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Guatemala 2010 Cup of Excellence – Winning Farms

Posted in coffee, coffee cupping, coffee roasting with tags , , , , , , , , on May 29, 2010 by Chad

Another surprise winner in the 2010 Guatemala Cup of Excellence–El Injertal!  Ok, it’s not a surprise.  That makes it three straight for the Pacamara from El Injertal, and four of the last five for the farm overall.  In addition, it was the only lot to be given the CoE Presidental award for scoring over 90 points.

We’re happy to report that two of the international jury members have graced us with their collaboration on CoE or other direct coffee buying, Mary Tellie from Electric City Roasting Company, and Colleen Anunu from Gimme! Coffee.

Farm name Location Score
1 El Injerto I La Libertad, Huehuetenango 90.09
2 Las Macadamias La Libertad, Huehuetenango 89.8
2 Rosma San Pedro Necta, Huehuetenango 89.8
4 Santa Ana Pueblo Nuevo Viñas, Santa Rosa 89.73
5 La Folie Jocotenango, Sacatepéquez 88.95
6 Idolia Pueblo Nuevo Viñas, Santa Rosa 88.64
7 El Tambor Palencia, Guatemala 88
8 Chalabal Acatenango, Chimaltenango 87.98
9 San Julián Palencia, Guatemala 87.93
10 Los Cuixnales y Anexos Ciudad Vieja, Sacatepéquez 87.91
11 La Pia Palencia, Guatemala 86.38
12 Capetillo y Anexos Alotenango, Sacatepéquez 86.33
13 La Merced San Martín Jilotepeque, Chimaltenango 86.24
14 San Guayaba Palencia, Guatemala 86.17
15 Manila y Anexos Nuevo Progreso, San Marcos 86.12
16 La Bendición Yepocapa, Chimaltenango 86.05
17 La Felicidad Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepéquez 85.93
18 Santa Clara y Anexos Pastores, Sacatepéquez 85.86
19 ASUVIM Santa Clara La Laguna, Sololá 85.74
20 Las Nubes y Anexos San Miguel Dueñas, Sacatepéquez 85.67
21 San José El Yalú Sumpango, Sacatepéquez 85.55
22 Carmona Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepéquez 85.4
23 La Pampa Acatenango, Chimaltenango 85.05
24 Granja El Tempixque San Miguel Dueñas, Sacatepéquez 85
25 Santa Isabel y Anexos Pueblo Nuevo Viñas, Santa Rosa 84.98
26 San Jorge Palencia, Guatemala 84.86
27 La Soledad Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepéquez 84.52
28 Miraflores Fraijanes, Guatemala 84.14

Persistance Pays

Posted in coffee, coffee roasting, home roasting with tags , , , , , , , on November 15, 2009 by Chad

The heights by great men reached and kept
Were not attained by sudden flight,
But they, while their companions slept,
Were toiling upward in the night.

-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

A few months ago, I decided to take the plunge and host a pre-auction cupping of El Salvador 2009 Cup of Excellence samples. I was hoping to become part of a buying group for the auction that followed.  The auction came and went, and maddeningly, many of us were not able to pull a group together, despite the relatively low prices for this auction (many lots priced in the $3-$4/lb. range).

Prior to the auction, I had contacted the Colleen Anunu, Director of Coffee at  gimme! coffee, a small artisan roastery serving retail, wholesale, and web customers out of NY state. We discussed possible collaboration on Cup of Excellence buying, and agreed to compare notes on the El Salvador lots.

The auction opened, and, like the Colombia auction, I could not get together a group.   Here’s a quote from one of the many emails I sent after the auction:

There I was cobbling together folks, working on getting importing support, and BAM–auction closed. I should have done what I wanted to do and just bid on a lot and let the chips fall.

Pricing for the lot I most wanted, the #19 Altamira I, ended at $3.10.

Crushed.  It mattered not that I didn’t have the cash on had for the whole lot, or that I’d only bought my first bag of coffee little more than a year ago, or that my entire customer base is a small group of home coffee roaster spread thinly around the country.  Failure does not cup well.

Fortunately, I’ve been cursed blessed with modicum of stubbornness, so I started checking the listings for the winning bidders on each lot. Lot #19 Winning bidder….T.A.N. Coffee!  I had contacted Lay Yong Tan from TAN Coffee back in April, during the Colombia auction.  I got him on the third ring, offered my congratulations on his winning bids (he won the #21 and #25 lots as well), and asked the question du joir:  Would he be willing to sell any of the Altamira?

The answer?

altamira

(photo credit: gimme! Coffee)

Nearly five months after the auction, I purchased almost half the lot of Altamira I from TAN Coffee, and immediately sent ten 34.5 kg boxes to gimme! coffee.  Less than a week later, five boxes arrived here at No Quarter Coffee, accompanied by boxes of the #21 El Salvador, La Trinidad,  and the #27 Colombia lot, La Esperanza.  The first glimpse of the coffee housed at the freight terminal brought a smile to my face that remained for days.