SCAA Coffee of the Year: Carlos Imbachi Wins Again!

Our Carlos Imbachi coffee (Finca Buenavista, San Augustin, Huila) just won the SCAA Coffee of the Year, AGAIN! I am pretty excited... as you can tell. Here are the results:
  • Overall Point Leader - Score 90.5 Country: Colombia Region: San Agustin, Huila Farm Name: Buenavista
  • Best of Origin - Score 87.375 Country: El Salvador Region: Apaneca/Ilamatapeq Mountain Range Farm Name: El Recuerdo
  • Best of Origin - Score 89.625 Country: Guatemala Region: Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepequez Farm Name: Puerta Verde
  • Best of Origin - Score 87.563 Country: USA/Hawaii Region: Ka'u Farm Name: The Rising Sun
  • Best of Origin - Score 89.313 Country: Honduras Region: Mogola / Marcala / La Paz Farm Name: La Isabela
  • Best of Origin - Score 89.222 Country: Kenya Region: Nyeri Farm Name: Gichathaini
  • Best of Origin - Score 85.558 Country: Nicaragua Region: Mozonte/Nueva Segovia Farm Name: Un Regalo de Dios
  • Best of Origin - Score 89.125 Country: Panama Region: Boquete Farm Name: Hacienda La Esmeralda
  • Best of Origin - Score 89.2 Country: PerĂș Region: Puno Farm Name: Tunk
Now, I don't take it too sincerely. After all, we also put Kenya Gakuyu-ini Peaberry in to the COTY and they gave it 75 points! Completely lame. We even recupped it as we have numerous times and it's impossible to give that coffee less that 88 unless you blow the roast on it. Clean cup and acidity gets you over 86 alone. So whatever. But I am excited, and it will be great to take this to Sr. Imbachi next time I visit him... Thanks to Virmax, the exporter, who sent in the Imbachi sample. It is from the same lot that is in transit to Sweet Maria's right now... -Tom

[quote comment=""]Had to

[quote comment=""]Had to roast a batch from the last lot this morning and will be sipping it while watching the USBC feed this weekend. What a cool thing for Carlos to accomplish! Great farming.[/quote]

That sounds perfect. They didn't do a great job brewing it at the Coffee of the Year booth, but still it was very sweet. They were using Hario Buono kettles and Beehouse drippers, but just sorta dumping the water in. They need to watch my latest brew video! -Tom

Had to roast a batch from

Had to roast a batch from the last lot this morning and will be sipping it while watching the USBC feed this weekend. What a cool thing for Carlos to accomplish! Great farming.

[quote comment=""]pfft! I was

[quote comment=""]pfft! I was bummed I missed out on the Imbachi lot until I read the score they gave the Gakuyu-ini, one of my favorites since roasting. SCAA sounds like a joke.[/quote]
The particular lot of Imbachi that won is still coming, in transit now. We receive around 5-6 shipments of Imbachi over the year in varying quantities, since Colombia has the main harvest and a small harvest too (the Mitaca). The score for Gakuyu-ini and the cupping procedure for the whole this is, well, not a joke but definitely flawed. We heard they had to reroast a ton of samples that were incredibly dark, so clearly they didnt have consistency in the process. I think they idea of giving one coffee a crown is flawed too. I mean, it's apples and oranges. It's different flavors and styles. There is no "best wine in the world". Why do it with coffee? _t

pfft! I was bummed I missed

pfft! I was bummed I missed out on the Imbachi lot until I read the score they gave the Gakuyu-ini, one of my favorites since roasting. SCAA sounds like a joke.