No 30

First “Colombia, Land of Diversity” Competition Will Recognize the Country’s Best Coffees

June, 2016

EDITORIAL

First “Colombia, Land of Diversity” Competition Will Recognize the Country’s Best Coffees

The awarding ceremony and auction will take place in Bogota from October 5 to 8, within the framework of the International Specialty Coffee Expo, ExpoEspeciales Café de Colombia 2016.

As part of its strategy to promote and highlight production of highest-quality coffees, the Colombian Coffee Growers Federation (FNC) will organize this year the first edition of the “Colombia, Land of Diversity” competition.

This first national quality contest will bring together the best coffees from the year’s first-half crop, and a panel of national and international cup tasters will be in charge of judging.

The awarding ceremony and auction will take place in Bogota from October 5 to 8, within the framework of the International Specialty Coffee Expo, ExpoEspeciales Café de Colombia 2016.

As part of the FNC’s strategies of quality, differentiation and added-value for the entire coffee chain, and taking advantage of its know-how, this first competition seeks to highlight the great diversity of flavors of Colombian coffees, draw domestic and international attention to exceptional coffees and concentrate regional and departmental initiatives into one single national competition.

It also seeks to improve Colombian coffee farmers’ income and encourage Café de Colombia’s major customers, including the 100% Program members, to evaluate, score and purchase the finalist coffees in each category.

Which coffees will be recognized?

Not only Colombian coffee farmers will have the opportunity to take part, but demanding clients from around the world, including 100% Program members, who may attend the auction of winning coffees in October, within the framework of ExpoEspeciales Café de Colombia.

Participation is open to Colombian coffee growers or those owning coffee farms in Colombia in two main categories: Small and Large Lots.

In the Small Lots category (between 500 kg and 2,000 kg), only one coffee per farm or producer will be able to participate. Single coffees with the following best sensory attributes will receive an economic recognition.

  • Acidity
  • Body
  • Mildness
  • Balance
  • Exoticness

In the Large Lots category (between 25,000 kg and 27,500 kg), only one coffee per producer or producer association will be able to take part. There will be a single economic recognition for the best estate coffee.

Participating lots will be received from June 1 to August 15, 2016.

Best Coffees Will Take Part in International Auction

In addition to the economic recognition to be awarded to the winners of each attribute, the top five lots in each category (a total of 30 coffees) will take part in an international auction within the framework of ExpoEspeciales 2016.

The base price will be US$ 5 per pound for small lots and US$ 2 per pound for large lots.

The winners of each category will also be entitled to participate in next year’s competition. They will directly qualify for the international jury round, provided that their coffees meet the required quality standards.

We invite members of the 100% Program to join this innovative initiative by Café de Colombia, as coffee competitions help committed-to-quality producers climb the value chain and improve their living conditions.

 


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