Coffee awards and competitions

Results of the spring 2013 Cupping for Quality competition for Rainforest Alliance certified coffees, highlighting the linkage between sustainable farm management practices and cup quality.

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Revised on June 12, 2014

Results of the December 2012 Rainforest Alliance Cupping for Quality competition.

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Revised on July 3, 2014

Winners of the April 2012 competition covering Latin America, India, and Ethiopia.

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Revised on March 22, 2014

The Rainforest Alliance Cupping for Quality award is designed to recognize exceptional coffees carrying the Rainforest Alliance seal and to highlight the linkage between sustainable farm management practices and cup […]

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Revised on June 12, 2014

Support Cup of Excellence

by on November 2, 2011

What was to become the Cup of Excellence program began over a decade ago in Brazil. The goal was to recognize the efforts of individual farmers who were producing outstanding […]

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Revised on December 28, 2013

Each year since 2004, the Sustainability Committee of the SCAA has given out a sustainability award, presented at their annual event. The award is open to individuals, businesses, and organizations […]

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Revised on March 23, 2014

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, […]

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Revised on March 21, 2014

The Rainforest Alliance Cupping for Quality award breakfast at the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) annual trade show is always the first function we attend each year at this […]

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Revised on January 15, 2014

For the past several years, I’ve covered the Rainforest Alliance (RA) Cupping for Quality awards, a competition for RA-certified farms. In its first year, 2003, eight countries submitted 40 coffees […]

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Revised on March 23, 2014

Winners of the 2011 competition, with an emphasis on sustainability.

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Revised on March 23, 2014

The first Coffee Conservation award winner from featured country El Salvador was recently announced: El Porvenir, from Usulután department in the eastern part of the country.

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Revised on February 8, 2013

SCAA Coffee of the Year

by on April 21, 2010

Let’s take a look at the winners of the annual Coffee of the Year competition for single origin coffees, announced at the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) event. There were around 140 coffees competing this year. This year the…

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Revised on March 21, 2014

The Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) has awarded its 2010 Sustainability Award to Coffee Lifeline. This project uses the wind-up, solar-powered Lifeline radios of the Freeplay Foundation to provide vital information on agronomy, timely market conditions, weather bulletins, technical…

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Revised on March 23, 2014

The first set of 2010 winners of the Cupping for Quality competition, featuring Rainforest Alliance-certified coffees, was just announced at the annual Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) meeting. RA now certifies 2% of world coffee exports. This year, there…

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Revised on March 23, 2014

A new award for coffee farmers is being initiated by Cooper Ecological Monitoring, Roast Magazine, and Birder’s Exchange (a program of the American Birding Association). The Coffee Conservation Award will be presented annually to recognize farms making a significant contribution…

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Revised on February 8, 2013