About Boarding Pass Coffee
Coffee and travel is what brought Boarding Pass Coffee founders, Murilo and Christine Santos, together.
Our relationship percolated at Murilo's family coffee farm in Brazil over the years - from initially introducing Christine to the family all the way to our wedding. Coffee is a major part of our family and day-to-day lives.
It is hard to imagine our lives without travel. We wouldn't be living life as we knew it if it weren't for our collection of boarding passes. Having collectively traveled to almost 100 countries, we knew we wanted a life of adventure together.
Our story involving coffee starts in 2013 when we jumped on a motorcycle and sped out of the massive city of Sao Paulo into the surrounding countryside. With Murilo piloting, he took Christine up steep and dusty roads to meet his parents for the first time at the family coffee farm, the Fazenda Sant'ana in Serra Negra.
No stranger to off-the-beaten path travel, Christine was in awe of the beauty and simplicity at the coffee farm, only a few hours from the city center.
As a newly dating couple, weekends and holidays were spent at the farm with family and friends, always relieved to step out of the car and breathe in the fresh air of the coffee farm.
One of the highlights in the fazenda-routine was the afternoon coffee which would include warm, homemade cake and strong brewed coffee right from the farm.
Weeks turned into months and the relationship developed. After Murilo proposed in 2014, selecting the wedding venue was a no-brainer.
This was a subtle ploy to spend even more time at the farm. Meanwhile, Murilo's family was transforming the farm into a state-of-the-art operation creating efficiencies in cultivation, production, and harvesting of the coffee plants while simultaneously retrofitting the functioning farm to an event space suitable for 300+ wedding guests.
When the big day arrived, the setting could not have been more picturesque with rolling coffee fields as far as the eye can see in every direction. A small chapel named after St. Ana (Sant'ana) was the site of the official ceremony and then the reception was a melding of both American and Brazilian traditions.
Murilo serenaded Christine with a samba-version of Marvin Gaye's 'Sexual Healing' to the delight of the guests, regardless of nationality. Caipirinhas (made with the unforgettable Brazilian liquor cachaça) were served, but the midnight snack was still cheeseburgers and French fries (just missing with the apple pie!). The wedding favors were personalized packages of Fazenda Sant'ana coffee, that guests took back home to the States and brewed for themselves. Future visits back to the US entailed luggage jam packed with bags of Fazenda Sant'ana coffee for "repeat customers."
After some time, we were ready to relocate back to Christine’s native country. Toting 9 passports and 10 boarding passes, we arrived to our new home in Alpharetta/Milton, GA in 2018. However, we missed the signature coffee from the Fazenda and decided to start roasting for ourselves.
Murilo immersing himself into advancing on techniques he learned at the farm, and attended technical trainings so he could further develop the science while he perfected the art of coffee roasting. Those same friends and family who enjoyed the coffee as wedding favors came clamoring for new and updated roasts that Murilo was working on.
In early 2020, we decided it was time to take the plunge and offer his roasts not only of Specialty Coffee from the Fazenda Sant'ana, but from some other of our favorite travel destinations as well.