Roasters Guild Coffees of the Year Competition Top 10 Selected

Coffee Competition Highlights Specialty Coffees from Around the World at The 24th Annual Specialty Coffee Association of America Event 

This past weekend the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) and the Roasters Guild awarded ten specialty coffees with the “Coffees of the Year” title at its 2012 Coffees of the Year Competition, which will be celebrated at the 24th annual SCAA Event, April 19 – 22, 2012 in Portland, OR. Over 250 specialty coffee submissions, representing 26 countries, competed in the prestigious annual event to be recognized as the best specialty coffees from around the globe from the 2011/12 crop. Experienced judges chose the winning coffees by cupping and thoroughly evaluating the sensory attributes of each coffee sample entered in the competition. The judges specifically assessed six distinct qualities of the coffee samples including fragrance, aroma, taste, flavor, aftertaste and body. The 2012 Roasters Guild Coffees of the Year Competition winners are:

Producer Name Will and Grace Tabios Extreberto Caceres
Farm Name The Rising Sun; Will and Grace Farms Cielito Lindo
Region Ka’u Santa Barbara
Country United States, Hawaii Honduras
Processing Method Semi-Washed Washed
Varietal Typica Pacas
Score 86.94 87
Producer Name Francis and Trinidad Marques Rigoberto Herrera
Farm Name Ali’i Hawaiian Hula Hands Coffee Finca Experimental Banexport – Granja La Esperanza
Region Ka’u Valle Del Cauca
Country United States, Hawaii Colombia
Processing Method Washed Washed
Varietal Typica / Caturra Geisha
Score 86.41 86.75
Producer Name Rigoberto Herrera Correa Cooperative
Farm Name Las Margaritas Oromia
Region Caicedonia Oromia Region
Country Colombia Ethiopia
Processing Method Washed Washed
Varietal Geisha/22000 Heirloom Varietal
Score 87.84 88.41
Producer Name Adado Lorie Obra
Farm Name Gedeo Zone, YCFCU Rusty’s Hawaiian
Region South Ka’u
Country Ethiopia United States, Hawaii
Processing Method Washed Washed
Varietal Arabica Typica / Caturra
Score 87.28 86.47
Producer Name Rafael Lozano Cafe Granja La Esperanza
Farm Name Finca Buenavista Cerro Azul
Region San Agustin, Huila Trujillo
Country Colombia Colombia
Processing Method Washed Washed
Varietal Caturra Geisha/35000
Score 86.59 88.25

Winning coffees will be recognized at the farmer or producer group level. Awards will be presented to designated representatives on behalf of the producer(s). The 10 winners of this competition will be showcased in the Coffees of the Year Competition area in the Activities Hall. Elegantly set in a café like atmosphere, the COTY competition welcomes attendees to sample the world’s best coffees alongside the producers whose skill and dedication is unmatched in the industry. If you are a true connoisseur of coffee, this is one event you have to attend. Visit to register!

A big thanks to our team of Q Graders and volunteers who helped make this year’s cupping event a success! Special thanks to Farmer Brothers for roasting all of the samples and for the use of their incredible lab for this event. View their Facebook photo album here.