Cup of Excellence® is the premier coffee competition and auction worldwide

What is Cup of Excellence?

Cup of Excellence is the most prestigious competition and award for high quality coffees. The level of scrutiny that Cup of Excellence coffees undergo is unmatched anywhere in the specialty coffee industry. Each year, thousands of coffees are submitted for consideration, with winning coffees sold in global online auctions at premium prices, with the vast majority of auction proceeds going to the farmers.

The competition is rigorous, with cupping evaluations conducted over a three-week process by industry experts: first by a National Jury of about a dozen qualified jurors from the origin country, and then by an International Jury, comprised of approximately 20-25 experienced jurors from around the world. A competition with 300 entries yields an average of 9,000 analyzed cups, with each “Top 10” coffee being cupped at least 120 times.

The Cup of Excellence competition has pioneered integrity and transparency in the coffee industry, ensuring the value of winning coffees. Each sample entering the competition process is assigned a number known only to the auditor for each competition, and each jury member cups the coffee blind. In addition, each lot is documented through the entire process so that winning coffees are traceable to the farm and exact micro-lot.

2018 Dates

  • TBD dates to be released soon
  • El Salvador April 9-13
  • Nicaragua April 9-12
  • Honduras May 28-31
  • Costa Rica May 28 - June 1
  • Guatemala June 4-8
  • México May 14-18
  • Rwanda August 7-10
  • Burundi July 30 - Aug 3
  • Colombia TBD
  • Perú October 16-19
  • Brazil October 15-21

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Auction Results
Global buyers of these award-winning coffees have rewarded hard-working farmers with unprecedented premiums that are well above the prices typically offered. These premiums are paid on the online...
In 2017, Cup of Excellence will take place in Brazil, Burundi, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua and Perù.
Winning Farms
Winning the Cup of Excellence always changes the life of a coffee farmer. He or she is a star and for that one nervous, exhilarating moment is applauded and proud walking up on the stage...
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