Sustainable Coffees Recognized for Quality at the Rainforest Alliance Cupping

January 18, 2012

Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms in Peru and Kenya earned top scores at the Rainforest Alliance’s December Cupping for Quality, held at the Specialty Coffee Association of America Lab in Long Beach, California. The Rainforest Alliance’s biannual cupping events recognize farmers for their hard work in producing high quality sustainable coffee.

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A total of 45 coffee samples from eight origins were submitted, including the debut of coffees from the Karatu and Kilimanjaro regions of Tanzania. The highest score -- 87.9 points -- went to Tunki, a two acre farm located in the Puno region of Peru. Over 95 percent of the samples scored above 80, the threshold for the designation of ‘specialty coffee’ -- a clear indication that sustainable farming practices can contribute to the production of high-quality coffee.

“It’s only natural that Rainforest Alliance Certified farms would produce more and better quality coffee,” said Maya Albanese, event hostess and coordinator of the Sustainable Agriculture Division at the Rainforest Alliance. “When you improve workers’ conditions and livelihoods, farms become more productive. When you reduce waste, energy consumption, and agrochemical usage, you increase soil quality and biodiversity, thereby facilitating the production of a better crop.”

Top Ten Scoring Coffees:

Tunki

Peru

87.92

Deep River, Kwanyoka Estate

Kenya

86.06

Ururi

Peru

85.25

Mihando

Kenya

85.19

Madan Coffee Plantation

Papua New Guinea

84.56

Githaka

Kenya

84.50

Kihuri Estate

Kenya

84.41

Machure Estate

Kenya

84.33

Muthaite

Kenya

84.31

Parry Estate, Kona Gold Coffee Plantation

USA (Hawaii)

84.25

Highest Scoring Farms By Country:

Brazil

83.55

Fazenda Baú I- Grupo Mogyana de Certificação RAS - Stockler 

 

83.52

Fazenda São João Grande e Dona Neném

 

83.23

Fazenda São Lourenço / Comercial Mineira S/A

USA- Hawaii

84.25

Parry Estate, Kona Gold Coffee Plantation

 

84.13

Parry Estate, Kona Gold Coffee Plantation

Indonesia

83.83

Aljasri

 

83.78

Asmoro

 

83.05

Pedamaran Plantation, PT. Toarco Jaya

India

81.97

Cannoncadoo Estate

 

81.92

Margolly Estate

 

80.78

Karadibetta Estate

Kenya

86.06

Deep River, Kwanyoka Estate

 

85.19

Mihando

 

84.50

Githaka

Peru

87.92

Tunki

 

85.25

Ururi

 

83.03

AAchamal

Papua New Guinea

84.56

Madan Coffee Plantation

 

81.14

Madan Coffee Plantation

Tanzania

84.17

Ngila Estate Ltd

 

83.86

Ngila Estate Ltd 1

 

82.56

Machare Estate

To see the full results from the December 2011 Cupping for Quality, please visit: http://www.rainforest-alliance.org/agriculture/crops/coffee/cupping-quality.

A panel of 17 expert cuppers, representing coffee importers, roasters, and retailers large and small in North America, evaluated the profile of the coffees according to aspects such as aroma, acidity, uniformity, and balance.

The samples were roasted and cupped by Rocky Rhodes of International Coffee Consulting, Ted Vautrinot of Kean Roasters, and Andrew Phillips of Rose Park Roasters.

The cupper team included:

  • Shawn Hamilton, Lead Cupper & VP of Plant Operations, Java City
  • Jeffrey Chean, Groundwork Coffee
  • Trish Rothgeb, Wrecking Ball Coffee
  • Darrin Daniel, Allegro Coffee Company
  • Adam Kline, Atlantic Specialty Coffee / ECOM
  • Michael C. Boyd, Boyd’s Coffee Company
  • Alexandra Katona, Coffee Quality Institute
  • Kika Miramontes, InterAmerican Coffee
  • Ian Kluse, Olam Americas
  • Patrick Russell, Second Cup
  • Fernando Seminario, Sustainable Harvest
  • Dane Loraas, Sustainable Harvest
  • Stephen Leach, Maranatha Import Export Pty Ltd.
  • David Sager, Maranatha Import Export Pty Ltd.

Cupper Steve Leach stated that Rainforest Alliance certification is a “win-win for all partners in the supply chain. The producers get a better price, there’s less risk of quality problems at the exporter/importer level and the roaster is better assured of receiving the quality contracted for. Being involved in a sustainable program helps ensure that we will have continued access to the product our customers expect.”

The Rainforest Alliance Cupping for Quality takes place twice a year to accommodate various coffee harvest cycles around the world. On March 28-30, 2012, a new set of certified coffees from regions including Central and South America will be evaluated during the Spring Cupping event.

To learn more about Rainforest Alliance Certified™ coffee and how certification benefits coffee farming communities, please visit: www.sealyourcup.org.