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Reimagining Cupping Competition Scoring, part 2: Defining the Winning Coffee.

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Reimagining Cupping Competition Scoring, part 2: Defining the Winning Coffee.

The blog was originally posted on Daily Coffee News on July 17, 2017. In part one of this series, I discussed some of the flaws in current competition scoring systems. One major flaw is that no system defines what a winning coffee is. In other words, nobody defines what a perfect, 100-point coffee should taste like. How can a winner be chosen if there is nothing to compare the sample to? How can a competitor know what coffee to submit if they don’t know what taste profile to aim for?   In the development of a new competition scoring system, I...

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Coffee Berry Borer, six and a half years on

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Coffee Berry Borer, six and a half years on

A few weeks ago, the Hawaii Department of Agriculture published a press release confirming that the coffee berry borer’s (Hypothenemus hempei, CBB) presence was confirmed on 2 farms on Maui.  While this news hit us pretty hard, it wasn’t particularly surprising.  CBB was first identified on Hawai‘i Island in September 2010.  About two years ago, it was detected on O‘ahu.  CBB has been here and on our radar for 6.5 years.  In that time, the industry responded in a predictable, perhaps even typical, way.  In the immediate aftermath, we discovered we were unprepared and shocked.  There was plenty of panic...

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