Ipanema Coffee is a very well established, large coffee producer in the Mantiquiera Mountains of Sul de Minas, with a series of plateaus, fertile soil and consistent rainfall.
Their team worked for a number of years to test the potential for very innovative, high scoring specialty coffee from Ipanema’s Rio Verde farm. It involved agronomy, science, dividing the land into small “glebes” so that each micro-lot would be fully traceable, planted with Brazil’s best performing Arabica varietals (Yellow Bourbon, Yellow Catuai and Red Acaia) and pushing the boundaries of processing techniques to improve complexity and flavour.
This micro-lot is A40 “Wine” Gold Edition, from Ipanema Coffees’ Anima Verde harvest of 2020. Red Acaia Arabica is washed using the dry method (fermentation, but minimising the use of water in the “washing”) and then dried using both sun patios and mechanical dryers.