Business - January 2, 2024

Unique Experience in Quality and Sustainability

The achievement of the Best of the Best in the 8th edition of the prestigious Ernesto Illy International Coffee Award marked a significant milestone for São Mateus Agropecuária. Recognized as one of the properties certified by the demanding Certifica Minas Café, this distinction represents the first time a Brazilian coffee has received such an honor, announced with grandeur in New York (USA) last November. An independent jury of experts delved into a blind tasting of the best lots from the 2022/2023 harvest, hailing from nine finalist countries: Brazil, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Nicaragua, and Rwanda.

Guima Café, masterfully produced by São Mateus in the Cerrado mineiro region, secured the highest score, praised as a “round, healthy, and full-bodied” beverage with rich and smooth flavors of a notable balance of chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, and toasted almonds.

The lots participating in the prestigious competition underwent meticulous analysis at the illycaffe quality control laboratories. In the blind tasting, they were skillfully ranked in terms of richness and aromatic complexity, elegance, flavor balance, and aroma intensities.

Andreza Sebaio, an extensionist on the Certifica Minas team at Emater-MG (the state company for technical assistance and rural extension), emphasizes the vital importance of certification for the success of Guima Café. Since 2016, the farm, despite its remarkable potential, has diligently followed Emater’s guidelines. Every step, from pre-audit to certification, is carried out in close collaboration with the expert team, ensuring full compliance with Certifica Minas requirements. It is an ongoing commitment to improvement in coffee production, and the recent award represents the highest recognition for this relentless dedication. Guima Café is more than a beverage; it is the result of a persistent journey towards excellence, reflecting São Mateus Agropecuária’s commitment to quality and sustainability.

Text credits:By Journalist Flávio Bergmann

photomontage: by Vinícius Pascoal

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