Jury Application

Jury Application

International Jury Information

Please note: We are finalizing jury dates with some of our country partners. The final dates will be released soon.

Cup of Excellence® (COE) international jurors determine the winners during the final week of the three-week competition. This provides jurors an opportunity to evaluate some of the world’s best coffees and meet these winning farmers. Touted by some jurors as “the best experience of their professional coffee career”, the week promises to exceed the expectations of even the most stringent sensory professional.

In 2018, there are twelve (12) COE competitions in eleven (11) countries. Most international jury weeks are 4 days with the exception of Brazil competition which is longer to score both the Pulped Naturals and the Naturals during the same International Jury week. 


  • TBD dates to be released soon
  • El Salvador April 9-13
  • Nicaragua April 9-12
  • Honduras May 28-31
  • Costa Rica May 21-25
  • Guatemala June 4-8
  • México May 14-18
  • Rwanda August 7-10
  • Burundi July 30 - Aug 3
  • Colombia TBD
  • Perú October 16-19
  • Brazil October 15-21


International Juror Requirements

International Jurors must:

  • Have participated as a juror or an observer in a prior Cup of Excellence competition;
  • Be a skilled cupper willing to adhere to competition protocols;
  • Be a professional working in the coffee industry;
  • Understand and speak English;
  • Be an employee of a registered ACE member company.  Become a member 

New Jurors / Observers

New jurors on any COE International Jury must participate the first time as an observer. Observer scores are not included in the overall score of the jury. Observers that demonstrate sufficient cupping expertise can apply as a juror for future COE competitions.

Observer Requirements

If you would like to participate as an observer for a Cup of Excellence International Jury, you must:

  • Have a minimum of 3 years’ experience as a professional cupper;
  • Be a professional working in the coffee industry;
  • Understand and speak English;
  • Be an employee of a registered ACE member company. Become a member 

How to Apply and Confirmation Information

  1. Select up to 4 countries, in order of preference. Juries have limited capacity and fill up quickly. ACE will offer qualified jurors one (1) of the four (4) requested countries. International juries must be balanced geographically. If the jury in a country of choice is full for your region, you will be offered another country.
  2. Pay the jury fee. This fee will be valid for one jury spot in 2018.  If you apply and are placed on more than one jury during the year, an additional jury fee(s) will be required.
  3. International Juries must be balanced geographically. Therefore, registration does not guarantee a particular country.
  4. ACE will contact you via email with the formal invitation letter asking you to respond to the invitation for your assigned country. Further information (location, hotel, and farm tours) will then be provided. Please do not purchase air transportation until you have received a formal invitation.

International Juror Fees & Expenses

Jury fees are returned to the COE host country to offset the cost of the 3-week competition. The host country makes arrangements and covers the costs for in-country transportation, meals, and accommodations from arrival (one day before the competition begins) through departure (one day after the awards ceremony). Alcohol and incidentals such as laundry are not included.

Costs covered by individual jurors:

  • Jury fee ($250.00)
  • Air travel to and from country of competition -

Observer Fees & Expenses

Observer fees collected by ACE are returned to the COE host country to offset the cost of the 3-week competition. Costs covered by observers:

  • Observer fee ($250.00)
  • Air travel to and from country of competition
  • All in-country expenses (transportation, meals, accommodations, etc.). Estimated expenses to be provided by country coordinator.

Jury Participation Invitation


If you accept a jury invitation and later must cancel, please let ACE know immediately. Hotel reservation deposits are often nonrefundable and therefore, lost if we are unable to find a juror replacement. ACE staff may offer you a spot on another jury (subject to availability). Paid jury fees are non-refundable unless you have chosen 4 countries and ACE staff has been unable to place you on one of your 4 country choices without an acceptable substitute.