Posted on April 2, 2012 by Joan

After five years of trying, we finally earned a top spot in the 2012 Roasters Guild Coffees of the Year competition — the largest annual contest for green coffee.

The chances of winning were very slim this year: Coffee producers from 26 countries submitted more than 250 entries from the 2011/2012 crop. Experienced judges cupped and thoroughly evaluated the sensory attributes of each sample.

Only 10 coffees are on the 2012 winners list. Take a moment to read it, and you’ll notice something remarkable: Three U.S. coffees — all from Ka’u — made the cut! We’re delighted to join the ranks with beans from Honduras, Colombia and Ethiopia.

Our entry, a washed Typica/Caturra blend, had a score of 86.47. Some of you have asked about its availability. (Thank you!) Alas, we’ve already sold the winning lot. But we’ll make an authentic reproduction of it next season.