From September 19-21, international coffee buyers, experts and producers from around the world gathered in Guayaquil, Ecuador at the international coffee and cacao expo Aromas of Ecuador. Coffee export company Escoffee, founded by EARTH graduate Miguel Rendón Fontaine (‘97, Ecuador), received the prestigious Golden Cup Award, marking the coffee as the best in quality and flavor in the entire country.
Coffee producer José María Encalada Flores grew the winning batch of beans organically on his farm in the Loja region in Ecuador. The coffee earned 87 out of 100 points, the highest score reached in the last seven years of the competition.
The Loja region is largely dedicated to growing coffee, and this award could lead to increased production and income for producers.
Escoffee exports their premium coffee to 15 countries around the world, and hopes to share their achievement with their customers by launching a limited edition Golden Cup Anniversary blend of the prize-winning beans.
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