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Ipanema Premier Cru Aura Magna B34 Blackberry Blue

Ipanema Gourmet has been producing coffee since the 1870s and is one of the largest farms with which we work. Their approach to coffee is innovative and creative.

Beginning in 2018, Ipanema began their ‘Premier Cru’ range: a selection of very small batch, handcrafted lots from the highest altitudes of the Estate’s oldest farm, Rio Verde. This range of Premier Cru coffees is packed in cutting edge nitrogen-flushed vacuum-packed 20kg cartons. The method of nitrogen flushing, common with roasted coffee, stabilises the product by removing all traces of oxygen. Taking such care with green coffee is practically unheard of, even in specialty. The method speaks to the exceptional quality of these lots, which push the boundaries of what specialty coffee in Brazil can offer.

  • Farm Ipanema Premier Cru
  • Varietal Yellow Bourbon
  • Process Natural
  • Altitude 1,030 to 1,090 meters above sea level
  • Town / City Alfenas & Machado
  • Region Sul de Minas, Minas Gerais
  • Owner Ipanema Agricola
  • Tasting Notes Blackberry, cherry, black tea
  • Farm Size 1,566 hectares total
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Ipanema Premier Cru Aura Magna B34 Blackberry Blue

The project began development in 2014, with 2018 marking the first harvest marketed under the Premier Cru name.

Every year a new collection will be released with a unique ‘brand’ name. 2019 brought the Aura Matina (Morning Aura) collection, 2020 named Anima Verde, and this year (2021) deemed the Aura Magna.

Every micro lot is categorised into one of the three edition groups, revealing the complexity of the taste and its rarity. Ipanema’s coffee specialist team scores the lots into Black, Gold and Blue Edition grades (similar to whiskey). The coffee’s final name reflects the year’s ‘brand’, the ‘glebe’ from which it was harvested, and the dominant cupping note identified by the quality control team.

About Brazil

Coffee was introduced to the country back in the early 18th century, which rapidly spread throughout Brazil, making it the leading producer of coffee worldwide.

Additionally, Brazil is the only country to utilize mechanized harvesting tools to assist with the extensive coffee fields. The flat topography of the country allows for the ease of machines to slowly comb through the coffee trees and remove ripe cherries. Advanced agricultural technology has allowed for the even harvesting of cherries and prevents uneven harvesting.

Today, the well-known coffee producing regions are Espirito Santo, São Paulo, Minas Gerais, and Bahia.