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Sensory Educational Training (SET) Virtual Calibration August 2021 Led by CCR President


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Sensory Education Training (SET) VC is a global calibration event that will be led by Cup of Excellence (CoE) Head Judge Scott Conary in August 2021. Students around the globe will cup and score coffee sourced from award winning CoE farmers and

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renowned green-coffee importers. This unique event will allow students to evaluate their cupping scores in comparison with those of a global community of coffee professionals.

Schedule based on New York Time (UTC–4)

August 6th, 10a.m. and 5p.m.: Welcome/Presentation.
August 20th: Scores due for submission.
August 27th, 10a.m. and 5p.m.: Presentation of results, plus question-and-answer session

For more info go to https://cupofexcellence.org/sensory-education-training-virtual-calibration-august-2021/

Course Details:

Prior to the event start date, SET VC students will receive a box containing roasted samples for three cuppings,  CoE score sheets, an official CoE cupping spoon, and other goodies from our sponsors. On August 6th, SET VC will kick off with a special presentation by Head Judge Scott Conary. Scott will teach students how to cup and score using the CoE score sheet, and explain what makes CoE award-winning coffees so special. At this time, students will learn how to set up the event cuppings in the comfort of their homes or cupping labs.

In August, students should cup the coffees mailed to them, score the coffees, and return their completed score sheets to the event coordinators.

During these 10 days, students will have access to special video sessions lead by CoE staff along with Scott himself, and have the opportunity to have their questions answered. Students may also communicate directly with their fellow participants via this event’s What’sApp group.

After submitting their score sheets, students will receive individualized evaluations of their work and reports compiled by Scott. These reports will be based off the same data CoE uses to select cuppers for their National Juries. The report will provide insight regarding students’ cupping skills and their assessments of the coffees that were evaluated.

On August 27th, students will join Scott for a virtual presentation of the data collected from all participants, and will answer questions about the coffees’ attributes, the cupping data, and more.

Participation in the SET VC session will give students the following opportunities:

  • Learn how to cup and score coffee using the CoE score sheet
  • Cup and score award-winning and unique coffee
  • Compare cupping scores within a global coffee community
  • Gain understanding into what high-scoring specialty coffee is
  • Develop and further their own cupper confidence and accuracy

What’s included in the class fee:

  • 2 instructional webinars
  • Office hour access
  • Coffee kit
  • Access to class WhatsApp group
  • Certificate upon completion of class


CCR Supports the 5th Year Anniversary of Bulldega in Durham!


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We are so excited to support the 5 year anniversary of Bulldega Urban Market by sharing our personally sourced Farmer Direct Relationship coffees at @bulldegadurham this Saturday (May 8th) from 12pm – 2pm.

There will be a little something for everyone with some unique options and we will be hand brewing both hot and iced coffee ☕


15 Lots of Coffee to be Sold in Los Favoritos Auction on May18th


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The Alliance for Coffee Excellence (ACE) and Nicaragua Producers Fincas Mierisch have announced  1 5 lots to be auctioned in their upcoming competition of this well known coffee producers’ finest offerings, called Los Favoritos.

“It was an honor to lead the Cupping teams around the world to sample these unique coffees from these innovative producers,” Scott Conary, the head judge of the competition and owner of North Carolina’s Carrboro Coffee Roasters, said. “I was impressed overall with the consistency of the cupping experiences, both in terms of temperature changes through a single cupping, and comparing separate cuppings. This kind of consistency is a testament to the quality of these coffees, which also showed up when different judges from around the world described their experiences similarly! These top coffees sampled for the auction would impress anyone with their uniqueness, clarity and their sweet, well-structured character”

All the winning lots will be heading to an auction taking place online on May 18th.  ACE is currently selling sample sets of the coffees for $350, and auction registrations for $25.

15 Winning Lots for the May 18th Auction:

The winners, 11 of which scored 88 points or above, represent six farms and five processes.

The first-place winning coffee, an Anaerobic Low Temperature processed Ethiosar from Los Placeres Farm, earned the competition’s only 90+ score with 90.30 points.

Overview:

> 15 Winning Lots

> 6 Farms

> 2 Rainforest Alliance Certified coffees, including the 1st place Ethiosar variety

> 5 Processes: Honey, Anaerobic Honey, Natural, Natural Anaerobic Low Temperature & Washed

> 3 Varieties

 

The quality competition and auction program is part of ACE’s ongoing Private Collection series, which launched in 2019 and features partnerships with origin-specific green coffee producers focused on quality focused production. While these small auctions are separate from the ACE long-running Cup of Excellence competition and auctions, both have the goal of supporting farms and farmers who work to create & increase quality in the industry as well as celebrating innovation and connecting farmers to buyers.

