COTY Winner: C.I. Racafe & CIA S.C.A., Colombia

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COTY Winner: C.I. Racafe & CIA S.C.A., Colombia

Postby Jim Saborio on Wed May 14, 2008 11:04 am

So, this coffee dethroned the Esmeralda in the Roaster's Guild Coffee of the Year competition a week ago. What's the deal with this coffee? Who's selling it? Aside from its terribly un-sexy name, why isn't anyone discussing it?

...aaannndd the Starbucks down the street just got a Clover
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Re: C.I. Racafe & CIA S.C.A., Colombia

Postby Tim O'Brien on Wed May 14, 2008 12:01 pm

I was asking over on the SCAA thread about the full results of COTY. We were visiting with one of the Petersons who lives here in Costa Rica over the weekend, and he was also curious about this Colombian coffee. Especially since they abstained from participating in Best of Panama, and the winner turned out to be a Colombian company that leased the farm right next to theirs.

Coincidence? Might be, but sured has piqued our curiosity!!

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Re: C.I. Racafe & CIA S.C.A., Colombia

Postby Tim Dominick on Wed May 14, 2008 2:30 pm

Thanks Tina!

The details on the farm, aside from knowing it came from Tolima, not much else. I cupped the coffee during the competition and we also managed to bring the remaining pound of roasted sample home with us. This is a quintessential very sweet, rounded and absolutely stunning. Cane sugar, gentle caramel oh so balanced and just about flawless. Cupping both the Esmeralda and CIRCIASCA tolima Colombian was a great experience. The Esmeralda came out at 90.5 for me, the body was just a little thin for me and thus the balance was a tad off. The Tolima Colombian came in at 94 in my book, their Huila was a solid 89 for me.

As for the Colombians who won in Panama, they produce a really interesting organic Moka varietal in Cauca, Colombia. Bizarre stuff, a challenge to roast, tiny lentil-sized beans with a genuine E. African cup profile.

Now that everything isn't blended together in Colombia and called "Supremo" we're starting to see amazing things.
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Re: C.I. Racafe & CIA S.C.A., Colombia

Postby Edwin Martinez on Wed May 14, 2008 4:37 pm

I think it is great timing for Price Rachel and Daniel to be facilitating their own private auction.
Thanks for posting results, wish I could have cupped these coffees, looks like a great selection.
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Re: C.I. Racafe & CIA S.C.A., Colombia

Postby Jeff Taylor on Wed May 14, 2008 5:12 pm

I cupped the 10 lots over the last two days and found some of them AMAZING - others - just above average. I'm looking forward to the auction and I suspect the Peaberry will get a huge price this year. Many haven't every tasted this coffee before and I suspect were blown away. I know I was.

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