Nicaragua 2020

Cup of Excellence competition: Due to COVID-19 the Cup of Excellence Nicaragua competition was completed in the following way with the designated coffees blindly cupped through the following process:

  • Preselection stage: April 15th – 19th with the 8 National Judges in Matagalpa, Nicaragua with Rony Gamez as head judge guide and Fátima López Rodríguez and Julio Obregón as substitute head judges.
  • National stage: April 28th – May 1st with the 8 National Judges in Matagalpa, Nicaragua with Rony Gamez as head judge guide and Fátima López Rodríguez and Julio Obregón as substitute head judges.
  • International stage: Completed on different dates with the judges Kentaro Maruyama, Miyoko Watanabe, Shinji Sekine, Keita Matsumoto, Yunson Lee, Minseon Kim, Will Young, Adam Matheson, Thomas Pulpan, Synove Neseon, Darrin Daniel, Erin Wang and Alex Pond in their respective labs around the globe.

Cup of Excellence auction: The winning lots are the top 30 coffees that scored above an 87 by the Cup of Excellence International Jury. These coffees have each been cupped a minimum of five different times during the cupping process. The coffee is packaged in 30kg boxes containing two 15kg vacuum-packed bags.

National Winners auction: The National Winner lots are coffees scoring 85+ points during the International Week by the Cup of Excellence International Jury. These coffees have each been cupped a minimum of five different times during the cupping process.

COE auction: July 16th, 2020
NW auction: July 13th – 31st, 2020

RANK
WEIGHT (kg)
FARM
FARMER
REGION
SCORE
VARIETY
PROCESS
1a
Luís Alberto Balladarez Moncada
Nueva segovia
91.2
Maracaturra Natural
Natural
1b
Luís Alberto Balladarez Moncada
Nueva segovia
91.2
Maracaturra Natural
Natural
2
Arjen Roersma
Matagalpa
89.7
Maracaturra
Washed
3
Luis Emilio Valladarez
Nueva segovia
89.4
Maracaturra
Washed
4
Mario José Vilchez Urbina
Nueva segovia
88.9
Maracaturra
Washed
5
Ernesto José Estrada Flores
Matagalpa
88.8
Maracaturra
Washed
6
Ana María Albir
Nueva segovia
88.6
Catuai Rojo
Washed
7
Tania Gabriela Ferrufino Norori
Matagalpa
88.4
Híbrido H3
Washed
8
Macario Alejandrino Medina Rodriguez
Nueva segovia
88.4
Parainema
Washed
9
Germán Odorico Cortéz
Jinotega
88.1
Parainema
Washed
10
Abner Samuel Zavala / Indira Paola Zavala
Nueva segovia
88.0
Maracaturra
Honey
11
Reynaldo Leonel Ortez Ortez
Nueva segovia
87.9
Catimor
Washed
12
Luís Emilio Valladarez
Nueva segovia
87.7
Maracaturra
Natural
13
CECOCAFEN
Matagalpa
87.5
Caturra
Washed
14
José Angel Ortez Urbina
Nueva Segovia
87.5
Caturra
Washed
15
Rolando Castillo Flores
Nueva segovia
87.4
Villa Sarchi / Natural
Natural
16
Martha Lucia Albir
Nueva segovia
87.3
Maracaturra
Washed
17
Isacio Javier Albir Vílchez
Nueva segovia
87.0
Maracaturra
Washed
Score
Farm
Farmer
Weight (kg)
Region
Process, Variety
86.8
Douglas Ramón Padilla González
Estelí
Washed, Caturra
86.7
Darling Noelia Herrera Torres
Madríz
Washed, Caturra
86.4
UCA SOPPEXCCA
Jinotega
Natural, Caturra
86.3
Nolan Hamilton González Ramos
Madríz
Washed, Caturra
85.9
Francisca Lucia Gutiérrez López
Jinotega
Honey, Caturra Estrella
85.9
Jose Alcides Castillo Gonzalez
Estelí
Washed, Catimor
85.8
Jorge Yoelsin Lanuza Cruz
Madríz
Washed, Catimor
85.8
Jorge Armando Gutiérrez González
Nueva segovia
Washed, Catuai
85.7
Wilder Raúl González Ramos
Madríz
Washed, Caturra
85.7
Jairo José Gurdián Zeledón
Madríz
Washed, Catimor
85.3
Virginia Guido Romero
Madríz
Washed, Caturra
85
Manuel de Jesús Herrera Alfaro
Madríz
Washed, Catimor
Role
Name
Lab
Country
International Judge
Kentaro Maruyama
Maruyama Coffee Co., Ltd.
Japan
International Judge
Miyoko Watanabe
Maruyama Coffee Co., Ltd.
Japan
International Judge
Shinji Sekine
Wataru & Co., Ltd.
Japan
International Judge
Keita Matsumoto
Wataru & Co., Ltd.
Japan
International Judge
Yunson Lee
Terarosa (Haksan Co.Ltd)
South Korea
International Judge
Minseon Kim
Terarosa (Haksan Co.Ltd)
South Korea
International Judge
Will Young
Campos Coffee
Australia
International Judge
Adam Matheson
Campos Coffee
Australia
International Judge
Lloyd Thom
Campos Coffee
Australia
International Judge
Thomas Pulpan
Kaffebrenneriet as
Norway
International Judge
Synove Neseon
Kaffebrenneriet as
Norway
International Judge
Darrin Daniel
Alliance for Coffee Excellence
United States
International Judge
Erin Wang
Alliance for Coffee Excellence
United States
International Judge
Alex Pond
Alliance for Coffee Excellence
United States
Name
Organization
Role
Rony Gámez
ACE
International Head Judge
July Obregón
CONATRADEC / Benefit Sol Café
Technical leader
Daysi Mendez
UCA TN
National Judge
Donaldo Icabalceta
BLACK FOREST
National Judge
Fatima Lopez Rodriguez *
PRODECOOP
National Judge
Jose Angel Garcia Granados
INTA
National Judge
Nelson Navas
INDEPENDENT
National Judge
Olman Uriel Saavedra
OWN
National Judge
Pedro Pablo Pérez
LA PLATA
National Judge
Sergio Rivera Blandon
HHEXPORT
National Judge
José Daniel Hernández
School Cafe INTA San Isidro
Roaster
Raul Talavera
SOPPEXCCA
Roaster
Raquel Figueroa
National School Café de Ocotal
Support Team Lead
Aracely Moreno
School Cafe INTA San Isidro
Support Team
Engels José Arvizú
National School Café de Ocotal
Support Team
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
School Cafe INTA San Isidro
Support Team
Tatiana de Carmen Rubio
National School Café de Ocotal
Support Team

*The winning coffees have been selected and scored in blind cuppings. The winning farm and the specific coffee lot information is submitted by each farmer and is not known to the public until the awards ceremony.  ACE assumes the farm information is correct and up to date but is not responsible should some information change before or after the auction.   Bidders should assess the value of each coffee based on quality in the cup and its appropriateness for their company. Farm information is for educational purposes only but can be used to help sell the winning coffees.

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