Cup of Excellence® is the premier coffee competition and auction worldwide

What is Cup of Excellence?

Cup of Excellence is the most prestigious award given to a fine quality coffee. The level of scrutiny that Cup of Excellence coffees undergo is unmatched anywhere in the coffee industry. All of the Cup of Excellence award winners are cupped at least 5 times (the 'Top 10' are cupped again) during the 3-week competition. During this selection process, thousands of cups are evaluated, tasted and scored based on their exemplary characteristics. The prices that these winnings coffees receive at auction have broken records and proven that there is a huge demand for these rare farmer identified coffees.

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Auction Results
Global buyers of these award-winning coffees have rewarded hard-working farmers with unprecedented premiums that are well above the prices typically offered. These premiums paid at auction have...
View the full schedule for the Cup of Excellence competitions taking place this year. You can also see selected events that we will be attending in the coming months.
Currently, the Cup of Excellence program takes place in 10 specialty coffee producing countries in East Africa and in Central and South America.
Group Cuppings
Group Cuppings of award-winning Cup of Excellence coffees take place at in cities around the world. These events are offer an opportunity to evaluate the winning lots from the most recent Cup of...
Winning Farms
Winning the Cup of Excellence always changes the life of a coffee farmer. He or she is a star and for that one nervous, exhilarating moment is applauded and proud walking up on the stage...
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