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Project Origin Best of El Salvador crowns back-to-back winner

From the May 2017 issue.

Project Origin has celebrated the best of El Salvador coffee in its auction program, which took place from 24 to 30 April.

With a score of 89.6 Ever Leonel Díaz Pérez from Finca Milaydi in the Chalatenango region took top honours for his Washed Pacamara for the second year in a row.

Peaberry in Thailand won the online auction, buying Finca Milaydi’s coffee for US$10.40 per pound (about $14.10).

Finca Milaydi is located at approximately 1400 metres above sea level, located near the town of La Palma in the region of Chalatenango. The farm is protected by large hills, which form the border with Honduras.

“Up until last year [Ever] had not been recognised for his own coffee as he always sold to others producers in his local area. Sometimes they would combine his coffee with theirs to sell, or to send to competitions and win with these combined lots,” says Project Origin General Manager Habib Maarbani.

"We’re very stoked for him, also because he received $10.40 per pound for his coffee this year. Last year was $9.10 per pound, and prior to auctions he would typically sell for $2.50 per pound."

In Project Origin’s second year of hosting the event, a total of 94 entries were received from six of the seven growing regions.

The International Cupping Jury selected 16 coffees scoring 85+ from the National Cupping Round as the auction finalists. The top scoring coffees in the categories of Natural, Semi-washed/Honey and Washed were announced as Champions, and the highest scoring coffee, from Finca Milaydi, was awarded the Best of El Salvador Champion.

Project Origin is Ona Coffee’s ethical green bean trading company. By collaborating directly with coffee producers, it has the opportunity to empower local communities, improve quality of life and build production infrastructure, while sharing specialty coffees with the rest of the world.

Based on principles of honesty, transparency and fairness, the Best of Project Origin auctions focus on building strong relationships and connecting communities through quality coffee.

The auctions encourage buying and producing communities to actively engage with each other and create opportunities to develop long-lasting, sustainable business relationships.

For producers, Project Origin hosts workshops on best practice harvesting and processing methods, and how to cup coffee. Buyers can experience visits to farms and mills and enjoy talks about the country and its coffees.

The next auction program will be the Best of Honduras Late Harvest, taking place from 3 to 9 July.

For more information visit projectorigin.com.au

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