2015 Roasters Choice Competition Coffee

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Postby ChrisSchooley » Thu Jan 29, 2015 12:32 pm

The 2015 Roasters Choice competition promises to be the most exciting Roasters Choice competition yet. The Roasters Guild Executive Council has been diligently reworking the program in order to try to draw more and more focus for the competition on the roasting itself. For this year's new rules and regulations, visit the United States Coffee Competitions website here:


One of the most interesting elements to this year's competition is that all competitors in the 1st Round will be roasting the same coffee. Judges and USCC attendees will have the unique opportunity to see how each respective roaster approached that specific coffee, and learn what each roaster's approach to that coffee was.

We are very pleased to announce Cafe Imports as the sponsor for the green coffee used for 1st round competition. Cafe Imports has graciously selected a coffee suited just to this purpose and has orchestrated all of the trafficking and delivery of these coffees to the competitors. The coffee they have selected for the 2015 Roasters Choice competition is from the CENFROCAFE cooperative in Peru. Here are the coffee particulars as well as a write up on the coffee as found through Cafe Imports' Beanology report.

Origin Peru
Region Cajamarca
Farm 2,000 small-holders
Variety Typica, Caturra, and Bourbon
Altitude 1200 - 2200 masl
Proc. Method Fully washed and sun dried on-site

Peru is a country which has great potential but for particular reasons it is extremely hard to find 87+ coffee landed in consuming countries. The potential is there: the country is the 8th largest producer of coffee in the world, has plenty of farms at and above 1600 and 1800 meters, and has predominantly Typica and Bourbon varieties; all of these conditions should give us, in theory, 88 - 90+ coffee. But this is not the case, high-end coffee out of Peru is very scarce due to the challenges they face. Most farmers own a couple of hectares only and are in remote areas. Many times their farms are 4 hours by foot from the nearest town and the town could be 8 hours by truck from the nearest port. This means coffee can sit at the farm unnecessarily for extended periods of time after it is dried. During the drying season climate conditions tend to be very humid with precipitation. Without proper storage, such as GrainPro, coffee will gain moisture and destabilize cup-quality.

CENFROCAFE is one of the strongest cooperatives in Peru, both in terms of volume and quality. They have programs in place to increase production through organic fertilization also keeping plants healthy which is extremely helpful during coffee leaf rust outbreaks. CENFROCAFE produces about 120,000 quintales (1 quintal = 100 lbs) of coffee per year being one of the leading cooperatives in the country in volume. The average production per hectare is about 22 quintales which is high for organic production around the world. CENFRO recommends its producers to fertilize with Guano de Isla, phosphore ore, and Ulexite to achieve these yields.

In terms of quality, CENFROCAFE is one of the top exporters in Peru as well. They have placed in the top places in national competitions having a big potential for microlots and excellent delivery and consistent full containers. Beginning in 2013 we began offering microlots to complement the APU full containers.

Prior to the 2013 harvest I had cupped delicious 90+ coffees from Southern Ecuador but nothing above 86+ from Northern Peru and the coffee growing regions are right next to each other with extremely similar conditions. CENFRO's producers have heirloom Typica and Bourbon varieties with altitudes of 1600+ and 1800+. We are extremely happy with the quality of the microlots we bought last year and will continue to expand this volume as the harvests keep coming in.
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