Cup Of Exellence

2021 Guatemala CoE sees the return of 10-time champion

El Injerto I farm from La Libertad, Huehuetenango, won first place at the Guatemala Cup Of Excellence (CoE) with a washed Geisha scoring 90.51 cupping points.

The Guatemalan National Coffee Association (Anacafé) and the CoE announced the winners at the virtual 2021 Guatemala Coe Awards ceremony on 22 June.

The competition saw 28 winning lots all scoring more than 87 points. These lots will participate in the Alliance for Coffee Excellence’s (ACE) auction on the 17 July. There were also 11 semifinalists who will partake in the National Winner auction held from 26 July to 6 August.

“We are so happy and proud of the award we have received; this is an award for all coffee producers in Guatemala and of course an award for our entire team and their hard work, from those who plant, pick and process to those who serve the coffee in the coffee shops,” says Paulina Aguirre, a representative from El Injerto I.

This marks the 11th CoE win and the 11th Presidential Award El Injerto I has received since 2006.

The El Socorro farm from Palencia placed second with 90.10 points, Rosma farm from San Pedro Nécta, Huehuetenango came third with 90.03 points, and forth place saw La Reforma y Anexos farm, from Cuilco, Huehuetenango scoring 90.01 points.

All four coffees were washed Geisha’s and scored more than 90, winning them each a Presidential Award.

The winning coffee varieties include: Java, Maragogype, Pacamara, SL-28, Bourbon, Dilla Algue, Gesha, Maracaturra, and Parainema.

The Guatemala CoE competition saw 175 samples entered, increasing 17 per cent from 2020 here 149 samples were submitted.

The first stage, Pre-Selection, saw 10 national judges qualify 83 coffees with the lowest score being 86 points. Next, at the National stage, the top 40 coffees were selected to be evaluated around the world at eight global coffee centres including Japan, South Korea, China, Norway, Australia, Germany, and the United States.

The awards ceremony was directed by Juan Luis Barrios, President of Anacafé, alongside José Tulio González Escamillam, Vice President of Anacafé, and Luisa Fernanda Correa, General Manager of Anacafé.

Darrin Daniel, Executive Director of the ACE and CoE attended remotely with Keita Matsumoto of Wataru. Wataru was one of the eight global coffee centres that cupped and evaluated the Guatemala CoE coffee.

Eduardo Ambrocio was head judge of the competition and and Jorge Liquidano of auditing firm Avance Servicios Corporativo was responsible for process traceability and result accuracy.

For more information on the competition results, please click here.

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