Cup of Excellence


Cup of Excellence

The Cup of Excellence (COE) is a competition held more-or-less yearly in many coffee producing countries. Until 2008, the COE was limited to Central and South America, but with the 2008 Rwanda Cup of Excellence the competition has expanded to Africa, as well. In the COE, coffees are rated by an international jury and then auctioned off. COE coffees regularly fetch many times normal market rates for coffee, with the top coffees ofter selling for more than $20/pound.

The Cup of Excellence was founded in 1999 in Brazil and expanded to other countries in the coming years.

See also: Alfred Peet, Erna Knutsen, George Howell, Paul Songer, SCAA, Specialty Coffee, Willem Boot