The Colombia COE follows a harvest season that ran in conjunction with the COVID-19 pandemic, which by all accounts caused various logistical and financial strains to farmers and producer groups throughout much of South America.
The competition format itself — which includes numerous judging and scoring rounds — was adapted by COE and program partner the Asociación Colombiana para la Excelencia del Café (ASECC) to involve numerous satellite locations for international judging.
When all the scores were tallied, 24 green coffees hailing from five different growing regions within Colombia scored the 87 points or higher needed for farmers to win the COE award. The top-scoring lot (90.03) came from Felipe Henao Triana of the Los Tres Mosqueteros farm in Antioquia. Triana’s coffee was submitted as a washed Chiroso variety, which is recently believed to be a mutation of the Caturra variety found locally.
“I still can’t believe it,” Henao Triana said in an announcement from COE Colombia co-organizer, the nonprofit Alliance for Coffee Excellence. “I was already happy with the fact that we managed to be in the international round and I’m so grateful to God, my family, my wife and my children.”
Remarkably, 18 of the Colombia COE winners, including Henao Triana, were first-time participants in the competition, which is designed to celebrate the achievements of farmers while delivering fair market prices for their highest-quality coffees.
Other lots rounding out the top five included a washed Gesha from Luis Orlando Sanchez Guevara in Huila, a washed Gesha from John Gomez in Nariño, a washed anaerobic-process Gesha from Israel Hernandez in Tolima, and a washed Bourbon from Servio Tulio Botina Quinayas in Huila.
The Nov. 19 auction will be open to all registered ACE members, with new member registration beginning at $175. Additional upcoming COE auctions include Peru (Dec. 3) and Brazil (Dec. 10).