The Cup of Excellence is the most prestigious competition for coffee producers. Thousands of samples are submitted and passed through multiple rounds of judging before an international jury of at least a dozen well-trained and vetted cuppers evaluate the final rounds. The international jury narrows the selections down to a final round of twenty for a live international auction. The level of scrutiny within this competition is unmatched as coffees within the top ten have been tasted at least 120 times before scores are released. Auctioning these winning lots generates substantially increased premiums paid for the coffees, with the bulk of that going directly to the producers. Placing in the final round of the COE can be a life-changing event for a coffee producer.
This year is the first time Spyhouse has entered the international auction and were able to claim two of our favorite selections from the final round. This lot was produced by Celia Leticia Sosa Cortés on her farm Finca El Paredon in Huitzilan de Serdán, Puebla. It is a honey-processed garnica variety that reminds us of bergamot citrus, shortbread cookies, and rich malbec wines.