Coffee Washing Station Rubagabaga wins Burundi Cup of Excellence

The Burundi Cup of Excellence (COE) international jury has awarded seven Presidential Awards to coffees scoring 90 points, the most scored in COE history. The Presidential-awarded lots, will be sold as two split lots during the auction on 2 October.  Greenco-owned Coffee Washing Station Rubagabaga won first place with a score of 91.43 for a coffee from the Kayanza region. Coffee Washing Station Munkaze Coffee, owned by Buja Coffee, placed second with 91.14 points.   Washing stations from all over Burundi submitted 331 coffee samples, which narrowed down to 29 coffees from five different provinces for the judging on 2 August in Bujumbura.  The judging panel represented markets from United States, South Korea, United Kingdom, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Norway, Russia, Australia and Burundi.  
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Costa Rican Gesha breaks COE record at US$300 per pound

The 2018 Costa Rican Cup of Excellence (COE) auction has made history.  Producer Luis Ricardo Calderon Madrigal has received the highest price ever paid for a COE coffee at US$300.09 per pound. Luis of Dan Cayito farm entered just one sample in the 2018 COE competition and placed first with a score of 91.29 points for his honey Gesha coffee. 
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ACE changes México COE auction date

The 2018 México Cup of Excellence (COE) auction has been postponed due to delayed shipping of some sample sets too close to the original auction date. To give all bidders a fair chance, the Alliance for Coffee Excellence has updated the auction to the following dates:
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ACE moves COE award winning coffees as Nicaragua violence escalates

The Alliance for Coffee Excellence (ACE) has made the decision to immediately export the 2018 Nicaraguan Cup of Excellence (COE) award winning coffees to California following political instability in Nicaragua. The emergency call was made after Nicaraguan authorities killed a number of protesting students in Managua, the week after the 2018 Nicaraguan COE took place in Matagalpa on 18 April. 
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