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TransFair USA is excited to announce the first ever Fair Trade Certified Cupping Competition and Auction. All ten Brazilian Fair Trade Certified Arabica producing cooperatives will be submitting samples to be judged in the competition. The goal of the event is to showcase high quality Fair Trade Certified coffee produced in Brazil and provide Fair Trade Certified licensees access to the best coffees at origin. Buyers will have the opportunity to sample, meet producers, and bid on the winning coffees through a closed auction. In addition, TransFair USA is organizing a four day excursion following the auction for those who wish to visit coffee producing cooperatives in Minas Gerais. The international jury will be grading coffees from October 20th to October 24th. We will hold a tasting, auction and awards ceremony in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais on Friday, October 24th. This event provides an opportunity to meet with producers and producer organizations, sample the award-winning coffees and place bids on your favorites.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

The Finals

Silvio Leite and Wendy de Jong in full cupping mode.

This morning our crew of judges and TransFair USA staff left the Colinas Hotel and headed out to the Centro de Excellencia for the final two rounds of cupping

The morning will feature ten of the top natural coffees from Tuesday's session and eleven of the semi-washed/washed coffees from yesterday (the eleventh coffee is due to a tie, not any Spinal Tap references.) The international panel is really looking forward to this final session for several reasons. These coffees are all ones that the judges want to see again. For Darrin Daniel the final round "gives you a chance to really wrap your arms around the coffees and get very descriptive." The Allegro green buyer also said that "when you recognize a coffee you like from the first round it resonates with you and proves its quality."

John Cossette, Andrew Miller, and David Hermann calculate their final scores.

Stay tuned for more!

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