Rainforest Alliance Cupping for Quality

Cupping event tasters

Cupping for Quality in Houston, Texas in March, 2016.

Since 2003, the Rainforest Alliance has organized coffee cuppings to create an opportunity for Rainforest Alliance Certified™ coffees to undergo systematic evaluation by a group of industry experts.

The goal of the Rainforest Alliance Cupping for Quality is to show the link between best social, ecological and economic sustainability practices and quality in the cup. By bringing together a diverse group of qualified cuppers in the international coffee community, this program helps to build a bridge between those who grow coffee on Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms and the roaster and importer communities.

The official results of the Rainforest Alliance Cuppings are publicized in key trade publications and media outlets and shared with coffee buyers around the world. The participating producers are recognized each year at the Rainforest Alliance Sustainable Coffee Breakfast, which takes place at the Specialty Coffee Expo every April.

The location, date, and time for the next Rainforest Alliance Cupping for Quality have yet to be set. Please check back at a later date for more information.

How to Submit a Sample

Participation in the Rainforest Alliance cupping is reserved for farms that are in compliance with the Rainforest Alliance Sustainable Agriculture Standard and have a current farm certificate. Participants can submit a maximum of one sample for each certificate holder.

If you are interested in submitting a sample please contact Sara Young at syoung@ra.org.

Interested in Participating as a Cupper?

The Rainforest Alliance Cupping for Quality is an invite-only event. Cuppers are carefully selected based on their reputation and knowledge of specialty coffee, their current engagement with the Rainforest Alliance Certified™ coffee program, and their commitment to sustainability in the coffee industry. Interested Cuppers should contact Sara Young syoung@ra.org with inquiries.

Rainforest Alliance Cupping for Quality Results

Media Coverage of the Rainforest Alliance Cupping for Quality

Cupping for Quality Press Releases

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