Espírito Santo is a special coffee-growing region of Brazil, where its proximity to the sea and unusual microclimate has created a distinct, delicate profile of coffee. Many of the small- and midsize producers (5–20 hectares on average) here focus on Washed coffee due to the misty weather and cooler temperatures, but they also produce some Pulped Naturals as well. Because of the location and climate, the coffee is also picked during a different season than the height of production in Minas Gerais.
Leonel has been investing in quality and specialty production since 2014. Along with his wife Jessica, and daughters Mikaela and Manuele he farms a 3.5 acre plot that belongs to his father Jair.
Since investing in his own depulper, Leonel has seen cup score rise year on year. In 2022 he wants to invest in a new greenhouse and a raised drying bed. The brand new motorcycle and car in Leonel's garage is a testament to the success he is having growing specialty and the very real positive impact it has had on his family.