Last May’s winner of the Cup of Excellence, Costa Rica’s La Estrella farm in Santa María de Dota, this week achieved the remarkable auction price of $2,000 per quintal while the commodities trading price in New York was $243.50. Buyers in Japan, Korea and Taiwan paid the premium price for the 30 lots offered by small-scale farmer Luis Ricardo Calderón and his family.
The Cup of Excellence competition consists of an internationally recognized panel of judges that evaluate coffees for exemplary characteristics during a three-week process.
The second place winner, a farm from our own Mauricio’s hometown Naranjo, captured the second highest price at the auction of $1,200 per quintal.
Icafé executive director Ronald Peters reports that over 70% of Costa Rica’s coffee production is sold at prices that average $20 to $40 over the market trading price in New York, owing to the excellent quality of our award-winning beans.
What’s the secret to producing the world’s best coffee? In Naranjo, they say raising good coffee is like raising good kids, “It’s a matter of giving them good place to grow and taking good care of them.”
The green season discounts at Tulemar are an excellent opportunity for you to come share a cup of the world’s best coffee with us.