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Mexico’s COE return boasts six presidential awards and unfortunate theft

From the July 2017 issue.

On 6 July the Cup of Excellence (COE) competition returned to México, which saw record-breaking prices, and an unfortunate theft. 

Twenty-two COE lots were auctioned with an all-time high average price of US$11.06. Winning bidders hailed from Japan, the United States, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Australia, Holland and the United Kingdom.

A strong presence of importers were represented from the United States including Café Imports, Red Fox Coffee Merchants, and Royal Coffee. Roasters included Spyhouse Coffee Roasters, Temple Coffee, Campos Coffee and Proud Mary.

The top lot (split into two separate lots for the auction) from Rodolfo Jiménez López of El Equimite farm sold for a record high of US$100.49 and US$55.40 per pound. These lots were shared between Maruyama, Campos Coffee, Sarutahiko Coffee and Kyokuto Fadie Coffee.

Lots in this auction were cupped at least five separate times by the national and international juries.

“These results show us the quality of our coffees and the recognition demanded by the consumer for specialty,” says Professor Cruz José A. Miceli, the Executive Director from AMECAFÉ, the Government supported Mexican association which promotes coffee production.

This year six Presidential Awards were presented to coffees which scored 90 and above by an international jury of sensory experts. The winning farmer, Rodolfo Jiménez López produced a washed Pacamara, which scored an impressive 91.20 points from the region Veracruz.

“We were astonished with the cupping results of the auction. I commend the farmer’s attention to detail. We have heard from many buyers how difficult it has been to find coffee of this quality level. We can hardly wait to see what 2018 brings,” says Daniel, the Executive Director of the Alliance for Coffee Excellence.

Unfortunately, a container of eight winning lots from a delivery of COE coffees being transported from Oaxaca to Veracruz for milling were stolen prior to the 6 July auction.

The ACE said it was with a “heavy heart” that they announce the incident. The driver was ambushed on the road and forced from the truck. The driver was not hurt and walked to the nearest town to call police. Sadly, the lots stolen included COE Lot #5, #9, #11, #19, #20 and #26, #32 and #33 of the national winners, which scored 86 points and above.

As a result, the coffees which were stolen, were not included in the Mexico COE. However, the winning lots will remain listed on the ACE website to bring visibility to the winning farmers who produced those lots.

“ACE offers our condolences to the farmers whose coffee were taken. Interested buyers may reach out to the farmers whose lots were stolen to inquire about other coffees which may be available from the farmer although these coffees are not COE,” the ACE said in a statement.

The Alliance for Coffee Excellence is a non-profit global membership organisation dedicated to advancing excellence in coffee. Cup of Excellence a program, which gives out the most prestigious award in coffee, has affected thousands of farmers.

For more information visit www.allianceforcoffeeexcellence.org.

The next COE auctions will take place in Burundi on 14 September, Peru on 25 October, Colombia on 9 November, Brazil pulped naturals on 28 November and naturals on 7 December.

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