We’re excited to announce the release of our roast of the incredible 2014 Rwanda Cup of Excellence. In March, we gave you the chance to taste NY-based Gimme! Coffee’s roast of this award-winning coffee. It was delicious. This month, we’ll introduce you to our own roast of the same coffee.
The official unveiling of Carrboro Coffee’s Rwanda Cup of Excellence roast will be April 16th at 7pm in the main room at Open Eye Cafe. Explore this delicious and rare coffee and enjoy a free screening of A Film About Coffee, a documentary that highlights the work Carrboro Coffee has been engaged in over the past 11 years.
There will be a very limited amount of our Rwanda COE roast available for purchase in whole bean or by the cup at both Caffe Driade and Open Eye Cafe following the release. It’s likely to go fast, so make sure to stop by and get a taste!
The Cup of Excellence award is the most prestigious award a coffee can earn. The program develops and promotes some of the most outstanding coffees in the world, encouraging the production of exemplary quality coffee while benefiting local economies at origin. The rigorous competition is open to any grower in the country, the winning coffees are sold through a worldwide online auction, and all profits are returned to the producing country, with a significant 83% of total auction proceeds returning straight to the farmer. Cup of Excellence award-winning coffees have secured record-breaking prices far above those typically offered, in direct connection to the superior quality of the coffee, and are often only available in small amounts.
This winning Rwanda COE was lot 27 from Murangara CWS, a Private Coffee Washing Station located in Muguba Sector, Karongi District in Western Province. The coffee washing station is very small scale, but has an important role in local communities because it generates jobs, providing income and social benefits to nearby residents. The coffee has a unique profile resulting from the topography conditions of the region. It is grown at 1500 to 1800masl Altitude, with Wet process and Natural sun drying. You can read more about the specifics here.
Carrboro Coffee Roasters president Scott Conary was honored to serve as a judge for the 2013 Rwanda Cup of Excellence competition, and is looking forward to returning this year in July! Read more about his experience in Rwanda in his “Field Report” for Barista Magazine here. It starts on page 34.
Scott and the rest of the Rwanda Cup of Excellence 2013 Judges Panel:
Scott with 2013 national cuppers:
Traditional dance performance as part of Cup of Excellence 2013 awards ceremony:
Scott with some of the children who received desks donated by him and other Cup of Excellence international judges:
Case Study: Cultivating Quality in Honduras through Relationship Coffee
…’Paz’s colleague on the other end of the chain is Scott Conary. In addition to being the head judge of barista competition at national & world stages, Scott is the buyer for Carrboro Coffee, his roasting company in North Carolina. he’s assembled a select group of farmers willing to invest in good production and build a closer relationship with the buyer, a hallmark of the direct trade movement or what Conary more intimately refers to as Relationship Coffee. Like a few of his colleagues he has built these relationships with families across Latin America. Carrboro stands out, however, with four Honduran farmers on their roster…’
Read more HERE
- Barista & Farmer, to be filmed In Honduras from February 1st thru the 10th.
Scott will be featured as the instructor in the afternoon education programs for the Baristas, teaching such classes as Roasting & Coffee Cupping.
10 Baristas, chosen from a pool of hundreds of applicants from around the world, will be tasked with working coffee farms alongside the very people whose life is built around growing the very coffee the Baristas love to brew.
They will be tasked with the daily tasks of harvest and processing and everything it takes to grow delicious high quality coffee – all on camera!
You can see the info on Barista selection here :Barista & Farmer Selection 2015
Various challenges will be setup for all, such as who can pick the most ripe coffee cherries, and other team building exercises.
The Show will take place in two areas of Western Honduras, known for high quality coffee, eco-tourism and intense beauty!
Capucas where the host is Cafe Capucas & Copan Ruinas, where the host is Welchez
Be sure to tune into to catch the action and get a glimpse of Scott in the coffee growing community!
Bearded Folk is the stage name for singer/songwriter Andrew Davidson. What began as an unbeatable beer pong team quickly turned into the name of a bedroom recording project that eventually blossomed into a one-man-band properly titled Bearded Folk. With a mix of kick-drum and tambourine and a splash of harmonica and a good helping of acoustic guitar with some singing in the middle Bearded Folk sounds like a 3-piece band or at least a really good 2-piece. But it’s not always necessary to sound like more than one person and when you really get to the bottom of it all, it comes down to a beard and a guitar, and that my friends is unbeatable.
Amazing trails to enjoy in a beautiful park…A fully supported race series with 2 distances to choose from, and sponsored by us with delicious hot coffee & awards!
Organized by the Trailheads Running group.
This will be the 10th year for the race, which has thus far raised over $50,000 for Little River Regional Park and for local trails.
Makes for a great new year goal!!!
Register at:Little River Trail Runs
We will be open the following hours over the Holidays:
Wednesday, December 24th – 7am to 5pm
Thursday, December 25th - CLOSED
Wednesday, December 31st – 7am to 5pm – New Years Eve
Thursday, January 1st, 2014 - 9am to 11pm
Please join me in channeling your Holiday shopping enthusiasm into SmallBusiness Saturday and a genuine commitment to Buy Local through the entire holiday season. Go into an actual store and pick it out yourself – the gift recipient and the local economy will appreciate it!