Illycaffè has announced the nine countries whose Arabica coffee will participate in October’s Ernesto Illy International Coffee Award.
The award, now in its third year, recognizes coffee growers who demonstrate excellence in achieving sustainable quality.
After sampling and analysis of Arabica beans from the 2017/2018 harvest at illycaffè’s Trieste, Italy quality labs, the following countries were named participants in the awards: Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, India, Nicaragua, and Rwanda.
illycaffè will bring a total of 27 growers (three per country) to New York City for a ceremony in the Delegates Room at the United Nations on 4 October 2018, following an expert jury’s evaluation of beans in three different preparations, espresso, drip and cold brew, where nine ‘Best of the Best’ finalists will be announced.
All 27 growers and their countries will be honoured at a gala in the Rockefeller Center’s Rainbow Room. There, a ‘Best of the Best’ winner will be announced from among the nine finalists and a ‘Coffee Lovers’ Choice’ award will be conferred on the grower whose beans were voted best by consumers.