2007 Costa Rica Cup of Excellence

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2007 Costa Rica Cup of Excellence

Postby Mark Prince on Thu Jun 21, 2007 10:46 am

Interesting results for the first CoE out of Costa Rica:

Costa Rica CoE Auction Results

Two years ago (or was it three now), a $21, $22 top coffee got massive press. Today? Maybe it will - who knows. I think it's huge news. Congrats to Mercanta and the others for their winning lots - can't wait to try some of these!

Mark, who's got over 85 coffee samples to plow through next week.
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Postby sarahdelilah on Thu Jun 21, 2007 12:18 pm

Ken from Barista Mag attended the Costa Rica CoE. His article about it will appear in the August/September issue. Though he attended as an observer, he was allowed to cup along with the judges and he said everyone was super excited by several of the coffees.
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Postby Steve on Fri Jun 22, 2007 1:42 am

Some great coffees in there, a strange auction when it comes to price, some real value which is not sometihng I like to see in this kind of comp.

I'm interested to hear others opinions.
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Postby Jim Schulman on Fri Jun 22, 2007 10:39 am

Steve wrote:Some great coffees in there, a strange auction when it comes to price, some real value which is not something I like to see in this kind of comp.

I'm interested to hear others opinions.


You guys had to bid a bit to get the Miel. I'm sorry I won;t get a chance to try it.
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Postby Tim Dominick on Fri Jun 22, 2007 3:34 pm

There were a few beautiful coffees in this auction. #3 the Helsar de Zarcero was a miel with a good portion of the mucilage removed so it was very subtle. Ricardo was going big with a 28 bag lot, at $4.65 per pound it isn't that much more than one would pay for his regular production. #16 was also from the Miramontes micro-mill and a very nice coffee that will make Sweet Maria's customers very happy, interestingly it was @.60 more than the #3.

#1 was head and shoulders above the rest during the last day of competition. Really punch you in the face jasmine, and a consensus favorite

Bigger lots... 28,25,36,27,32,39 bags, this has an impact on price as well, hard to get a buying group together and there are only a few larger outfits who can pay top dollar for a 39 bag lot.

All in all it is better than last year's Crop of Gold auction which saw some $1.50 coffees. That was really bad considering most Costa Rica SHB blenders will run near $2 a pound.
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Postby David Kastle on Fri Jun 22, 2007 4:44 pm

Tim - yes yes yes.

- some of the lot sizes were way too big (which was a problem with the Q auctions)

- cosecha de oro was always a troubled auction, so it is no wonder that the first Costa COE would be screwy

- you know how a certain percentage of roasters have no respect for Colombian coffees, partly because they feel forced to use them due to all the Juan Valdez promotion, and partly because a lot of Colos aren't very good? Well, the same attitude persists with Costas, and for the same reason quality-wise, and deservedly so. There are a lot of truly amazing Central & West Valley coffees, ditto Tarrazu and Tres Rios, but there is a lot of dull coffee there too, not to mention the more recent plantings in areas that should be planted with ferns or Dell factories instead.
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