Carrboro Coffee Roasters President, Scott Conary, is gearing up for an exciting trip to Nicaragua this month! Scott is in charge of the National Cup Of Excellence (COE) program this year and will be spending the first week sorting through ~300 coffees submitted by farmers, to find the highest quality this harvest. After, he will visit Beneficio Segovias in the Segovias region to talk with the producer of our coffee El Aserradero (un Regalo de Dios), Luis Alberto Balladarez. Conary will then wrap up with a visit to Finca La Picona to continue to develop those direct relationships.
We're also excited to announce our continued support of the COE National Award program initiated last year, that acts as a development program for farmers. These are coffees that have been vetted multiple times but have just fallen short of achieving the distinction of COE (a score 86 or higher out of 100). However, these promising coffees are delicious and ripe for support, and the building of a relationship, which is our mission.
Currently 2 coffees from the most recent harvests are from this program:
- Finca La Cuesta - Mexico
- Finca San Isidro - El Salvador
Our determination is to continue to build off of this great start and develop sustainable long term relationships with these passionate producers.
And finally, Scott Conary recently sat down with WCHL's "This is Tourism" with Ron Stutts. Give it a listen here!