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The 2-Day Cupping Extravaganza at Hacienda El Roble (photo gallery)

Fred Lullfitz with Caravela Coffee, smells the coffee for the dry aroma

Fred Lullfitz with Caravela Coffee, smells the coffee for the dry aroma

Roast Magazine’s Kelsey Mutter just got back from Colombia, where she was one in a lucky bunch to attend the 4th annual Cupping Extravaganza at Hacienda El Roble in Bucaramanga.

Hosted by Bogota-based Virmax (originally based in the UK), the event brought together coffee professionals from throughout the world to cup a remarkable 40-plus coffees over two days, all harvested from among Hacienda El Roble’s 70-plus varieties on 300 hectares. The coffees included a range of Caturras, Castillas, Bourbons, Geishas, and even two high-scoring classified coffees that were given generic codes. The coffees will be made available through an April 8 auction presented by Stoneworks.

While cupping was the main event, guests were also given tours of the farm and the processing facilities, as well a remarkably lovely “coffee garden.”

All photos by Kelsey Mutter. 

A shot from the nursery of maturing coffee plants

A shot from the nursery of maturing coffee plants

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scussing cupping scores and coffee after a round of cupping

Discussing cupping scores and coffee after a round of cupping

A shot of the Cupping Room at Hacienda El Roble

A shot of the Cupping Room at Hacienda El Roble

A unique coffee cart found in Bogota

A unique coffee cart found in Bogota

A shot of the entry way to the Coffee Garden

A shot of the entry way to the Coffee Garden

The Cupping Extravaganza 2014 cuppers – from left to right, Kelsey Mutter, Badi Bradley, Geoff Woodley, Fred Lullfitz, Fernando Gómez Cruz, Leon, Josh Hydeman, Peter Dupont, Grant Tenille, Jin Ho Yang,  Kim Ionescu. Sarah Bouldin.

The Cupping Extravaganza 2014 cuppers – from left to right, Kelsey Mutter, Badi Bradley, Geoff Woodley, Fred Lullfitz, Fernando Gómez Cruz, Leon Holdsworth, Josh Hydeman, Peter Dupont, Grant Tenille, Jin Ho Yang, Kim Ionescu. Sarah Bouldin.

Geoff Woodley from Detour Coffee, Josh from Heart and Fernando Gómez Cruz make their way around the cupping table

Geoff Woodley from Detour Coffee, Josh from Heart and Fernando Gómez Cruz make their way around the cupping table

Leon from St Ali smells the coffee for the dry aroma

Leon Holdsworth from St Ali smells the coffee for the dry aroma

Coffee picker carries coffee cherries to the milling station

Coffee picker carries coffee cherries to the milling station

Peter Dupont from Coffee Collective smells the coffee for the dry aroma

Peter Dupont from Coffee Collective smells the coffee for the dry aroma

One variety of over 70 coffee cherries grown at Hacienda El Roble.

One variety of over 70 coffee cherries grown at Hacienda El Roble.

Fernando Gómez Cruz, Q-Grader at Virmax, makes his way around the cupping table

Fernando Gómez Cruz, Q-Grader at Virmax, makes his way around the cupping table

 

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