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Coffea Excelsa

The El Salvador
2004 Cup of Excellence
Competition

I was thrilled to be invited as a judge at the 2004 El Salvador Cup of Excellence competition in San Salvador. The coffees from the previous year's auction which I cupped in my own lab, were outstanding. This promised to be a very good year too, and if the coffees were anything like the Cup of Excellence Salvador we offered the previous year - Finca San Francisco, I would be happy. With an excellent selection of both Bourbon coffees (the small, dense traditional arabica cultivar with a bright "classic" cup profile) and Pacamara coffees (the unusual Pacas x. Maragogype cultivar) making it into the competition, the contrast between these cups would be underscored.

For the reviews, or to buy, our 2004 El Salvador Cup of Excellence coffees, see the El Salvador Coffee Review Page

I prepared a sort of slide show of about 60 pictures from about 300 that I took. Unfortunately, they are not exactly in the order I would like them to be in ... but suffer with the wobbles of the narrative "thread" and you will, I hope, discover something new about El Salvador and their coffees. Click Here to start the tour, or simply click on the upper left picture below. Also, see a review of the 2003 Finca San Francisco CoE coffee we bought.

Seeds from the rare Coffea Polysperma - 6 seeds in each coffee cherry instead of the 2 found in Arabica!

If you don't want to wade through all the pictures, you can just glance over the thumbnail images below and jump directly to that page in the slide show at any time.

I waited way too long to assemble this presentation and have forgotten so many little details. But the people and places that really impressed me have stuck, so here it is...Click Here to start the tour. Also check out my little El Salvador movie!





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Winning Farms: 1 San Eduardo, S.A. Bosque Lya (49) Bourbon 90.69 20 8 Carlos Ernesto Guerrero Lara Brasil (002) Bourbon 88.79 31 27 Mercedes Escobar Vda. De Castillo Buenos Aires (12) Bourbon 84.79 122 4 Montelar S.A. De C.V. El Tesoro (50) Bourbon 89.93 28 10 Dr.Mariano Hector Salazar El Transito (58) Bourbon 88.31 21 6 Carmen Duch Martinez Fatima (18) Bourbon 89.74 47 18 Manuel Alberto Santana Bendix Grano De Oro (15) Bourbon 85.9 22 32 Cayro, S.A. De C.V. La Labor De San Antonio (54) Pacas 84.45 19 31 Francisco Alexander Ochoa Romero La Monta?a I (023) Bourbon 84.6 23 28 Constanza Helena Gamero De Boster La Monta?ita (47) Bourbon 84.79 25 29 Antonio Rene Aguilar La Monta?ita 1 (10) Bourbon 84.76 23 15 Antonio Rene Aguilar La Monta?ita 2 (001) Pacamara 85.98 16 3 Alicia Cristina Alabi De Schuck Las Nubitas (56) Bourbon 90.45 22 33 Leonidas Arevalo Navarro Los Naranjos (9) Bourbon 84.36 16 11 Alvarez Prunera Y Cia. Malacara Lote A (20) Bourbon 86.43 24 19 Batrebendi S.A. De C.V. Montecarlos Tablon Caracol (13) Pacamara 85.76 15 7 Batrebendi S.A. De C.V. Montecarlos Tablon Crater (26) Pacamara Peaberry 89.6 15 35 Batrebendi S.A. De C.V. Montecarlos Tablon El Bosque (35) Pacamara 84 23 30 Gustavo Ernesto Urrutia Polanco Montes Everest (004) Bourbon 84.62 18 5 Maria Antonieta Dominguez De Arnesen Nombre De Dios (51) Bourbon / Pacas 89.81 15 21 Ana Eugenia Dominguez De Bauza Nombre De Dios El Pinar (37) Bourbon / Pacas 85.71 15 23 Maria Elena Dominguez De Botto Nombre De Dios San Juan (41) Bourbon / Pacas 85.62 26 24 Borja Letona, S.A. Pinar De Santiago (19) Bourbon 85.55 40 34 Maria De Los Angeles Cornejo De Markwor Pineda (29) Bourbon 84.14 16 25 Sonia M., Alex A., Ricardo J.,Salaverria Castaneda Pretoria III (006) Bourbon 85.5 28 22 Francisco Jose Baires Bou San Carlos (33) Bourbon / Pacas 85.69 16 2 Juan Francisco Rodriguez G. San Francisco (16) Bourbon 90.48 42 12 Mauricio Ruffatti San Jose (60) Bourbon 86.26 15 17 Ramon Antonio Ramentol Ruffatti San Martin (30) Bourbon 85.93 18 20 Ana Gladis Escalon De Guillen Santa Damiana (007) Bourbon 85.71 23 13 Agroinversiones Salba, S.A. De C.V. Santa Elena (53) Bourbon / Typica 86.14 17 9 Jose Joaquin Salaverria Santa Gregoria (38) Pacas 88.76 18 16 Sociedad Haydee De Alvarez E Hijos Santa Julia (44) Bourbon 85.95 19 26 Mauricio Caceres Rivera Santa Maria Buena Vista (011) Pacamara 84.9 25 14 Pacvil, S.A. De C.V. Santa Sofia (32) Bourbon 86.07 17

Judges: Paul Songer USA ACE Kevin Knox USA ACE John Di Ruocco USA Mr. Espress Tom Owen USA Sweet Maria's Glen Junkert USA Hunter Bay Roasters Geoff Watts USA Intelligentisa Jason Long USA Caf? Imports Chris Hallien USA Coffee Analysts Duane Sorenson USA Stumptown Michael Perz Canada Timothy's Diane Chan Canada Swiss Water John Gant USA Master Roaster Jonas Scherp Sweden Arvid Nordquist Morten Wennersgard Norway Solberg & Hansen Alexandr Malchik Russia Montana Coffee Carlos Rittscher Brazil Justin MacArthur New Zealand Coffee Supreme Limited Shinji Sekine Japan Caravan Coffee Kentaro Maruyama Japan Maruyama Coffee Ms. Yuko Itoi Japan Times Club Hidetaka Hayashi Japan Hayashi Institute Dora Alicia Ram?rez El Salvador J. Hill y C?a S.A. Oscar Alberto Machuca El Salvador Consejo Salvadore?o del Caf? Mario Pa?z El Salvador UNEX


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