First-time contestant Jesimar de Oliveira Sandi recently beat out 22 other competitors in front of Brazilian and international juries in the Brazil Late Harvest (Naturals) Cup of Excellence® competition.
In total, 5,634 cups were prepared, analyzed and scored by the juries, who met at the MINASUL cooperative in Varginha, Brazil. Jesimar de Oliveira Sandi’s coffee achieved a final score of 92.13 after 6 cuppings, ranking him almost 2 points over the next contender.
Here’s more from the Alliance for Coffee Excellence, organizers of the Cup of Excellence program:
The International Jury, hailing from 11 different countries arrived on a Sunday to spend the week cupping at the MINASUL cooperative one of the largest coffee cooperatives in the world which has 5,000 grower members and processes 1.2million bags a year. The jury, staff and farmers were met with an international film crew creating a documentary about exceptional coffees and the Cup of Excellence competition process.
Naturals account for 88% of Brazils entire coffee production and while Carmo de Minas dominated the list of the 22 winners, the top 3 places went to growers outside this famous growing region.
Each of the 22 Brazil winning coffees will be sold to the highest bidders on March 14th during a live auction through the new Alliance for Coffee Excellence website.