2008 Rwanda Cup of Excellence

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2008 Rwanda Cup of Excellence

Postby Alistair Durie on Thu Aug 21, 2008 11:03 pm

2008 will be the first year for the Cup of Excellence in Rwanda (and the first in Africa), the international jury starting this Monday the 24th.

Looks like an amazing line up of judges assembling there now: http://www.cupofexcellence.org/CountryP ... fault.aspx Looking forward to the stories and the results.
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Re: 2008 Rwanda Cup of Excellence

Postby ryan brown on Fri Aug 22, 2008 8:26 pm

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Re: 2008 Rwanda Cup of Excellence

Postby gabelucas on Sat Aug 23, 2008 5:03 am

this is so awesome tat Rwanda is part of this program!
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Re: 2008 Rwanda Cup of Excellence

Postby SL28ave on Sat Aug 23, 2008 6:37 pm

This is tremendous. Bravo to the work the past few years leading up to it. All eyes are on Rwanda.
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Re: 2008 Rwanda Cup of Excellence

Postby sweetmarias on Tue Aug 26, 2008 11:44 am

We finished the first round here. Two days, 31 the first day. 33 the second. It started with 205 samples submitted. Solid quality and only moderate amounts of the dreaded potato defect showing up. Roast levels were a little variable the first day bug muach better the second. Overall it is amazingly good considering the fact that generator backup has kicked in more than a few times. Vac packing should be online by auction time. One last thing. It's amazing to realize that most farms here have between 50 and 350 trees. Trees! The average is 150 trees to one farmer. Nowhere else is coffee tended to on a scale so small. Perhaps PNG. That's about it
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Re: 2008 Rwanda Cup of Excellence

Postby Aaron Ultimo on Wed Aug 27, 2008 10:30 am

I cannot WAIT to see some of these coffees hit state side. My only hope for the near future is that CCC flys in another lot like they did for the Golden Cup last year. Go Rwanda!
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Re: 2008 Rwanda Cup of Excellence

Postby SL28ave on Wed Aug 27, 2008 8:27 pm

Aaron Ultimo wrote: My only hope for the near future is that CCC flys in another lot like they did for the Golden Cup last year.


Thanks for the stimulus, Mr. Ultimo.

Kenyan SL28s seem at the pinnacle when it comes to physical durability of the beans; a large round bean with a thick-seeming waxy layer. The quality can endure relatively well. Yet if stored in jute, even the best, or perhaps especially the best, SL28s will lose some deliciousness before they hit stateside. This is no longer new news, and people are hoping/working for solutions for all specialty coffees. It's only in the last couple of years that Kenyan, Ethiopian and Rwandan coffees are starting to be packaged vacuumed. I believe that next year it will be CoE policy that *all* CoE coffees be shipped vacuumed or without oxygen.

I agree that flying the vacuumed coffee, assuming no loooong delays, will provide much assurance that the coffee will be of similar quality to what da judges are tasting now. However, the perishability or non-perishability of vacuumed coffee that is quickly shipped via boat from Africa has not been experienced enough, period, other than to say it's undoubtedly much better than jute. I am optimistic about quick boat shipments of coffee in the absence of oxygen (O2) as *the* solution for the foreseeable or near future. Air-freighting may be a more labor-intensive process for the roaster, and it may always be noticably more expensive.

I'm just tryin to say I feel more assurance than ever because these coffees are being vacuumed, and I welcome both plane and boat. Though, I am sad I didn't taste some of last year's flown CCC Karaba, because the airplane does hypothetically increase deliciousness's chances.
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Re: 2008 Rwanda Cup of Excellence

Postby Chris Kornman on Thu Aug 28, 2008 8:35 am

the airplane does hypothetically increase deliciousness's chances.


That being said, I've experienced some instances where a non-climate controlled storage space in airfreighted coffee has reduced it's perceived quality. Drastic changes in temperature over short periods of time seem to affect the longevity of the quality and initial landed cup score. It's still better than the alternative, I suppose. Maybe they could section off part of the cabin for the coffee, buy a seat for each bag or something...

I'm sure everyone's seen this already, but the current issue of Roast has a great article http://www.roastmagazine.com/backissues/julyaug2008/keepingitreal.html by Dr. R. Luke W. Harris and Andrew Miller (who did a great job explaining this at the guild retreat) about green coffee storage & water activity, which is far more eloquent than I could hope to be at addressing this concern.
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Re: 2008 Rwanda Cup of Excellence

Postby Tim Dominick on Thu Aug 28, 2008 11:13 am

Thanks for the update Tom. Sounds like you have more coffee plants in Oakland than some of these farmers. 75 plants allows a great opportunity for individual care for each plant. Really, the per plant yield and quality of harvest from such a small number of plants could be increased due to the ability to care on a plant-by-plant basis.

