On Friday evening, judges from around the world culled the 60 top coffees in Costa Rica to unveil the 2015 winner of the Cup of Excellence.
This year’s winner is Manuel Antonio Barrantes of Leoncio, Cafetalera Herbazú farm in Costa Rica’s Naranjo region, in the province of Alajuela. Barrantes’ coffee scored 91.46 on a 100 point scale, one of only two entries that received presidential commendation for exceeding 90 points.
The Cup of Excellence was founded in Brazil in 1999 with the goal of encouraging farmers to grow higher quality, specialty coffees. To be sure there was a market for those efforts, the Cup of Excellence organized an auction where buyers from around the world can bid on the best coffees a country has to offer. The competition has been organized for eight years now by the Specialty Coffee Association of Costa Rica.