Thought I'd resurrect this category out of dormancy. Although I'm pretty aware and sensitive to criticisms of the program, it's hard for me not to be excited about its potential now that I'm directly involved.
Here's the international-juried competition schedule for CoE's 10th year:
March 9-13 - Colombia [auction, April 23]
April 27-May 1 - El Salvador [auction, June 4]
May 4-8 - Costa Rica [auction, June 1]
May 11-15 - Honduras [auction, June 23]
May 18-22 - Nicaragua [auction, July 2]
May 27-June 1 - Guatemala [auction, July 8]
August 24-28 - Rwanda [auction, October 22]
October 5-9 - Bolivia [auction, November 19]
November 9-13 - Brazil [auction, January 19, 2010]
Colombia's pre-screening is complete, the national jury cups next week and a team of esteemed international cuppers will convene on Pereira in a couple weeks.
The competition in Nicaragua will be CoE's 50th milestone event: all-star jury, fanfare, the works.
I'm happy to talk about CoE here or in private emails. And I hope to share the excitement as each country's competition and auction unfolds.
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