Fazenda Rio Brilhante is located in Pântano, Minas Gerais, an area known for its coffee cultivation. The farm was started by Inácio Urban 4 decades ago, during which he has grown to a massive 1650 hectares of coffee, and has gained top placement in several regional coffee competitions. Today, the farm continues to be run by he and his family. It's an example of a fully mechanized farm, common at large Brazilian estates, where cherries are stripped from shrubs using harvesting machinery, and later sorted by density to separate the ripest coffee for their top grades. To see it in action can be a bit startling, but it's a rather efficient means of production at large farms where hand labor would be too costly. Farm altitude ranges from 900 to 1150 meters above sea level, and this lot was pulled from the higher part of the farm where they've planted Mundo Novo and Yellow Catuaí, which they've found produce a very nice cup at that altitude level. It's also a dry process coffee, meaning the outer cherry and fruit are left intact during the entire drying phase. It takes longer to dry the coffee, but it can result in interesting fruit flavors, and a heightened body. Because of this, dry process Brazils are often the go-to for espresso blend bases, and I think this lot is a good example of why.