Interesting news received from the cup of excellence this week I forgot to share with you. I hope they don’t mind me putting the whole mail up here but its easier than me explaining it.
The Colombia 2007 Cup of Excellence samples have been shipped and are on their way to those of you who have registered. The auction is scheduled for April 12th, 2007.
These will be the only Colombian Cup of Excellence winners for 2007. In fact the next Colombian Cup of Excellence coffees will not be available until Fall of 2008. The Colombian Coffee Federation has decided to hold one competition per year and to cup each harvest region once every other year.
The First Harvest coffees from these winning regions will not be cupped and available again until early 2009 so if you want to provide your customers with exceptional award winning Colombian coffees this upcoming auction will be your only chance for quite some time.
As you will find out when you cup these coffee there is a huge variety in the winners as there were 8 departments represented- all with different flavor profiles- the international jury was very impressed with the diversity and we are just very proud of the many small farmers who represented departments that have really not been thought of a top quality before.
If you would like these samples there is still time for you to register and receive them before the auction.
On a positive note- Once the final dates are set we will be formally announcing that Bolivia will be added to the 2007 schedule. The coffee organizations within Bolivia have agreed to work together and share the responsibility in organizing the event and the cooperatives are excited to once again welcome international cuppers and buyers. We are thrilled to bring Bolivia back on board and know that many of you have expressed the hope that Cup of Excellence would once more discover some of the phenomenal coffees you have purchased in the past.
I have my Colombian samples now and will be working through them this weekend we do hope to be able to secure something special. As always I’ll keep you posted.