“The Ethiosar taking the highest score was definitely a pleasant surprise! We never would have expected that, and for it to have been processed using one of our new controlled fermentation techniques is equally fulfilling. This is the first time we’ve included this variety in any sort of auction, and it’s quite a rare variety to see in these types of circuits,” said Fincas Mierisch General Manager and Cup of Excellence Head Judge, Eleane Mierisch.

The Ethiosar variety – also represented in the 6th place winner – is a hybrid of the Ethiopian varietal Rume Sudan and Sarchimor, whose offspring is then re-crossed with a Villa Sarchi.

These coffees are lovingly cared for by the Mierisch family, Nicaraguan coffee producers since 1908; with farms perched in the beautiful mountains of Matagalpa and Jinotega. Their private auction ‘Los Favoritos’ was born in 2013 as an initiative to show the world the exquisiteness and allure of the coffees produced by them.

Characterized by cultivating different varieties and experimenting with distinct post-harvest processes, the lots are chosen from the cream of the crop of the family ‘s eight farms. “Quality is not a coincidence. Quality is hard work that is built every day. We are a generation that is passionate about coffee and our mission is always focused on continuous improvement, innovation, and sustainability“, says Eleane Mierisch, who is leading this project along with her family.

 

Wine Yeasts Abound Among Hawaiian-Grown ACE/Isla Auction Coffees


Featured Coffee by Producer-Partner Edith Meza Sagarvinaga from Finca Tasta, Peru


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Meet Edith Meza Sagarvinaga, the farmer behind our current featured coffee, Finca Tasta Honey Caturra, Lactic Fermentation, from her farm in Llaylla-Satipo, Peru.  She’s the face you see looking back at you on every bag of her coffee.

Edith has been a part of Carrboro Coffee Roasters’ Farmer Direct Relationship Program for many years now, officially coming aboard in 2015.
CCR President Scott Conary first met Edith in 2013 when she volunteered to judge the Peru National Barista Championships, where Scott also acted as Head Judge. It was at this event that Edith shared her coffee with Scott, her first harvest of a natural process coffee from her farm, which she had recently inherited from her mother. This coffee was incredible – clean and sweet with notes of fresh tropical fruit. At this time just the idea of a natural process coffee in Peru was considered impossible but here was Edith with an incredible natural process coffee.
At this time she had not produced much of this coffee and had already sold what little she had but Scott continued to visit Peru each year and continued working with Edith. She continued to grow her natural process harvest and finally in 2015 had enough of her harvest to share with CCR. From there CCR and Edith continued to support each other and find ways to continue to both develop the farm and experiment with new varietals and processes. The fruits of which we are now sharing with you as our featured coffee!
We are inspired by Edith’s determination to accomplish something that everyone said was impossible as well as by her excitement and enjoyment for creating and developing. Over the years CCR has worked together with Edith and her brother Ivan to support variations and experimentation’s in farming/cultivation, increasing the varietals types and processing potential. Just one of many reasons we love serving CCR coffee!

When you purchase this coffee you are setting yourself up to enjoy a truly incredible coffee and you are directly helping to support Edith, her farm and her family.


CCR Coffee News for April


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Check out the Coffee News this April at CCR!

Click the link below to get details about our  Featured Coffee From producer Edith Meza in Peru, our support of the WUNC radio Spring Fund Drive, along with our efforts to improve quality & the coffee industry worldwide; plus so much more!

April CCR Newsletter


CCR President Instructs ACE Virtual Cupping Calibration Program


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Sensory Education Training  (SET) Virtual Calibration (VC) is a global calibration course led by Cup of Excellence (CoE) Head Judge Scott Conary. Students around the globe will cup and score coffee sourced from award winning CoE farmers.

This unique educational experience will allow students to learn & practice cupping standards, & calibrate their cupping scores with the global community of coffee professionals.

Course Schedule

May 7th – Introduction Session
May 17th – Coffee Scores Due to Head Judge
May 21st – Head Judge Results Report Emailed to Students.
May 22nd – Presentation of Results/Report

Detailed info & registration can be found Here


Before the event :

SET VC students will receive a box containing roasted samples for three cuppings, sample placement, instructions, CoE score sheets, an official CoE cupping spoon, and other goodies from our sponsors. The Program will kick off with a special presentation where Scott will instruct students how to cup and score using the CoE score sheet, and explain exactly what makes CoE award-winning coffees so special.

Students will have 10 days to cup & score the coffees, and then return their filled-out score sheets to the course coordinators.

During the cupping days students will be able to sign into special video sessions led by CoE staff and Scott to have any questions answered. as well as a WhatsApp group to ask questions and meet fellow participants.

After the cupping, students will receive a special report compiled by Scott that is based on the same format CoE uses to select cuppers for their National Juries around the world. This report will provide insight into students’ cupping skill and as well as the coffees that were evaluated. On the final day, Scott will give a presentation explaining the data and take questions about the coffees and the cupping data.

