At the first ever Cup of Excellence auction in Indonesia, buyers from all over the world to turned up. Bidders paid up to $30USD a pound on average for 26 different varieties of Indonesia’s best coffees.
In total bidders paid out over $360,000 for the 26 micro-lots available at the auction. Wataru, Japanese coffee trader, made the winning bid for six of the choicest lots. This included an $80 per pound pledge Wataru made on behalf of their client Yamatoya Coffee for the most valued lot at the auction.
This highly valued coffee is a honey-processed product. It is a blend of the Ateng, P88 and Gayo 1 varieties grown by Dilen Ali Gogo on the Aceh island. Yamatoya, the purchasers, plan to promote it as the best Indonesian coffee.
A Wataru representative stated that Indonesia is a favored country of origin for coffee connoisseurs in Japan. He said that their coffee has a special sweet and earthy flavor that is also spicy. While Sumatra is the most well-known, there are many islands producing very good coffee.
The five most cherished lots were bought from representatives from six different countries. The organizers of the auction also noted that Indonesia’s own roasting company and coffee supplier called Kopikina Coffee was represented at the auction as well. They purchased a lot from Java Bawat, grown by Saeful Hadi.
Coffee is certainly something to celebrate! It’s a day to bring coffee lovers globally to share their love of coffee. We also need to remember the farmers it takes to bring us this wonderful brew.
This year, the International Coffee Organization would like to focus on the fact that despite the higher prices for coffee, farmers are not all paid a fair wage for their work. This in turn puts the availability of coffee at risk since the coffee farmers cannot even provide for their families through their work.
There are a lot of people involved in making that cup of coffee. Starting with the farmers, the pickers, the washers, the dryers, sorting and grading, then the roasters, assessing for flavor. Then the stores, the employees, the addons like sugar and creamer.
Yesterday the Victor crew read an article about how freezing the coffee beans before grinding and using them to get a more uniform grind. If the beans are kept cold right up the time they are ground. As coffee heats up, the beans don’t grind as evenly.
Today we read how some warehouses are starting to roll out coffee that could have been stored as far back as the Bush administration. Many coffee roasters won’t purchase beans more than a year old because they lose their flavor. The oldest beans are going to bulk and instant-coffee roasters and to companies that supply institutions, hotels, vending machines. Some may be roasted longer or combined with newer beans to help mask the taste.