Archive for October, 2009

Bolivia Cup of Excellence 2009 – Winning Farms

Posted in coffee, coffee cupping, coffee roasting with tags , , , , on October 15, 2009 by Chad

The 2009 Bolivia Cup of Excellence competition completed October 9.  This competition was the next to last on the calendar for this year, with the Brazil competition to complete the season in November.  The international jury, led by Sherri Johns, awarded the Cup of Excellence to thirty lots, including seven lots achieving a CoE Presidential award for scoring higher than 90 points on the final day.  A fine showing for Bolivia, which in the words of a good friend, are “a food group all their own.”

The winning farm listing can also be found on the Cup of Excellence site.

Lot Farm Farmer Score
1 Agrotakesi SA Mauricio Ramiro Diez de Medina 93.36
2 Café Sima del Jaguar A Braulio Luque Yana 92.05
3 Café Monterrey Valentin Choquehuanca Aduviri 91.62
4 Café Jacaranda Elias Choconapi Chino 91.38
5 Café Alan Coffe Luis Yujra Arismende 90.90
6 Café Central Luis Huayhua Chiji 90.71
7 Café Mondono Carmelo Mamani Titirico 90.17
8 Café Palmeiras 3 Mario Mamani Machaca 89.12
9 Café Origen Damian Huanca Flores 87.95
10 Café Gelen Ayda Titirico Hilari 87.52
11 Café COACS Ltda. Aurelio Eugenia Condori Mamani 86.62
12 Café Kantuta Rosendo Quispe Tintaya 86.33
13 Café Cooperativa San Ignacio II Anacleto Uluri Luque 86.26
14 Café Primavera II Agustina Machaca Quispe 86.12
15 Café Cooperativa San Ignacio V Juan Coaquira Mamani 85.81
16 Café Wara Wara III Lucila Isidora Quispe de Quispe 85.60
17 Café Frente a Illimani II Santusa Lucana de Mamani 85.57
18 Café Flor de Mayo Pedro Castro Conurana 85.24
19 Café Golondrina Celso David Mayta Quispe 85.24
20 Café Picaflor Valentina Flores de M. 85.21
21 Café Alto Asuncion Eleuteria Villca Salvador 85.17
22 Café Rio Cumbre de la Selva Gabriel Chura Uluri 85.14
23 Café Primavera Victor Quispe Mamani 85.00
24 Café Oro Teodocia Castro Conurana 84.95
25 Café El Sombral Damian W. Condori Poma 84.81
26 Café Rudi Franklin Cahuapaza Ticona 84.69
27 Café Flor de Mayo I Felipe Sacaca Diaz 84.60
28 Café Sofia Sofia Quisbert Castillo 84.33
29 Café Flor Rosa Martha Ojeda Mamani 84.33
30 Café Flor de B Sebastian Olori Huanca 84.21

In the Hand

Posted in coffee, coffee roasting with tags , , on October 11, 2009 by Chad

He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has. —Epictetus

In the world of home roasting coffee, the slippery slope lurks just down the road.  I write often of falling down the rabbit hole, where each new discovery merely opens the aperture up for that which has not yet been discovered.  The spark of interest is the lighter side of the desire (obsession) with coffee.  It’s the wonder of the child, looking at the world with fresh and curious eyes.

There’s a darker side–a shadow–of the wide-eyed child, looking to learn more.  There’s the desire for more, the envy of that which we do not have.  Whether it is a particularly exceptional lot of coffee, or a new roaster, a new grinder, a new espresso machine, this endless desire for that which we do not have can blind us to the joy sitting in our roaster right now.  The experience in the cup we have just made.

It’s impossible to not admire the next best thing–a new toy, the shiny new roaster, the skills to coax the perfect combination of flavors out of the bean.  But that admiration must be tempered. Tempered with the gratitude for what we do have, the appreciation for what we have.  A good friend of mine used to ask me this question frequently:

“Where are your hands?”

A simple concept to keep us in the now–a reminder that life happens right here, right now, right in our hands. So, Where are your hands?