Participants will: 

  • Learn how to cup and score coffee using the CoE score sheet
  • Cup and score award winning and unique coffee
  • Compare their cupping scores to the global coffee community
  • Gain understanding into what exactly high scoring specialty coffee is
  • Gain insight into their own cupper confidence and accuracy

What’s included: 

  • 2 instructional webinars
  • Office hour access
  • Coffee kit (see below)
  • Access to class WhatsApp group
  • Certificate upon completion of class

Kit includes:

  • Roasted coffee for 3 cuppings, 24 coffee samples total
  • Brewer from Origami
  • CoE Quality Coffee Pocket Guide
  • Brewler from Kruve
  • Limited edition Cup of Excellence engraved W.Wright cupping spoon
  • Cup of Excellence cupping form
  • Free shipping

CCR President Oversees Nicaragua Private Coffee Collection Auction – Los Favoritos


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The Alliance for Coffee Excellence (ACE) and Nicaragua Producers Fincas Mierisch have announced 21 lots to be reviewed in their recent competition of this well known coffee producers’ finest offerings, called Los Favoritos.

“I am excited to lead the Cupping teams around the world to sample unique coffees from these innovative producers,” Scott Conary, the head judge of the competition and owner of North Carolina’s Carrboro Coffee Roasters, said. “I have been fortunate to experience first hand over the years the results of all the hard work the Mierisch family has put into their harvests, starting in 2012 while on a COE jury.  The cupping teams are in for some exciting flavor profiles, and will decide which coffees make it to the auction.”

The quality competition and auction program is part of ACE’s ongoing Private Collection series, which launched in 2019 and features partnerships with origin-specific green coffee producers focused on quality focused production. While these small auctions are separate from the ACE long-running Cup of Excellence competition and auctions, both have the goal of supporting farms and farmers who work to create & increase quality in the industry as well as celebrating innovation and connecting farmers to buyers.

All the winning lots will be heading to an auction taking place online on May 18th.  ACE is currently selling sample sets of the coffees for $350, and auction registrations for $25.

These coffees are lovingly cared for by the Mierisch family, Nicaraguan coffee producers since 1908; with farms perched in the beautiful mountains of Matagalpa and Jinotega. Their private auction ‘Los Favoritos’ was born in 2013 as an initiative to show the world the exquisiteness and allure of the coffees produced by them.

Characterized by cultivating different varieties and experimenting with distinct post-harvest processes, the lots are chosen from the cream of the crop of the family ‘s eight farms. “Quality is not a coincidence. Quality is hard work that is built every day. We are a generation that is passionate about coffee and our mission is always focused on continuous improvement, innovation, and sustainability“, says Eleane Mierisch, who is leading this project along with her family.

Wine Yeasts Abound Among Hawaiian-Grown ACE/Isla Auction Coffees



CCR President Oversees Hawaii Coffee Private Collection Auction


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The Alliance for Coffee Excellence (ACE) and Hawaiian green coffee company Isla Custom Coffees have announced 16 winning lots in a recent competition of Hawaiian coffees.

“I was able to cup these coffees multiple times, and each time I had my eyes opened for what was possible in Hawaiian coffee,” Scott Conary, the head judge of the competition and owner of North Carolina’s Carrboro Coffee Roasters, said. “These unique process coffees exceeded my past experience of Hawaiian coffee and will delight your senses and change your mind for what you thought was possible on the Isles.”

The quality competition and auction program is part of ACE’s ongoing Private Collection series, which launched in 2019 and features partnerships with origin-specific green coffee producers focused on quality focused production. While these small auctions are separate from the ACE long-running Cup of Excellence competition and auctions, both have the goal of supporting farms and farmers who work to create & increase quality in the industry as well as celebrating innovation and connecting farmers to buyers.

Three-quarters of the winners, with scores ranging from 85  to 88,  involved controlled yeast fermentation in the processing phase.

All the winning lots will be heading to an auction taking place online on Thursday, March 25.  ACE is currently selling sample sets of the coffees for $350, and auction registrations for $25.

Among the winning lots in the Hawaiian competition were five different coffee varieties or cultivars, six different processing methods ranging from aerobic natural to fully washed, two organic offerings, and 11 winning farms from either the regions of Kona or Ka’u on Hawaii’s big island.

The top-scoring coffee was a washed-process SL34 variety produced by Kraig and Leslie Lee of Kona Farm Direct Coffee. The coffee was fermented with a wine yeast strain chosen to enhance acidity and fruit flavor, according to the producers.

As ACE gears up for its full 2021 Cup of Excellence schedule, it’s also planning to run more Private collection auctions this year including a new one with Nicaragua’s Fincas Mierisch (May 11) that Scott Conary will also be the Head Judge for.

Wine Yeasts Abound Among Hawaiian-Grown ACE/Isla Auction Coffees