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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

Guatemala Cup of Excellence 2009 – Winning Farms

Posted in coffee, coffee cupping, coffee roasting with tags , , , , , , on June 2, 2009 by Chad

The five week marathon of Central American coffee competitions came to a close this week with the finish of the 2009 Guatemala Cup of Excellence competition.   The jury awarded the Cup of Excellence to twenty-three lots, including a repeat #1 winner (El Injerto), and two lots achieving a CoE Presidential award for scoring higher than 90 points on the final day.

I’ve listed the winning lots below; the detailed listing should be available on the CoE site shortly.  Many thanks to Alistair Durie from Elysian Coffee in Vancouver for the regular blog updates and pictures from the event.  Thank you for taking the time to keep us onlookers informed.

Lot Farm Score
1 El Injerto I 91.98
2 Monte Cristo 90.58
3 Las Macadamias 89.33
4 Alotepeque (1964) 89.25
5 La Esperanza (1963) 89.25
6 Asuvim 89.05
7 Puerta Verde 88.40
8 La Providencia II 88.35
9 Carmona 88.28
10 El Socorro y Annexos 88.08
11 San Antonio de Esquipulas y Anexos 86.58
12 El Libano 85.83
13 Isnul 85.43
14 El Mirador 85.38
15 Santa Ana 85.25
16 Granja El Tempisque 85.18
17 Claima 85.15
18 El Volcan Raspado 85.10
19 San Julian 85.08
20 La Soledad y Anexos (1869) 84.95
21 Santa Clara y Anexos (1867) 84.95
22 Santa Delfina y Anexos 84.90
23 Florencia y Anexos 84.43

Roaster space upgrade – visual version

Posted in coffee roasting, home roasting with tags , , , , , , , , on March 10, 2009 by Chad

I posted a few days ago about upgrading and revamping my roaster space.   I managed to snap a few shots last night after coming home with a truck full of coffee.

Roaster, Datalogger, Computer

Notice the seismically rated electrical conduit.  I also got the tables arranged so that I could fit a decent computer (i.e., not one running Windows 98) in the space.  The not-quite-as-ancient laptop brings wireless for internet and filesharing, and it can manage to keep up the temperature display from the datalogger without as much lag.  The connection with the network shared files eliminates my whateverittakes (TM) file transfer system from the old computer.  The whateverittakes (TM) systems uses as a file transfer medium the only storage device I could get to work with this antiquated laptop–my old digital camera.

Here’s a broader view of the new setup, looking to the back of the garage–you can see both new circuits (the kill-a-watt is on the left outlet).  Plenty of space and plenty of power.

Roaster space, wider angle

No photo op of a home roaster space would be complete without the obligatory stash shot.

The stash

Green Coffee Pickup

One of the perks of my new vehicle is that its large enough to haul a full pallet of coffee from freight terminals, which saves residential delivery and lift gate fees and additional mileage costs.  The only downside is additional bag wrestling, but I was thinking–this would be a great training exercise for folks planning to enter strongman competitions.  Heavy, bulky, with shifting weight as the beans move.  Of course, it’s a bit more expensive than a large sandbag…

Here’s a view of my latest order waiting patiently to be unloaded, 8 bags total, including Ethiopia Natural Yirgacheffe, Yemen Hufashi, Peru FTO, Mexico Coatepec, and Guatemala Decaf.  The smell of fresh green coffee permeated the truck on the way home.

Coffee via Expedition

Most of this coffee will be headed off to fellow home roasters over the next few days, so I’ll be busy bagging, boxing and shipping, roasting all the while.  What a great way to live.  Happy roasting, everyone!