The Rio Brilhante farm is located in the region of Cerrado Mineiro, one of the primary coffee-growing regions of Brazil. The region is renowned for its excellent coffee production which can be attributed to a combination of good soil, terrain and the general ‘know-how’ of its people.
Inacio Carlos Urban acquired the Rio Brilhante farm in 1984 with a dream of producing great coffee through sustainable and innovate practices. This particular lot is 100% handpicked Catuai 99. The coffee cherries are picked and sorted, before being dried on patios until they read below 12% moisture.
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Since Urban planted his first coffee trees over 30 years ago, the farm has grown to become not only one of the largest farms in the region but also in the country. The farm is spread over 2,350 hectares of which 1,627 hectares are under coffee. Cotton, soy, corn, tomatoes and beans are also grown on the land.
The excellent quality produced at Rio Brilhante can be attributed to their high standards of cultivation. Every quarter, both the soil and coffee tree leaves are analysed and corrections are made using specific products and fertilisers. Pruning is conducted on average every two years after the coffee trees are evaluated by a trained professional. The farm is always looking for new ways to innovate and have introduced new varieties such as Arara and Paraiso. These varieties have been chosen for their pathogen resistant characteristics that help deter diseases such as leaf rust.
The farm is involved in a number of social projects, such as the ‘Seeds of Change’ program. The project is designed to help members of staff and their relatives learn essential skills such as reading and writing and those who take part receive a professional qualification. The farm also funds other education initiatives such as ‘Escolinha Tia Edna’, a disability school for 85 pupils and ‘Ponto do Livro’ a project aiming to open local open-air libraries.