This week the Cup of Excellence comes to Burundi. An amazing opportunity for the Burundi producers to showcase just how amazing their coffee is. The COE is widely thought to be the pinnacle of success for many coffee producers. This competition will highlight just how special Burundi speciality coffee is while promoting the hard working producers who create the amazing coffees entered.
Last year I had the opportunity to be a juror on the inaugural Prestige Cup, or Cup of Excellence “pre” opening year. This year I’m not judging but I am very excited to see the outcome of this internationally judged competition. Leading up to the event I cupped through hundreds of micro lots from across Burundi searching for the finest micro lots. Many of the lots selected to enter into the competition are ones that I have cupped. I thought it would be fun to make some predictions on what I think will be, or should be, Burundi’s top five micro lots in the first ever Burundi Cup of Excellence.
Enjoy my attempt at predicting the winners (and try not to take this too seriously or be offended if I didn’t mention your favorite lot). And if I’m wrong I still enjoyed the journey to discover my top five.
Fun to make. But will my guesses be right?