Alliance for Coffee Excellence announces winners of 17th Guatemala Cup of Excellence

Alliance for Coffee Excellence has announced the winning coffees from the 17th Guatemala Cup of Excellence.

The competition awarded 30 Cup of Excellence winning coffees and eight National Winner coffees that represented five processes and 10 varieties. For the third time, Cercol, SA took first place with a 91.06 scoring coffee, earning the competition’s only Presidential Award.

This has not been an easy year for producers during the pandemic. Max Pérez, whose natural geisha coffee took second place this year, said, “behind this award, there is a lot of work, effort, dedication, love, and passion for what we do.”

This was the second Cup of Excellence competition with the International stage held at Alliance for Coffee Excellence Global Coffee Centers (GCCs) in Norway, USA, Korea, Australia and Japan. The wide variety of characteristics represented in this year’s coffees were reportedly noticed by all cuppers.

“The key word is ‘diversidad’, said international judge, Keita Matsumoto of GCC Wataru in Japan, who also lived in Guatemala for four years. “Every coffee has a face of the producer. Flavour and aroma were just like the Pattern of the Guatemalan traditional textile Huipil.”

The awards were announced during the first-ever publicised virtual Cup of Excellence awards ceremony, live streamed on Youtube.

“lt is with great pride and pleasure for all of Guatemala knowing the excellent quality coffees we have. Amidst the hardships faced due to the current crisis, with imagination and creativity the process was accomplished,” said Sergio Aycinena, vice president of Anacafé.

For more information on the winning coffees and details on Alliance for Coffee’s upcoming auction on 28 July, visit:

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