The national jury in Bolivia has been whittling down the samples submitted. According to head judge, Sherri Johns, "the word spectacular came up - perfume, brilliant acidity, lush chocolate, juicy, clarity, jasmine, to name a few... there is a full range of possibilities here." Anticipation is high as judges from all over board planes for the long journey to La Paz.
From there, we travel down, down, down El Camino de la Muerte to Coroico for a week of cupping, meeting producers, serious recreation and most dangerous road biking. Wish us luck.
If you're intersted, here's a video that was produced at last year's competition in Boliva: decent documentary of the program, the jury and, most importantly, the farmers' stories.
How will it all play out this year?