Those six plus 23 other winning coffees — all of which have been scrutinized by three different juries through the competition platform — will be available via live auction through the CoE organizer Alliance for Coffee Excellence (ACE) website on Tuesday, Nov. 7.
Taking place in Ibagué, Tolima, the competition was the first CoE competition in Colombia since 2015, accepting coffees from throughout the country, as opposed to years past when ACE would hold separate Colombian competitions in the north and south.
The top-scoring coffee (91.28) in this year’s competition is a fully washed blend of Caturra and Castillo grown at an amazingly high 2,050 meters in Buesaco, Nariño, on Rodrigo Arley’s farm, Mirador El Naranjo.
The second-highest-scoring coffee (90.78) is a natural-process Gesha from Orlando Ospina’s farm, La Maria, located in Cundinamarca. According to ACE, Ospina is a trained agronomist and this was his first coffee harvest after choosing natural processing due not only to lack of infrastructure, but also to minimize ecological impact.
Huila and Tolima were among the other regions from which winning coffees hailed, and winning varieties included Bourbon, Colombia, Tabi and and Typica.
In addition to the Colombia auction Nov. 7, other CoE auctions remaining this year include Burundi (Oct. 10), Perú (Oct. 25), Brazil Pulped Natural (Nov. 28) and Brazil Natural (Dec. 7).