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About Us

Olá, we are Nadia and Andre, fellow Brazilians, passionate coffee lovers, partners in business and life, and the founders and owners of Southland Merchants.
We met in 2002 in a casual setting and instantly felt connected. Within a year, we established our first company and fell in love.
Life in Brazil was great; we love the country and its people, the lifestyle and being with our families, but we could not let go of the urge to venture out into the world and explore new places. Eventually, we decided to embark on an adventure and to move overseas with our three girls. We wanted to find a place that would offer a bright future for our children, allow them to meet a new culture and learn another language. After a lot of research, we realised Australia would be our ideal destination.
In 2017 Australia became our new home. In the same year of our arrival, we founded Southland Merchants. Our company supplies Australian roasters with delicious Brazilian green coffee, full of stories and passion, and connects us back to our roots.

We want to make a difference and contribute to improving the local growers' lives in Brazil. At the same time, we aspire to embrace the diversity and potential Brazil has to offer.
In 2021 we launched a dry milling facility in the Mantiqueira de Minas region in partnership with a local coffee producer. This project means a lot to us. It allows us to develop a closer relationship with the local growers, fosters open conversations and gives us an insight into what we can do to ensure all parties (growers, us and roasters) benefit from each other. One of our many achievements is developing a project, Educare Coffee, that supports the coffee growers in everything they need to run a successful farm business.
We also value our relationship with our coffee roasters. We believe, if we understand exactly what they desire and want, what they like and enjoy, we can cooperate with our growers in finding the best green coffees that suit the roasters’ market and build a successful supply chain for all parties involved.

What Drives Us

"Selling our coffees to Southland has had a significant impact on our lives. Not only has working with Southland changed our perspective on speciality coffee, but we have a complete understanding of who purchases our coffee, how it is marketed and what feedback our coffee receives. We have never experienced such transparency. We know our coffee is valued, and we are happy with the prices we receive. Nadia and Andre have become great partners for us!"

"I was looking for ways to improve but was not aware what God sent us with Southland Merchants. We get paid fair prices, receive invaluable recognition, knowledge and apprenticeship. Gratitude is an understatement!!! We are blessed to work with such a wonderful Family!!!"

"We strongly believe in purpose! And Southland's purpose is in unison with ours. Our goal is to improve producers and their families’ quality of life in a fair and sustainable way with determination, confidence, and professionalism. Southland fills us with pride. We are astounded how noticeably the producers' outlook on life has changed. And we, as partners, understand that we must continually improve our knowledge, so we can consistently deliver the best work possible; after all, we will travel this path with dozens of families who will have the joy and gratitude of a better future."

"We see Southland as a great partner with a big impact on us who has helped us a lot to sell our coffee in another overseas / abroad in a very honest way."

"Southland value and encourage the small coffee producer. It was the first time that we were able to sell coffee at a fair price. We started to produce a special coffee without having the experience, without knowing if we could achieve a good score and good sales. We are happy to sell coffee to Southland and this encourages us more and more."

"Working with Southland helped me to improve the quality of my coffees with time. They recognise our coffees and it motivates us to always improve."

"Southland brought us a new vision, they brought hope and the desire to seek improvement in the quality of our coffees. A company that aims to value the producer. We must thank God for the life of Nádia and André, as they were an important guide for us. We believe that we will still do a lot of business, as it is a company that we can trust!"

Gil and Edu Melo

Espigao Farm, Cerrado Mineiro

Leda Fernandes and Edvaldo

Roseira Farm, Mantiqueira de Minas

Carlos Atoe

Coopeavi, Espirito Santo state

Luiz Carlos

Embira Farm, Campo das Vertentes region

Tatiane Abreu

St Edwiges farm, Mantiqueira de Minas Region

Silvanius Kutz

Kutz Farm, The Mountains of Espirito Santo

Quezia Tavares

Taquara Farm, Caparao, MG

Meet Our Growers!

Get to know our growers that send the goodness of coffee to you. We work closely to them to source exciting specialty coffees!

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How We Are Seen

"Coming from Brazil and having outstanding relationships with everyone from the smallest coffee producers to some of the largest exporters in Brazil, Southland was able to offer us much more than just an importing service."

"The many now familiar industry terms such as transparency and farm direct are not labels on packaged items with Southland. These are clear and practiced values that Nadia and Andre live and breathe with every interaction, at origin and with roasters. I have enjoyed watching the organic growth of their business and feel excited for the future of our partnership and the partnerships we have made with our Brazilian Coffee Farmers."

"We have always seen the potential of Brazil as an origin beyond blenders with usually around 1 or 2 incredible microlots entering our offers list across the season. It is great to see Southland exceeding this standard from our point of view, with multiple lots entering our buying programme this year and a couple even exceeding our expectations of quality when arriving. It is a testament to Southland's buying and connections at origin. It has been great to work with Southland over the past few years. Nadia is a pleasure to deal with, and we at Code Black Coffee share similar values in regard to quality and relationships."

"Nadia and Andre are passionate and knowledgeable individuals who together make a powerhouse team. No matter how much coffee you purchase from them, they will do their best to provide you with exceptional service. You always feel supported in your coffee journey and they are quick to respond to questions or requests. We look forward to a long and rewarding relationship with Southland Merchants."

"As a coffee roaster and green buyer – Southland is pretty much the best-case scenario as a supplier. The quality of the coffee is excellent. A pseudo extension of ourselves, with closely aligned values. Beyond a transactional relationship, Southland are the bridge that connects us in a meaningful way to the coffee industry at origin. We rely on you to make the right decisions for all stakeholders in your supply chain, and we could not be happier with our decision to trust our Brazil coffees to Southland Merchants."

"As a coffee roaster and green buyer – Southland is pretty much the best-case scenario as a supplier. The quality of the coffee is excellent. A pseudo extension of ourselves, with closely aligned values. Beyond a transactional relationship, Southland are the bridge that connects us in a meaningful way to the coffee industry at origin. We rely on you to make the right decisions for all stakeholders in your supply chain, and we could not be happier with our decision to trust our Brazil coffees to Southland Merchants."

Brad Nixon

Elementary Coffee, SA

Andrew Mitchell

Patio Roasters, SA

Allan Yeh

Code Black coffee roasters, VIC

Alex Milosevic, Heather Scott

Extration Artisan Coffee Roasters, QLD

Matthew Muhl

Antz Coffee, WA

Brad Cassady

Leaf Bean Machine, WA

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