As promised in the last post, here are the winners of the Rainforest Alliance Cupping for Quality awards from the April 2011 cuppings, which covers countries in Latin America, Ethiopia, and India. The award is designed to recognize exceptional coffees carrying the Rainforest Alliance seal and to highlight the linkage between sustainable farm management practices and cup quality.
In the April cupping, 76 coffees from 10 origins competed. Aside from the origins of the top ten winners noted below, the other competing countries were Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and the Dominican Republic.
- Aguadas Rainforest Group (Alegrias, El Diamante, Villahermosa), Colombia (89.00). Located in the Andean rainforest in northern Colombia, the group has over 1800 ha under certification, at 2100 m.
- Sidama Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union, Ethiopia (86.79). Also Fair Trade.
- El Diviso, Colombia (86.46). Near Timaná, Huila at 1550 to 1700 m.
- COMICAOL, Honduras (86.07). A cooperative out of El Paraíso, growing at 900 tp 1500 m.
- Santa Teresa, El Salvador (85.71). A rather well known estate located in the Apaneca-Ilamatepec region, near Ahuachapan, part of the Cofinanzas Estates. Also produces Smithsonian Bird-Friendly certified coffee from its certified organic crop.
- Jumboor Estate, Tata Coffee Ltd., India (85.50). Tata is a very large company running multiple farms. Jumboor is in northern Coorg (which is in southern India), growing S795 (which has Kents variety in its background) and HDT x catuai on 370 ha at 915 m.
- Finca Kassandra, Mexico (85.46). In central Veracruz, at 1200 to 1500 m.
- El Guayabito, Catalina, Los Naranjos, San Antonio, Colombia (85.36).
- Finca el Zapote, Guatemala (85.35).
- ADESC, Guatemala (85.29).
Congratulations to all the participating certified farms.