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The 26th Ernesto illy Brazil Award Has Winners From Three Regions in Minas Gerais

The winners of this tradi­tional coffee quality prize are from Cerrado Mineiro, Chapada and Matas de Minas

São Paulo, March 16, 2017 — Minas Gerais (Brazil) demon­strated the excel­lence of its specialty coffees at the 26th Ernesto Illy Brazil Award for Quality Coffee for Espresso. Arabica beans from three different regions within the state were recog­nized as the best of the 2016/2017 crop by the illy­caffè prize, which elected CBI Agropecuária, from Chapada de Minas; Juliana Armelin, from Cerrado Mineiro and Rafael Marques de Araújo, from Matas de Minas as cham­pions in the national producers’ cate­gory.

The three winners will compete for the 2nd International Ernesto Illy Coffee Quality Award for Espresso, in October, in New York (NY). The inter­na­tional award will bring together 27 repre­sen­ta­tives from the best producers of high-quality espresso beans, from 9 coffee producing coun­tries, in an initia­tive stim­u­lated by the success and tradi­tion of the Ernesto Illy Prize, which has revo­lu­tion­ized the Brazilian coffee produc­tion.

Winner of the 25th edition, Juliana, owner of the Terra Alta plan­ta­tion in Ibiá, was once again recog­nized as one of the producers of the best coffees in the country, now in its second year supplying coffee for illy­caffè. Rafael, from the Córrego da Serra plan­ta­tion in Manhuaçu and CBI Agropecuária from Fazenda Tecad, in Minas Novas, were also among the winners, as first-time partic­i­pants in the compe­ti­tion.

The award cere­mony, held in the Villa Vérico hall in São Paulo, was attended by Andrea Illy, pres­i­dent of illy­caffè, and other repre­sen­ta­tives of the company. They presented the coffee growers with the award diplomas and cheques for R$ 10,000 each. The Italian roaster awarded, in total, more than R$ 100,000 in prizes.

illy­caffè also revealed the winners from eight regions (complete list below), who took the stage to receive their prizes. Furthermore, the merit award for Sustainable Supplier of the Year was awarded to Elias Koji Okuyama (Cerrado Mineiro) and the awards for Classifier of the Year went to João de Medeiros Neto (1st place, South of Minas), Marcos Ribeiro Vasconcelos (2nd place, Cerrado Mineiro) and Jandir Castro Filho (3rd place, São Paulo).

Winner: Álvaro Luiz Orioli (Goiás, Brazil)
Runner-up: Gelci Zancanaro (Goiás, Brazil)

Cerrado Mineiro
Winner: Juliana Tytko Armelin
Runner-up: Marcos Cezar Miaki

Chapada de Minas
Winner: CBI Agropecuária
Runner-up: Luiz Augusto Monguilod

Matas de Minas
Winner: Rafael Marques de Araujo
Runner-up: Ney José Alves Filho

Winner: Glauber de Castro (Bahia)

Rio de Janeiro
Winner: Francisco Nioac de Salles

São Paulo
Winner: Daniella Romano Pelosini
Runner-up: Marco Antonio Guardabaxo

South of Minas
Winner: Carlos H. Ribeiro do Valle
Runner-up: Carlos Alberto Pellicer

Awarded annu­ally since 1991, the Ernesto Illy Award is the most impor­tant initia­tive for the recog­ni­tion of quality of Brazilian coffee produc­tion. Created by illy­caffè as a funda­mental action that formed part of the plan to develop the quality and sustain­ability of coffee in the country, the compe­ti­tion has already recog­nized more than two thou­sand coffee growers over the years.

About illy­caffè
illy­caffè is a family-owned Italian company, founded in Trieste in 1933, committed to offering the best coffee in the world. It is the most global coffee brand, producing a blend of 100% Arabica espresso coffee, using beans from 9 different coffee producing coun­tries, Brazil being the main provider. More than 7 million cups of illy coffee are consumed daily in cafés, restau­rants and hotels in more than 140 coun­tries. The leader in coffee science and tech­nology, illy­caffè is the precursor of espresso, having inno­vated in the invest­ment of beverage quality, with the creation of the Ernesto Illy Prize, in 1991, for Brazilian producers. It was also a pioneer in the prac­tice of purchasing directly from suppliers, sharing know-how and paying above-market prices for those who attain their quality stan­dards, in part­ner­ships guided by the prin­ci­ples of sustain­able devel­op­ment. With the aim of spreading the coffee culture, it founded the Università del Caffè, an educa­tional center of excel­lence that offers theo­ret­ical and prac­tical training in all aspects of coffee for coffee growers, baristas, coffee shop staff and coffee lovers. illy­caffè employs approx­i­mately 1,200 people glob­ally and, in 2015, had consol­i­dated revenues of 437 million Euros.

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