 headsprings were fenced off and kits with fence posts and wire were distributed, with the construction of 420 rainwater harvesting systems and a seedling nursery to distribute to the cooperative members. We have recovered 10 km of roads on the properties, making it possible to retain up to nine million liters of rainwater annually, thus increasing the water table and the availability of water in the headsprings.
Every year, Cafesul donates sacks of coffee and converts the sales into resources used to maintain the organization. In addition, all roasted and ground coffee consumed at the institution is donated by Cafesul.
During the pandemic, Cafesul donated basic food staples to families in food insecurity situation, food for the project’s community soup and school supplies for children in need that were going back to school.
Discover our story
Our story begins with 20 partners, who founded the cooperative in the city of Muqui, in the southern region of Espírito Santo.
We have obtained the international Fairtrade certification, based in Bonn, Germany, and which works on the three pillars of sustainability: environmental, social and economic.
In partnership with Banco do Brasil Foundation, the Sustainable Regional Development (DRS) project was created to benefit the coffee production chain in the southern region of Espírito Santo. Together we have developed technical assistance projects for producers to improve productivity and quality, investments in Cafesul’s infrastructure for storage and reprocessing of coffees. As a result, we had an improvement of the farmers income and quality of life, preventing rural exodus and keeping young people in the countryside.
The year in which we created the contest, which has been held annually since then and has yielded excellent results, with the best coffees scoring above 80 points.
Cafesul became a member of the Association of Fairtrade Producers’ Organizations in Brazil (BRFAIR), which represents the partners, promotes and develops the principles of Fairtrade at national and international levels.
Established to give notoriety to the women of Cafesul, to encourage the production of superior quality coffees, and to diversify and increase family income through training in agroindustry and handicrafts.
Through several actions, such as: construction of rainwater harvesting systems, infiltration basins, paving of pathways and side roads, recovery of headsprings and distribution of seedlings of native trees. In doing so, we annually enable the retention of up to nine million liters of rainwater to increase the water table and the availability of water in headsprings.
Created to encourage women’s work with coffee and enhance its product through training and field days to produce specialty coffees of premium quality.
Opening of a roasting plant to add value to coffee through industrialization. The adopted strategy was the specialty coffee market, acquiring and roasting the best beans from the cooperative’s quality contests.
The brands Casario and Póde Mulheres were created based on cultural and gender concepts, valuing local production and generating income for the families involved.
As a result of the work focused on coffee quality, one of our members, Luiz Cláudio de Souza, was awarded at the International Coffee Week (SIC) as the Best Conilon Coffee (coffee canéphora) in Brazil in the contests “Best Fairtrade Coffee in Brazil” and “Coffee of the Year”, scoring 87 points.
Cafesul was founded in 1998 and in 2018 celebrated 20 years of achievements for its members making a Giant Coffee with a blend of its best coffees, a result of eight years of hard work by members in search of a special coffee for their customers.
Our member Luiz Cláudio de Souza, from Grãos de Ouro farm, won the second championship as the best Conilon in Brazil at the International Coffee Week, in Belo Horizonte, capital of Minas Gerais state.
With this packaging we won the award for the best packaging design in Brazil at the International Coffee Week, in Belo Horizonte.
In 2020, we won first, second and third places for Best Conilon Coffee in the state, in the Specialty Coffees of Espírito Santo Contest.
Our member Aliciana Helena, of the Póde Mulheres group, had her microlot chosen as the best Conilon Fairtrade Coffee in Brazil in the Golden Cup contest.
Our member Luiz Cláudio de Souza, from Grãos de Ouro farm, won the third championship as the best Conilon in Brazil at the International Coffee Week, in Belo Horizonte.
With focus on environmental, social and economic sustainability, in addition to the continuous improvement of the quality of our coffees, we have won quality recognition awards and the Fairtrade certification, which guarantees compliance with labor and environmental standards, with traceability throughout the entire production chain.