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Topic: Nicaragua Cup of Excellence (2 msgs / 65 lines)
1) From: Paul Jolly
Tom wrote:
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Hey Tom (or anyone else):  How was the Nicaragua
cupping?  A friend of mine helped to set it up &
was asked to be a cupper, but he's already got
business/personal relationships established with
a couple of farm/ers there & recused himself. 
He'll be off to the Salvador cupping soon---are
you going too?
Looking forward to the Miel,
Paul
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2) From: Tom & Maria
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Hi Paul - The El Salv competition was immediately after the Nica one. 
Some judges were doing both. But for many it meant going to the SCAA 
conference in Boston, then going straight to Nica ... thats enough 
cupping as is.
The cupping was very interesting, but perhaps a little troubling for 
me (I havent done my customary report on it for the web page yet -I 
did do one for the Panama trip). Cup of Excellence works: it does 
help bring great small farm coffees into the spotlight. But the 
process also weeds out some very interesting cups, ones with what I 
call really "distinct character", in favor of more refined, clean, 
bright, but possibly less unique cup profiles. That's because a 
really complex, intriguing cup is going to be controversial -a few 
people will love it, some will be confused about it and score it in 
the middle, some will think it stinks. These coffees can make it into 
the auction, but they wont be in the top 10. So when thinking about 
COE auctions, I feel like its best not to consider the top 10 as 
necessarily the best -the real gems might be lurking in the lower 
scoring lots.
I managed to get a really really neat UNIQUE coffee in the Costa Rica 
auction on Thursday called El Legendario. It was the #8 coffee but we 
had some fierce competition early on to get it. I hate to mention it 
because it will take quite a while to get it up here from Costa Rica. 
If I knew how, I would probably pay the extra bucks to air freight it 
here, because as it stands, I have to call around and find someone 
who is shipping a container, and is willing to add this lot to theirs 
....
Tom
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