Roast Light / Filter Brewing
Region Serra da Mantiqueira, Minas Gerias
Varietal Yellow Bourbon
Altitude 1000 – 1350
Cup Score 85.75
Sweet sugary cup with a rounded and slightly boozy orange acidity. Smooth clean body carries through to a lingering caramel and hazelnut finish.
Located in the middle of the Mantiqueira mountain range, Fazenda Rio Verde has been in existence for over 130 years. Surrounded by 773 hectares of virgin forest which has many waterfalls and beautiful hiking trails, the farm is a true natural sanctuary where coffee occupies just over 40 percent of the total area. The soil is predominantly clay on a red mineral volcanic base, rich in decomposable material. On the mountain slopes, the diversity of vegetation has given these soils an unequalled richness in terms of nutrients and organic material, positively complimenting the production of high-quality coffees. The Ipanema Premier Cru is an innovative approach in the search for producing the highest quality coffees in Brazil. After 4 years of testing varietals, processes, maturation curves and drying methods it was discovered under what conditions the best quality was found.
Premier Cru strictly consists of only Yellow Bourbon, Yellow Catuaí and Red Acaiá varietals due to their superior quality in the cup. With only the best 32 terroirs above 1,000 MASL at Fazenda Rio Verde chosen for Premier Cru, they all offer differing profiles due to their unique positioning on the farm. This, along with a new model of harvesting, processing and drying at a brand-new state-of-the-art facility, positions not just coffee but microlots like never before, by being able to guarantee consistency across harvests. Projecting the concept of flavour to the next level, every year a new collection of Premier Cru is collated consisting only of the best flavour profiles from the crop. They are separated into editions (Black, Gold & Blue) according to their cup-complexity and branded as a flavour that the cup-profile is most closely associated with.