From the website: "The Cup of Excellence is the most esteemed award given out for top coffees. These awards come from a strict competition that selects the very best coffee produced in that country for that particular year. These winning coffees are chosen by a select group of national and international cuppers and are cupped at least five different times during the competition process. Only coffees that continuously score high enough are allowed to move forward in the competition. The final winners are awarded the prestigious Cup of Excellence® and sold to the highest bidder during an internet auction."
Currently the CoE event is held in 9 countries: Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Colombia, Bolivia, Brazil, and for the first time this year: Rwanda.
Official Cup of Excellence website: http://www.cupofexcellence.org
Coffeegeek.com article: http://www.coffeegeek.com/opinions/prof ... 08-18-2006