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Brazil International Coffee Week announces Coffee of The Year Award winner

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Elmiro Alves do Nascimento from Santiago Farm, in Olegário Mariano, Minas Gerais, won the Coffee of The Year Award with a score of 90.83 points at the Brazil International Coffee Week (BICW).

After attracting visitors from more than 58 countries in last year’s virtual edition, the BICW returned from 10 to 12 November in a hybrid format, in person or online.

Professionals from all over the world were able to follow the program for free on the website, or take part in the event at Expominas in Belo Horizonte to learn how the country, which is the largest producer and exporter of coffee on the planet, deals with the needs of the current market’s dynamics.

Director of Café Editora Caio Alonso Fontes says he was very happy with the results of this year’s edition.

“The theme ‘retake, rebound, reconnect’ could not be more appropriate,” he says.

“After a 100 per cent digital edition last year, the difference between learning in person or negotiating face to face became even more noticeable and was much celebrated.”

Around 10,000 visitors were able to attend, while the digital platform registered more than six thousand viewers, ensuring an even greater global reach of 25 countries.

The program had 70 presentations and 113 speakers, including specialists, producers, researchers and companies.

Presented by journalist Mariana Proença, Content Director at Café Editora, BICW 2021 ended with the revelation of the best coffees in Brazil.

Roberto Simões, President of the Federation of Agriculture and Livestock of the State of Minas Gerais (FAEMG), a position he leaves this year, reinforced the democratic essence of BICW in favour of the sector’s development.

“It is an event that opens space for micro and small producers, as well as serving major brands and talking directly to retailers,” he says.

“At the same time that it values cultural roots, it shows new paths and opportunities”.

To view the full list of categories and winners, click here.

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