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Antonio Rigno is among Brazil's most-decorated coffee growers, with three top-10 finishes at the country's Cup of Excellence competition over the past decade. At 69 years old, when many people are enjoying retirement, he still spends part of every day in the field applying the meticulous approach to quality that made his coffee famous.
  • SKU Brazil Agua Preta
  • Country Brazil
  • Region within Country Chapada Diamantina, Bahia
  • Elevation 1280 m.a.s.l.
  • Farm Fazenda São Judas Tadeu
  • Farmer / Producer Name Antonio Rigno
  • Buyer James McLaughlin & Stan Slater
  • Cultivar Red Catuaí
Direct Trade 1
Single Origin 1
In Season 1
Dark SugarsFloralDark Chocolate

Brazil Agua Preta

This year’s Brazil Agua Preta was grown by Antonio Rigno, one of the most decorated coffee farmers in Brazil. Over the past 10 years, Rigno has had three top-10 finishes at the prestigious Cup of Excellence (CoE) competition. In 2015, he claimed the top spot overall with the year’s best Brazilian coffee.

His São Judas Tadeu farm is nestled in the Chapada Diamantina mountain range in the northeastern Brazilian state of Bahia. The region is named for the diamond mines that once thrived there, but today it is better-known for producing some of the highest quality coffee in Brazil. The region landed on the specialty coffee map in 2009 when growers from Chapada Diamantina took five of the top 10 spots in the 2009 CoE.

Rigno’s success is due in no small part to his passion and attention to detail. At 69 years old, he still walks his 35-hectare farm every day. The 15 hectares planted with coffee trees are simply immaculate. After selectively harvesting only the ripe cherry, Rigno employs a carefully guarded fermentation technique, and then dries the coffee on raised beds and enclosed patios.

After a season's hiatus from our menu, we are delighted to reintroduce Brazil Agua Preta from one of Brazil's most stunningly beautiful coffee-growing regions.

Espresso

Espresso

All home and commercial espresso machines.

Turkish Grind

Turkish Grind

If you need a little bit coarser grind for your espresso machine or utilize this favorite preparation in eastern Europe.

Stovetop Espresso

Stovetop Espresso

Moka pots and stovetop espresso kettles need a very fine grind.

Cone Filter - Paper

Cone Filter - Paper

Most automatic and electric brewers utilize this grind setting.

Cone Filter - Gold

Cone Filter - Gold

Automatic brewers with reusable mesh filters, or a Kone manual brewing insert.

Universal

Universal

If you're buying for a friend, or are just not sure - this is a good grind for most drip brewers.

Technivorm

Technivorm

We found this excellent automatic brewer needed a bit coarser grind than other cone filter brewers.

Vacuum Brewer

Vacuum Brewer

For those with an electric or flame-heated vacuum brewer.

Flat Bottom - Paper

Flat Bottom - Paper

Any basket-style brewer, including automatic and Kalita wave manual brewing.

Flat Bottom - Gold

Flat Bottom - Gold

For automatic brewers with basket-style reusable filters.

French Press

Hario Dripper

Manual pourover cone brewing is a simple, no frills way of brewing.

Grind Type

French Press

A classic of immersion brewing. Select this grind for perfect classical preparation.

Chemex

Chemex

The iconic Chemex, this grind provides a perfectly paired offering for the special filters made for this brewer.

Percolator

Percolator

Our coarsest grind, this also provides a good pre-ground solution for cold brew at home.

Whole Bean

Whole Bean

For those with a grinder at home, we love freshly ground coffee! We prefer burr grinders for a more even brew.