• Rio Brilhante
  • Rio Brilhante
  • Rio Brilhante
  • Rio Brilhante

Rio Brilhante

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Rio Brilhante is an innovative and highly productive farm, and this variety, Icatu, is a highlight from the varied and unique varieties in production. We were fortunate enough to visit Rio Brilhante in the summer of 2023 and taste this coffee at its point of origin.  In the cup, we find notes of fig, blackberry, and dark chocolate.

Origin: Minas Gerais, Brazil
Processing: Natural
Varietal: Icatu

Elevation: 1150 MASL
Tasting Notes: Fig, Blackberry, Dark Chocolate

Fazenda Rio Brilhante sits within a micro region called Pantano, which is located in the agricultural heavy state of Minas Gerais, Brazil. Pantanto is known for its well-defined seasons, consistent seasonal rain, and overall favorable climate for coffee production. Specifically, these conditions are ideal for producing natural processed coffees, which represents on average 80% of the production on the farm. Rio Brilhante is a large farm, as is typical in Brazil, consisting of 45 unique sections that present their own unique terroir and micro-climate. The sections are separated by large trees such as grevillea and mahogany, which act as a natural divider between the coffee sections and also the untouched areas, preserving the biodiversity of the farm. In 2020, Rio Brilhante was awarded first place in the Ethics and Traceability Award given to farms for their commitment to and development of programs to develop people, preserve the environment, and promote responsible agribusiness. This variety, Icatu, is a young hybrid cultivar developed in Brazil in the 90's. Crossing arabica Bourbon Vermelho and C. canephora (robusta), the Icatu variety has a high yield and strong disease resistance, as well as really nice cup quality, making it an intriguing variety with lots of potential for future growth.

Our coffee bags are now recyclable - just return your used bag to any of our cafés and we'll take care of the rest.

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