Várzea da Onça is located in the mountains of northeastern Brazil, where vestiges of the Atlantic Forest still exist. Várzea da Onça is synonymous with “jaguar valley.” 100 years ago, jaguars roamed the valley. Indigenous tribes settled here because of the fertile soil and the abundance of freshwater springs in the region. In the 18th century, the first coffee seedlings were introduced in the region. The local farmers then created a diverse polyculture of coffee, fruits and native species, unique to the region. They follow that tradition and continue to improve on it.