Our mission is to produce Brasil’s finest coffees from estate grown organic and biodynamic cherries using the best of modern and ancient farming techniques and to lead the Brasilian coffee industry towards more sustainable farming practices and an improved way of life.
The word Camocim is derived from the birthplace of Sr. Olivar Fontenelle de Araújo, the original owner of the farm and the grandfather of the current owner, Sr. Henrique Sloper Araújo. Sr. Olivar’s birthplace of Camocim is located in Ceará, and was the first major port city in the northeast of Brasil. Camocim Farms is one of Henrique’s passions and he is carrying on the traditions and philosophies taught to him by his grandfather, thus the name Camocim in honor of this special relationship between them.
Camocim and Alatalia Farms are certified organic and biodynamic by Instituto Biodinamico do Brazil. Camocim is committed to producing superior quality estate coffees while using biodynamic farming practices. One of the features of biodynamic farming is maintaining and enhancing biodiversity. At Camocim we incorporate habitat breaks within the Farm to increase farm biodiversity. These areas include fruit and nut trees along with herbs and perennial plants attractive to beneficial insects. There are larger plantings of jabuticaba and pitanga trees whose fruits are used to produce high quality jams.
Animal diversity is also important to biodynamic farming. Camocim is home to a flock of Jacu birds, that feed on many species harmful to the coffee trees, and well as the coffee cherries themselves. The byproduct of their grazing habits is our special Jacu bird coffee harvested from coffee cherries digested by the Jacu bird. In addition to domestic animals, our accommodation of wild animal, such as other bird species, armadillos, otters, capivara (a large Brasilian rodent similar to the north American prairie dog), and other various rodents, small crocodiles and other amphibians allows for a dynamic, healthy farm ecosystem. We believe farming using biodynamic practices results in the highest quality crops that reflect the natural conditions under which they are grown.