Author: Nick Brown
Source: Daily Coffee News by Roast Magazine
One of the largest producer groups in Brazil, Ipanema Coffees reintroduced itself to the U.S. specialty coffee world at last month’s SCA Expo in Seattle, highlighting the results of three years worth of quality-focused investments in a microlot program.
The show was particularly well timed for the 37-year-old Ipanema group — which maintains three primary estates near the municipalities of Alfenas and Conceição do Rio Verde in the southern part of the Minas Gerais state — with the 2017/18 harvest season throughout Brazil just getting underway.
Since 2014, the organization has been implementing innovative quality control and development measures throughout parts of its farms in order to introduce a new microlot platform called “Ipanema Grand Cru,” with coffees from individual lots receiving different and closely monitored processes throughout the production cycle, according to a company announcement shared with Daily Coffee News. The company says it believes the quality development program to be scaleable, while helping to provide a new quality baseline for the Brazilian green specialty market.
Ipanema’s Fazenda Conquista pictured from above.