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OCT-NOV 2017

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36 barista magazine In the middle of the bustling city of Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Bruno Souza (far le ) wows the Ally guests—including Dean Kallivrousis (center), World Cup Tasters Champion Tin Lok Chan (right), and Ricardo Pereira (far right)—with the coff ee farm hidden behind his café and training center, Academia do Café. who brought her husband and business partner, Jon, along, too. There was U.S. Cup Tasters Champ Steve Cuevas and runner-up Ander- son Stockdale, as well as World Cup Tasters Champ Tin Lok Chan of Hong Kong. U.S. Brewers Cup Champ Dylan Siemens was there along with third-place fi nisher Jacob White, and World Brewers Cup Champ Chad Wang of Taiwan. Don't forget U.S. Roaster Champion Mark Michaelson. Finally, the reigning World Barista Champion, Berg Wu of Taiwan, and his wife and business partner, Chee, rounded out the blindingly talented group. We were treated to a cast of Ally Coffee staffers who were endless- ly patient answering our many questions, guiding us across an im- pressively large swath of the enormous South American country, and essentially providing for our every need: Dean Kallivrousis, Micah Sherer, and Ricardo, as well as Ally's CEO Bruno Tavares. Finally, some special guests: Gianni Cassatini of Nuova Simonelli, Reg Barber of tamper fame, and some very lucky journalists from Standart Magazine and Perfect Daily Grind, as well as yours truly from Barista Magazine. We assembled in the massive metropolis of São Paolo, which if you've been there you can attest gives an abrasive shock to the system after a nine-hour plane ride. Fortunately, our Ally hosts gently and swiftly steered our jet-lagged group onto a couple of luxury Sprinter vans. Five-and-a-half hours later, I woke to the chatter of my van mates exclaiming at the landscape outside. We had arrived at Fazenda São Francisco, where the sun was just beginning to set behind a dreamy pasture of horses. Clamoring down from the vans, we were embraced by Ricardo, who had arrived a few days earlier, and the many members of the Messias de Almeida family, who would host us at their spectacular estate for the next three nights. Our primary point of contact was producer Nilton Messias de Almeida, a former lawyer who now oversees his family's farms. Fazenda São Francisco would be the fi rst farm of several we would see in the Alta Mogiana region, which reaches across 23 municipali-

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