Coffees of the Year (COTY) Competition Now Accepting Submissions for 2012 Event

Roasters Guild Coffees of the Year (COTY) is a competition designed to recognize exceptional coffees from around the world. Winning coffees will be recognized at the farmer or producer group level (if multiple farmers contribute to the submission). Awards will be presented to designated representatives on behalf of the producer(s).

The 10 winners of this competition will be showcased in the Coffees of the Year Competition area in the Activities Hall. Elegantly set in a café like atmosphere, the COTY competition welcomes attendees to sample the world’s best coffees alongside the producers whose skill and dedication is unmatched in the industry.

Samples will be evaluated and winners determined prior to SCAA’s 24th Annual Exposition, The Event by grading teams comprised of Licensed SCAA/CQI Q Graders.

Evaluation of submissions will follow procedures according to SCAA Standards & Protocols and a coffee must pass SCAA green grading requirements, as outlined here, to move on to the cupping round. Coffees will be cupped and scored based on SCAA protocols for cupping coffee, then given a final accumulated score. Results of the top 10 coffees will remain confidential until they are announced immediately prior to The Event.

Roasters, importers, exporters and farmers may nominate coffees for submission. Although roasters, exporters or importers may assist with the application process, pay submission fees, and/or facilitate sample shipment, they will not receive awards for their nominations or logistical assistance. This award will be presented to the producer or producer group only.

We’ve made some exciting changes to the COTY program this year, so be sure to visit the COTY area in the Activities Hall at The Event. We encourage attendees to enjoy and celebrate the 10 coffees that earned this title of being among the Roasters Guild Coffees of the Year for 2011-2012. Please note that there will be no on-site voting for this competition at The Event in April.

HOW TO SUBMIT GREEN COFFEE TO THE COFFEES OF THE YEAR COMPETITION:

STEP 1. COMPLETE SUBMISSION FORM

STEP 2. SUBMIT PAYMENT
• Submission fee: $25 (member) / $75 (non-member) USD per sample. Submit your payment as soon as you complete your submission form.

STEP 3. SEND INITIAL COFFEE SAMPLE
• Submission deadline: MARCH 15, 2012 (COFFEE MUST BE RECEIVED AT SCAA BY THIS DATE)
• Submission quantity: An initial sample of 4 LBS (2 KG) should be sent to arrive before the deadline of March 15, 2012.
*PLEASE SEND GREEN COFFEE ONLY, NOT ROASTED OR PARCHMENT

SEND GREEN COFFEE SUBMISSIONS TO:
Specialty Coffee Association of America
Attn: Coffees of the Year Submission
330 Golden Shore, Suite 50
Long Beach, CA 90802

STEP 4: IF YOU ARE IN THE TOP 10, SEND ADDITIONAL COFFEE
Once the coffees have been evaluated, the primary contact for each of the top 10 coffees will be asked to send an additional 20 LBS (9KG) for on-site brewing at The Event. (Total submission quantity will be 24 LBS (11 KG) for the 10 winning coffees.)

Requests for additional coffee will be sent between MARCH 26 – MARCH 30, 2012. Shipping instructions will be sent at that time*. Coffee shipments must arrive at local Portland roaster (TBD) by APRIL 13, 2012. Please ensure that you have reserved enough coffee and put it aside for this additional shipment if your coffee is in the top 10.

* Please note that the second submission of coffee will be sent to a local Portland roaster, not SCAA headquarters.

Contact 562.624.4100 or info@scaa.org with any questions.