27th Ernesto Illy Award Evaluates & Awards The Best Coffees of Brazil
Three cities of Minas Gerais (Araponga, in Matas de Minas; Carmo da Cachoeira, in the South of Minas and Ibiá, in the Cerrado Mineiro) produced the best Arabica coffees of the 2017/2018 harvest, according to the results of the 27th Ernesto Illy Award for the Sustainable Quality of Coffee for Espresso.
The growers, Raimundo Dimas Santana (Fazenda Santo Antônio); Maria D'Aparecida Vilela Brito (Fazenda Moendas); and Ângelo Nascimento (Fazenda São Pedro de Alcântara) are the winners and received their certificate of accomplishment and an award of R$ 10,000 each during a ceremony in São Paulo. In October 2018, they will be invited to travel to New York to participate in the 3rd Annual Ernesto Illy International Coffee Award.
During the Ernesto International Coffee Award in New York, these three Brazil growers will represent their country and compete among a total of 27 growers from 9 different countries that supply coffee beans to illycaffè and are identified as the best in the world. A jury tasting held at the United Nations Delegates Room will determine the “best of the best” and recognize all 27 growers for their excellence in raising coffee of the highest quality through sustainable means.
Organized annually since 1991, the Ernesto Illy Award is the most important initiative to value the Brazilian coffee. Created by illycaffè as a fundamental action of its plan to develop and enhance the quality and sustainability of coffee in the country, the contest has already recognized more than 1,400 coffee growers in the last 27 years.
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