Wow a big shipment just arrived, the rest of the the cafe Gene’s came (the first just before Christmas). A big box, huge crate I may move in to it (beats being in the dog house.) Lets say we should be ok for a few months with the Gene’s
This will go down as a red letter day for coffee. the cup of excellence auction was today. The winning coffee went for 49.75 per lb FOB. The winning bidders were Michels Espresso, Instaurator and Caffe Artigiano. At the start of the auction I did expect to be getting at least some of this as I was going to be part of a buying group willing to pay the highest price to date. But within an hour it was in tatters as our budget had gone. It finished 150% more than ever before, thats big bidding. It was also a very big day for Has Bean. For the first time we bought the whole of a lot to have the 100% world exclusivity on selling this coffee as a cup of excellence. A proud day for us, and we hope a good day for Josane de Souza Lima Bissoli the farmer from the SÌtio Boa Sorte fazenda . The lot came 33 but we felt it was way under rated (as did one of the international jury who spent the week with these coffees). Can’t wait to get my hands on it 🙂
the auction carried on for over six hours and I thought it would never end, but it did…… eventually.
Our main import partner held a cupping for the cup of excellence today. I always enjoy my trips to London. Meet with great people, try some great coffee’s and a trip on the train. I’m a man of simple pleasures. Any how the table was massive. the number one lot was for the first time since El Salvador a worthy winner. This coffee’s going to go for a lot of money. But luckily for us there are some coffee’s outside the top 20 that I just think the jury missed. Its a balance with the auctions to find the gems that aren’t all number ones (not everyone wants to spend £15 a bag all the time) but want to pay a good just a little above the market ones. We have our favorites marked up, so lets just wait for the auction on Tuesday.
Our first new shipment of beans for the year. The first one is Colombia Cup of Excellence La Mina Estate. We bought this one way back the 6th of October. This is how long it can take to turn around coffee’s (the bolivian we first tasted the end of october wont be here until the end of February!). Patience has never been my strong point. But the colombian is good. In the cup expect sweetness, Honey, apple, and a real clean cup.