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Three Geshas Reach 90+ in 19th Guatemala Cup of Excellence; Auction Coming

Jose Roberto Monterroso Pineda

2022 Guatemala Cup of Excellence winning producer Jose Roberto Monterroso Pineda of El Morito in Jalapa.

Three washed-process Gesha-variety coffees scored 90+ points to take the top three spots in the 19th Guatemala Cup of Excellence (CoE) competition.

In total, 30 coffees scoring at least 87.23+ points following evaluations from national and international cuppers were identified as CoE winners and will be heading to an online auction on Tuesday, July 19. An additional five lots that scored between 85.13 and 87.02 are headed to the program’s “National Winners” auction, taking place July 13-22.

Guatemala Cup of Excellence

Judges at the 2022 Guatemala CoE.

The competition was co-coordinated by the Guatemalan national coffee association Anacafé, which led the call for submissions that resulted in an initial 158 sample lots.

Nine Guatemalan coffee-growing regions ended up represented on the list of 30 winners, where the famed Gesha variety was well represented with 20 winners.

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Jose Roberto Monterroso Pineda from Finca El Morito in Jalapa produced the top-scoring coffee, a washed Gesha that reached 91.75 points.

The second- and third-place coffees were also Gesha varieties hailing from Huehuetenango, produced by the Aguirre family at Finca El Injerto and by Fredy Milton Morales Merida of Finca Rosma, respectively. 

“In Guatemala, we produce specialty coffees with unique characteristics, and the Cup of Excellence is a window to publicize the quality of Guatemalan coffees and encourage producers by linking them with international buyers,” Anacafé President Juan Luis Barrios said in a joint announcement from Anacafé and CoE.

Guatemala COE 2022

Representatives of Anacafé with winning producers.

Additional upcoming CoE auctions include Mexico (July 14) and El Salvador (July 21).

[Editor’s note: This story has been updated. An earlier version incorrectly identified Finca Rosma as Finca Rosa.]

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