The 5th Annual Força Café Coffee Championship 2018 has winning coffees. They are from the Matas de Minas region, which won both categories: Natural coffee, with the lot of Mr. Elieser Carmelito da Silva (86.75 points) and Peeled cherry coffee, with the Deivison Welques Pereira lot (85.68 points).

For the fifth year, Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung do Brasil held the annual “Força Café” Coffee Championship in collaboration with NKG Stockler and Fazenda da Lagoa, in Santo Antônio do Amparo, Brazil.

A total of 265 lots of “natural” and “semi-washed” coffee produced by family farmers competed. The coffee came from the regions where the “Força Café” Program operates: Matas de Minas, Circuito das Águas, Campos das Vertentes and Mar de Minas Gerais. Of these, 70 samples passed the pre-selection and were presented in the final event that took place between 21st and 26th of October 2018.

The coffees were tasted by a group of representatives from importing companies and roasters from various countries, such as: Lavazza from Italy, KLD Coffee Importers from Russia, Bero Polska and Cukiernia Sowa from Poland, InterAmerican Coffee-USA, Barista Magazine, Die Rösterei and InterAmerican Coffee-Europe from Germany. For Gerra Harrigan of InterAmerican Coffee-USA, “the experience of tasting each batch was incredible. Results have been amazing for the group of very experienced tasters. I am grateful to all the producers who have prepared their coffees for the contest and we are very excited to participate in the auction of the winning coffees that is about to come.”

The main highlight of this years competition was that the winning coffees came from the Matas de Minas region, which won both categories. Matas de Minas is also the region in which HRNS do Brasil implements the projects of International Coffee Partners.The following are the results of the different categories of the “Força Café Coffee Championship 2018:

Natural Category – General

Place Winner Name
Region Score
1st Elieser Carmelito da Silva Matas de Minas 86,75
2nd Valdemir Oliveira Reis Circuito das Águas 86,65
3rd Paulo Giovanni da Silva Circuito das Águas 85,80
4th Severo Martins Borges Campos das Vertentes 85,70
5th Fábio Venâncio Sales Campos das Vertentes 85,18
6th Ivanir Maria Bastos Silva Matas de Minas 84,80
7th Rosângela Moura Alves Matas de Minas 84,75
8th Nivaldo dos Reis Soares Circuito das Águas 84,73
9th Wanderley de Deus Saleni Mar de Minas 83,95
10th Cléo Tulio de Brito Mar de Minas 83,62
11th Amilton Resende Peixoto Campos das Vertentes 83,43
12th Márcio Luiz Cabral Mar de Minas 83,30

Category Semi-Washed – General

Place Winner Name
Region Score
1st Deivison Welques Pereira Matas de Minas 85,68
2nd Rafael Bastos Silva Matas de Minas 85,65
3rd Elieser Carmelito da Silva Matas de Minas 85,08
4th Rosângela Moura Alves Matas de Minas 85,05
5th Ivanir Maria Bastos Silva Matas de Minas 84,13

Region Matas de Minas – Natural Category

Place Winner Name
Region Score
1st Ivanir Maria Bastos Silva Santa Margarida 84,75
2nd Elieser Carmelito da Silva Santa Margarida 84,53
3rd Rosângela Moura Alves Santa Margarida 84,38

Circuit of Waters – Natural Category

Place Winner Name
Region Score
1st Valdemir Oliveira Reis Lambari 85,03
2nd Paulo Giovanni da Silva Lambari 83,93
3rd Nivaldo dos Reis Soares Campanha 83,65

Campos das Vertentes – Natural Category

Place Winner Name
Region Score
1st Fábio Venâncio Sales Camacho 86,13
2nd Amilton Resende Peixoto Santo Antônio do Amparo 83,56
3rd Severo Martins Borges São Francisco de Paula 83,28

Mar de Minas – Natural Category

Place Winner Name
Region Score
1st Cléo Tulio de Brito Elio Mendes 84,23
2nd Wanderley de Deus Saleni Ilicínea 83,18
3rd Márcio Luiz Cabral Ilicínea 83,10

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