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Colombia Cup of Excellence

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.

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4 Comments

  1. sounds like the “need” has arisen to freeze some greens…

  2. I’m not sure if it is Aaron. It just slots into the 12 month rotational greens. I think it will add some clarity to Colombia which I believe has suffered having two auctions. I don’t see a need to store 2 years worth, just focus on tow different regions different years.

    I must do some more reading into the freezing Green debate, I’m still a septic, but remain very interested, and there are some big movers making noises about it, so there must be some substance to it.

  3. i know it, steve. i definitely hear what you’re saying about just rotating the different regions vis a vis the main and fly crop harvests. i see clearly both sides of the freezing coin: the one side making arguments about buying locally and freshness and respecting the seasons mother nature gives us, while the other side claims that there is no such thing for us in the northern hemisphere as “local” coffee, that there are many, many, many examples of preservation of foods that great cultures and palates celebrate such as cheeses, wines, cured meats, cigars, aged spirits and the like.

    all that to say, i think the two years timeline is about as far as i would be comfortable stretching the frozen greens. maybe that’s still short sighted of me, as perhaps in twenty years frozen greens of five, ten, fifteen or more years may be the norm. but i definitely am into the experimentation around it to see what is workable and what is not, which is why i’m a keen supporter and participant in the barismo.com freeze experiment (and why i’ve got all those greens from edwin in a freezer here!).

    cheers, mate.

    p.s. israel/england? how did that go down? did you watch it?

  4. Looking forward to these beautys ……..
    especially the Bolivians for sure

    We all have our points of view ! On the freezing debate i allways ask myself
    “wheres the fun in that” ……. imadgine a world where we got everything we wanted? part of my pleasure in coffee is not just in final extracted (perfectly of course.. he he) Shot, but the process of finding, cupping and debate with friends on quality etc. part of this is knowing its a get it while its around type of phlosophy.

    no romance in it for me i am afraid ……..

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