We are delighted to report that July’s Invitational Cupping Day was a great success. The aim was to showcase our new crop Central Americans, as well as to see how some existing lots from our inventory are holding up. We also couldn’t pass up the chance to taste some of our most recent African coffees as part of the finale.
We welcomed several of our UK customers to our cupping lab in London and were also lucky enough to be joined by Nadya and Polina from Coffee Mania in Moscow. Thank you to all who attended for taking part in this superb day.
We cupped a total of three tables, and 36 coffees. Our first table was made up of new crop coffees from Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. The stand out coffees on this table included, unsurprisingly, the Cup of Excellence representative, El Salvador COE 2010 Lot 26 Santa Barbara, as well as Finca La Candelilla 100% Geisha from Costa Rica and Finca La Fany 100% Red Bourbon from El Salvador. Interesting for all was an excellent newcomer, Honduras Finca El Chino, which will be available later in the year.
Table two covered a wider spread of origins – the Brazilians, along with Colombia, India, Nicaragua, the Dom Rep and our Decafs from Brazil and Ethiopia. The stars of this table were the Colombian Finca El Tambo (Nariño); Costa Rica Cafetalera Zamorana washed; Nicaragua El Quetzal Estate washed; India Bibi Plantation PB; and, from Brazil, Fazenda Terra Nova washed and Fazenda Santa Barbara pulped natural. The Ethiopian Sidamo Decafexcited a lot of interest from the group, noting that the coffee’s brightness had carried remarkably well through the decaf process.
Finally we cupped some fine Kenyans alongside coffees from Ethiopia, Costa Rica, El Salvador and Guatemala. The stand outs on this table included: Kenya Mataro AA; Kenya Mbee AA; Kenya Gethumbwini AA and PB; Ethiopia Sidamo; and El Salvador El Retiro 100% Red Bourbon. This was a interesting table to finish on and we were pleased to see that not only were the Kenyans cupping very well, but that the El Salvador, Guatemala and Ethiopia coffees held their own alongside them.
Below are the summarised cupping notes from the day. If you have any questions about availability of these coffees please get in touch and we will happy to help.
We look forward to our next event..