Brazil Agua Preta
- December 2019
- Written by : James McLaughlin
President / Green Coffee Buyer
- Written by : Stan Slater
Roaster / Green Coffee Buyer in Training
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.