Fazenda Monte Alto
Located in Dourado, a county in the central region of São Paulo state, it is an authentic Coffee Farm, where the old "Barons of the Coffee Ages" was preserved with the inclusion of modern production techniques.
Monte Alto Farm benefits from a "micro-climate" of winters and summers marked by significant fluctuations between day and night temperatures, which ensures the production of health and perfectly ripe and rich flavored grains.
This unique combination of climatic, geological and biological conditions enables a unique and differentiated micro ecosystem, with different varieties of coffees, all arabicas, such as red and yellow catuaí, acaiá and obatã and tupi, which allows many tastes options. due to their sweetest grains.
Thus, Café Helena represents diversity. Mysterious and surprising beverage, capable of enunciating an full range of scents and flavors, with different textures and rare vivacity.
This heritage has been inside Monteiro’s family for more than 100 years and its foundation dates back to 1813. The farm began with sugar cane cultivation and from the 1860s it turned to coffee. This is the farm where the producer, Maria Helena Monteiro, was born, raised, and married, in the same traditional ceremony as so many women in her family. After conquering a career in a multinational company Maria Helena and her husband, Ricardo Alves Bastos, acquired the farm of the other heirs. This moment was a return to the origins, rescuing the tradition of producing a special coffee in a unique and beloved place.
Property: Fazenda Monte Alto
Total Area: 264 hectares of land generally flat.
Coffee Area: 85 hectares
No. of trees: 340,000 trees of arabica coffee, of the varieties obatã, acaiá, catuaí yellow and red catuaí, tupi and others.
“Pau de Balsa Forest” Planting Area: 72 hectares
Number of trees: 130.000
Legal and Ecological Reserves: 52 hectares
Areas of the head office, houses, farms, benefit, lakes, gardens, orchards, eucalyptus, etc.: 20 hectares.
Geographical coordinates: S Lat 22 ° 03 '45 "and W Lon 48 ° 15' 30"
Altitude: from 705 to 732 meters
Activities: Coffee benefited in sacks for the domestic and export market, coffee in packages for both grain and ground retail, broiler farms, renewable forest of raft and tourism.
Average Temperatures: Temperate climate with 22oC of average annual. In summer during the day you can reach the maximum of 35o C, falling quite at night due to the altitude to 18oC. In winter, the night can reach a low of 06oC, rising to 20oC during the day.
Pluviometry: The farm has daily measurements since 1926. The rainfall regime is good (average 1600 mm per year, with good distribution).
Hydrographic Basin that we belong to is “Tietê Jacaré”.
Relief, Topography and Soil: It is a smooth plateau, with excellent topography, fully machinable, with pure purple earth, and mixed earth of good quality with the mixture of sandy and purple earth. Well drained land, with four lakes, without puddles, and several perennial springs of drinking and crystalline water, forming streams.
The farmhouse was revitalized preserving more than 2000 square meters of memory of the old building, not to losing the original characteristics. The front and internal spaces were restored in order to maintain the architecture of the 19th century. The project included structural reinforcement, hydraulic and electrical changes, partial walls demolition,
restoration of the debris and other modifications to suit current reality.