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Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms in Peru and Kenya earned top scores at the Rainforest Alliance’s December Cupping for Quality, held at the Specialty Coffee Association of America Lab in Long Beach, California. The Rainforest Alliance’s biannual cupping events recognize farmers for their hard work in producing high quality sustainable coffee.

A total of 45 coffee samples from eight origins were submitted, including the debut of coffees from the Karatu and Kilimanjaro regions of Tanzania. The highest score -- 87.9 points -- went to Tunki, a two acre farm located in the Puno region of Peru. Over 95 percent of the samples scored above 80, the threshold for the designation of ‘specialty coffee’ -- a clear indication that sustainable farming practices can contribute to the production of high-quality coffee.

“It’s only natural that Rainforest Alliance Certified farms would produce more and better quality coffee,” said Maya Albanese, event hostess and coordinator of the Sustainable Agriculture Division at the Rainforest Alliance. “When you improve workers’ conditions and livelihoods, farms become more productive. When you reduce waste, energy consumption, and agrochemical usage, you increase soil quality and biodiversity, thereby facilitating the production of a better crop.”

Top Ten Scoring Coffees:

Tunki, Peru  87.92

Deep River, Kwanyoka Estate, Kenya  86.06

Ururi, Peru 85.25

Mihando, Kenya 85.19

Madan Coffee Plantation, Papua New Guinea 84.56

Githaka, Kenya 84.50

Kihuri Estate, Kenya 84.41

Machure Estate, Kenya 84.33

Muthaite, Kenya 84.31

Parry Estate, Kona Gold Coffee Plantation, USA (Hawaii) 84.25

Highest Scoring Farms By Country:

- Brazil :

83.55 - Fazenda Baú I- Grupo Mogyana de Certificação RAS - Stockler

83.52 - Fazenda São João Grande e Dona Neném

83.23 - Fazenda São Lourenço / Comercial Mineira S/A

- USA - Hawaii:

84.25 - Parry Estate, Kona Gold Coffee Plantation

84.13 - Parry Estate, Kona Gold Coffee Plantation

- Indonesia:

81.97 - PT. Menacom-Pante Raya

81.92 - Asmoro

80.78 - Pedamaran Plantation, PT. Toarco Jaya

- India:

83.83 - Aljasri

83.78 - Margolly Estate

83.05 - Karadibetta Estate

- Kenya:

86.06 - Deep River, Kwanyoka Estate

85.19 - Mihando

84.50 - Githaka

- Peru:

87.92 - Tunki

85.25 - Ururi

83.03 - AAchamal

- Papua New Guinea:

84.56 - Madan Coffee Plantation

81.14 - Madan Coffee Plantation

- Tanzania:

84.17 - Ngila Estate Ltd

83.86 - Ngila Estate Ltd 1

82.56 - Machare Estate

To see the full results from the December 2011 Cupping for Quality, please visit:

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A panel of 17 expert cuppers, representing coffee importers, roasters, and retailers large and small in North America, evaluated the profile of the coffees according to aspects such as aroma, acidity, uniformity, and balance.

The samples were roasted and cupped by Rocky Rhodes of International Coffee Consulting, Ted Vautrinot of Kean Roasters, and Andrew Phillips of Rose Park Roasters.

The cupper team included:

   * Shawn Hamilton, Lead Cupper & VP of Plant Operations, Java City
   * Jeffrey Chean, Groundwork Coffee
   * Trish Rothgeb, Wrecking Ball Coffee
   * Darrin Daniel, Allegro Coffee Company
   * Adam Kline, Atlantic Specialty Coffee / ECOM
   * Michael C. Boyd, Boyd’s Coffee Company
   * Alexandra Katona, Coffee Quality Institute
   * Kika Miramontes, InterAmerican Coffee
   * Ian Kluse, Olam Americas
   * Patrick Russell, Second Cup
   * Fernando Seminario, Sustainable Harvest
   * Dane Loraas, Sustainable Harvest
   * Stephen Leach, Maranatha Import Export Pty Ltd.
   * David Sager, Maranatha Import Export Pty Ltd.

Cupper Steve Leach stated that Rainforest Alliance certification is a “win-win for all partners in the supply chain. The producers get a better price, there’s less risk of quality problems at the exporter/importer level and the roaster is better assured of receiving the quality contracted for. Being involved in a sustainable program helps ensure that we will have continued access to the product our customers expect.”

The Rainforest Alliance Cupping for Quality takes place twice a year to accommodate various coffee harvest cycles around the world. On March 28-30, 2012, a new set of certified coffees from regions including Central and South America will be evaluated during the Spring Cupping event.

To learn more about Rainforest Alliance Certified™ coffee and how certification benefits coffee farming communities, please visit www.sealyourcup.org.


The Rainforest Alliance works with people whose livelihoods depend on the land, helping them transform the way they grow food, harvest wood and host travelers. From large multinational corporations to small, community-based cooperatives, businesses and consumers worldwide are involved in the Rainforest Alliance’s efforts to bring responsibly produced goods and services to a global marketplace where the demand for sustainability is growing steadily. For more information, visit www.rainforest-alliance.org.

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