2017 Cup of Excellence Lot #30: Brazil Nossa Senhora da Mata

The Cup of Excellence® is the most prestigious coffee quality competition in the world. The Alliance for Coffee Excellence, a non-profit organization, manages the competition and provides general support for coffee excellency. Several countries participate each year and submit thousands of lots, but only a handful are selected to go to auction with a majority of the proceeds going directly to the farmer. Read more about the Cup of Excellence here.

Parisi Artisan Coffee secured a micro-lot from the 2017 Brazil Naturals auction. The lot placed 30th overall in the competition and earned a taste score of 86.53.


About the Farmer:

Located in Olímpio Noronha, Minas Gerais, the Sítio Nossa Senhora da Mata estate is part of the Mantiqueira de Minas Geographical Indication region. The estate boasts an origin and quality seal and is part of the most awarded region in Brazil. The area is privileged for its great climate conditions, well-defined seasons and rich soils.

The Silva family has done beautiful work cultivating coffee and reaped excellent results in quality contests. The farm is committed to sustainable coffee growing with good agricultural practices and preservation of natural resources. Emerson is a member of Cocarive (Rio Verde Valley Regional Coffee), which supports members at all stages of production. Picking is done by hand over cloths to avoid the beans touching the ground. The coffee is then dried on cement patios until it reaches the ideal humidity. After drying, the coffee is taken to wooden boxes for a period of rest for at least 30 days. Finally, the coffee is processed and deposited at Cocarive, which employs several professionals responsible for cupping, preparing and commercializing the lots.

More on Cocarive:

Our Brazil Cocarive Special Prep single origin lot is processed through the same cooperative. Learn more about this Cocarive and the special prep companion lot here.

About the Origin:

Farmer: Emerson Afonso da Silva
Region: Mantiqueira de Minas
Estate: Sítio Nossa Senhora da Mata
Varietal: Catuai
Altitude: 1100 – 1200 meters
Process: Natural
Roast: Light
Score: 86.53

Tasting Notes:

This natural process coffee is a full-bodied cup with notes of baked apple, caramel, spices, and tart fruit.


You can get your own bag of Cup of Excellence winning Brazil Nossa Senhora da Mata. Find this coffee for a limited time online or pick up a bag in person at our Union Station location. Want them both? Order our bundle with FREE SHIPPING at our online shop!