Alternative packaging and air freight are interesting topics, indeed there is much research to be done on the topic before we can really draw conclusions. While I enjoyed the articles and presentation at retreat, there seems to be a lot of speculative and incidental research on the topic. I know Luke and the Cafe Imports team are taking a more scientific approach as we move forward, however the current data sets are limited and in some cases proprietary.

I argree with Chris, there are some red flags associated with air freight, especially if we are talking about the cargo bay of a commercial flight. Radical temperature swings and pressure changes will undoubtedly stress cellular structure and freezing will occur.

Buying the coffee a seat on the plane is well and good for the well-heeled roasters among us, especially for publicity, but I have to wonder if you will get the frequent flier miles and can the coffee come into the red carpet lounge? Then, on a more serious note, I wonder what message it sends to a coffee farmer: I bought a $1,000 plane ticket for your coffee, probably more than your neighbor who didn't produce an award winning coffee will make off their 500 pounds of green coffee, but hey it was worth it...
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Re: 2008 Rwanda Cup of Excellence

Postby Aaron Ultimo on Fri Aug 29, 2008 6:14 am

Peter, it bums me out that we missed working with each other. :(
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Re: 2008 Rwanda Cup of Excellence

Postby sweetmarias on Sat Aug 30, 2008 12:55 am

Winners announced last night. 2 90+ lots. Top lot was a surprise, since that particular station didn't seem to enter many other lots in the competition. I am nto really sure of the name either: Paco Rurindo. I think it is from Gikenke in the north. Bufcafe entered tons of lots and won 4 spots in the auction. MIG also had 4 auction lots. I need to get the winning list from Paul Songer.
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Re: 2008 Rwanda Cup of Excellence

Postby sweetmarias on Sat Aug 30, 2008 3:21 am

I posted the top 10 on our weblog
http://www.sweetmarias.com/weblog/
and some picks on our flickr page too.

They announced no 1 and no 2 in reverse order at the awards. so my list is now correct.
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Re: 2008 Rwanda Cup of Excellence

Postby roger on Sat Aug 30, 2008 8:58 pm

Thanks for the updates. It is great to be able to follow along. Hopefully the those associated with gang activity in MN behaved while in Rwanda. :D One photo showed a person wearing RG "colors".

One of those soccer balls is going to have to find a home in Seattle.
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Re: 2008 Rwanda Cup of Excellence

Postby luca on Mon Sep 01, 2008 5:40 am

Any idea when CoE are going to put up the results and notes?
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Re: 2008 Rwanda Cup of Excellence

Postby Tim Dominick on Mon Sep 01, 2008 4:55 pm

luca wrote:Any idea when CoE are going to put up the results and notes?


Usually takes them about a week to ten days after the event to get the scores up and another two weeks after to plug in the comments. Seems like just about when the samples go out all the info is posted.
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Re: 2008 Rwanda Cup of Excellence

Postby SL28ave on Fri Sep 05, 2008 8:34 am

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Re: 2008 Rwanda Cup of Excellence

Postby luca on Sat Sep 06, 2008 6:45 am

Thanks, Peter - always quick on the uptake.

Nice to see that they put all of the farmers' names down.

Looks like the descriptors and lot sizes will be filled out progressively ... or will they?

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Re: 2008 Rwanda Cup of Excellence

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Re: 2008 Rwanda Cup of Excellence

Postby ryan brown on Thu Oct 09, 2008 4:47 pm

potato'd.
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Re: 2008 Rwanda Cup of Excellence

Postby IanClark on Tue Oct 14, 2008 1:12 pm

Ryan, you got potato in one of your samples?
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Re: 2008 Rwanda Cup of Excellence

Postby SL28ave on Sat Oct 18, 2008 8:33 am

ryan brown wrote:potato'd.

IanClark wrote:Ryan, you got potato in one of your samples?


I'm going to assume that's what happened. Though I haven't cupped the samples, one cup makes the most sense. Once potato'd, I guess it's hard to clarify one's post beyond one word.
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Re: 2008 Rwanda Cup of Excellence

Postby andynewbom on Sun Oct 19, 2008 4:20 pm

Every lot we cupped was excellent with no potato notes. I got celery in one which edged towards that potato but overall the Rwanda COE coffees are excellent. Very impressive first showing!

I am a little worried though with the lack of bidders we have found so far. Almost no one is confirmed bidding ona lot. It seems the economy is dashing optimism.
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Re: 2008 Rwanda Cup of Excellence

Postby andynewbom on Wed Oct 22, 2008 5:00 pm

anyone bidding tomorrow? group or otherwise?
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Re: 2008 Rwanda Cup of Excellence

Postby SL28ave on Fri Oct 24, 2008 8:11 pm

Is this Allegro's first CoE purchase?
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Re: 2008 Rwanda Cup of Excellence

Postby Mike Strumpf on Tue Oct 28, 2008 2:56 pm

It's our first purchase in a while, although we did buy some back in the early days of CoE. More often we support the competitions through being on the international jury.
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