Rio Brilhante – Brazil
Inacio first arrived in Minas Gerais in 1976 with the dream of producing great coffee via sustainable and innovative practices. After acquiring his own farm in Cerrado Mineiro in 1984, Rio Brilhante has grown to become one of the largest farms in the region, as well as one of the largest in the country, spanning over 2,000 hectares. Since Inacio planted those first trees over 30 years ago, he has continued to strive for excellence within the specialty industry, mainly via his use of rigorous quality control methods.\
Inacio originally named his farm Rio Brilhante, translating in English as ‘bright river’, to honor the clear crystal water that provides life to his farm. This lifeblood that Urban notes to be so important to Rio Brilhante success originates from ‘Guarani Aquifer’, the second largest underwater reservoir on the planet, partly located underneath the Cerrado region, but also stretching as far as Paraguay and Uruguay. As well as the colossal 1600+ hectares dedicated to coffee, Urban also has a further 700+ hectares, where he grows a combination of cotton, soy, corn, tomato, beans and grazing pasture for cattle. Urban’s sons are now also involved in the running of the farm. Urban notes that family care helps to keep responsibility and innovation at the heart of best practices for Rio Brilhante. He also believes his sons’ passion, will help to honor Rio Brilhante’s existing 30-year history, for decades to come.