Portland, Oregon-based green coffee importer Sustainable Harvest is planning to host its first ever silent auction, called La Lucha, in conjunction with the upcoming SCA Specialty Coffee Expo in Seattle.
Named to recognize “the fight” many growers and roasters face in producing and sourcing exceptional coffees, the La Lucha auction will feature microlot coffees that score 86+ from Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Colombia.
In addition to their high quality scores, the coffees will all be sourced from producers who voluntarily submitted to B Corp’s free B Impact Assessment, which grades organizational efforts toward sustainability, and social and environmental impact. Sustainable Harvest, a certified B Corporation, said each of the coffees accepted for judging have come from producers meeting an 80-point minimum score in the B Impact assessment.
Coffees were initially screened by Q Grade-certified cuppers at Sustainable Harvest’s global offices, and will be further whittled down from 24 top coffees to 12 finalists during a selection cupping taking place on Monday, April 16, in Portland. Sustainable Harvest is inviting roasters to judge the coffees in the final cupping round, which will be led by Sherri Johns, who was a Cup of Excellence Head Judge for 14 years.
Sessions for cupping each of the auction coffees plus silent bidding will be held on Friday, April 20 (12 p.m.), and Saturday, April 21 (3 p.m.), in room 201 of the Washington State Convention Center, where the SCA Expo is being held. Sustainable Harvest said 90 percent of auction revenue will go to the coffees’ producers, while 10 percent will cover the auction’s operational costs. Starting bids for all coffees will be $5 per pound.