Ismael Valdinei Fim, of Italian descent, is part of the third generation of coffee growers in his family in the municipality of Castelo. His grandfather, Silvio Fim, began coffee labors in the region of Caxixe in 1952 on his own farm. Ismael and his brothers were brought up in the coffee fields, accompanying their father Ozilio Fim when they were still young.
Ismael forms half of Irmãos Valdinei Fim, in partnership with his brother Enézio Fim. He and Enézio continue the activities on the farm, investing in greater productivity and higher quality. Following the format of traditional family agriculture, coffee is the main source of prosperity for the family. Just like Ismael grew up surrounded by coffee, today his nephews and cousins continue to be motivated by the process of improving the coffee on the property.
After a 2005 iniciative by the rural Espirito Santo agency Incaper and the local administration, the Valdinei Fim family began to depulp coffee and process the harvest as Pulped Natural to improve the quality and add value. Ismael was able to purchase his own machinery, despite the difficulties of running a farm in the face of limited labor, high costs of production, and little market incentive. He is motivated to continue and maintain standards of selective harvest and attentive processing.
Alto Caxixe is located in the Caxixe Quente community and 7 of the farm’s 23 hectares are planted with coffee.