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Brazilian Growers from Minas Gerais recognized by Illycaffè for their quality and sustainable production

Brazilian Growers from Minas Gerais recognized by Illycaffè for their quality and sustainable production

April 03 - 2024

Coffee Geography Magazine


The 33rd edition of Prêmio Ernesto Illy de Qualidade Sustentável do Café para Espresso, the annual award organized by illycaffè to recognize the best coffee crop, unveiled the 3 Brazilian growers and regions most worthy of recognition for quality and sustainability that will represent their country at the 9th Ernesto Illy International Coffee Awards. 

The three winners are Décio Bruxel (Cerrado of Minas), Matheus Lopes Sanglard (Matas of Minas), and Flávio da Costa Figueredo (South of Minas), all from the state of Minas Gerais. They were selected by a panel of judges composed of national and international illycaffè specialists, among more than 670 coffee samples submitted by the best Arabica coffee regions across Brazil. Each winner received a check worth R$10,000.

Winners of the 33rd Premio Ernesto Illy de Qualidade do Cafè para Espresso-b

Winners of the 33rd Premio Ernesto Illy de Qualidade do Cafè para Espresso-b

This award kicks off the selections of the 3 best coffee producers from each of the 9 countries that represent the illy blend and that will take part to the Ernesto Illy International Coffee Awards, the recognition that illycaffè gives to the best coffees among those grown in the regions that contribute to illy's unique blend. Drawing from the Brazilian experience, illycaffè expanded the award in 2016 to encompass all its collaborating producers worldwide to emphasize the importance of working hand-in-hand with them to continue pursuing the virtuous cycle that generates sustainable quality coffee. The 3 winners will represent Brazil at the 9th Ernesto Illy International Coffee Awards and will compete for the coveted "Best of the Best" award.

Additionally, the ceremony unveiled the recipients of the Classifier of the Year Award, acknowledging the dedication and contributions of classifiers in ensuring the continuous pursuit of sustainable quality coffee.

The virtuous cycle of sustainability begins with the cup of coffee and encompasses the countries where the coffee was grown, through a strategy that rests upon four pillars: working directly with producers, transferring knowledge to them, paying them in a way that makes production sustainable, and creating a club of illy producers. 

Brazil was the first country in the world where illycaffè started a direct collaboration with coffee farmers in the late 1980s, and in 1991 established an annual award for the best coffee harvest Prêmio illy de Qualidade do Café para Espresso (now renamed Prêmio Ernesto Illy de Qualidade Sustentável do Café para Espresso) where quality has become the tool for improving the living conditions of coffee producers and related industries. Through the award, the producer has the opportunity to get involved, to verify, in direct comparison with others, the fruit of his commitment, to be rewarded and stimulated to work better and better.