The National Coffee Association of Guatemala (Anacafé) and Alliance for Coffee Excellence (ACE) are launching the second edition of the ‘One of a Kind’ Guatemala auction, marking the auction’s first Private Collection Auction instalment.
With the goal of expanding market access for producers while showcasing Guatemala’s innovative nano and micro-lots, the One of a Kind auction, taking place on 28 July, will help to introduce lesser-known quality producers to the world.
“The dedication and experience of the producers who grow these coffees under shade, the hand picking of each coffee cherry at the exact point of maturity, microclimates, types of soil, altitudes in mountainous and volcanic areas, combine to produce one of the best coffees in the world – coffees from Guatemala,” says Ana Lucrecia Glaesel, Marketing Coordinator of Anacafé.
One of a Kind aims to directly link producers of exceptional coffee. The auction is vetted by an in-person national and international jury in Guatemala through a strict protocol of evaluation, with buyers at an international level, and at prices well above those that can be obtained in the international coffee market.
“We identify as an innovation process all practices carried out after the collection of the fruit, ending with a washed parchment coffee, honey or dried cherry (natural), which is made intentionally in order to develop complex or exotic flavours and aromas in the cup, produced in a natural biochemical way,” says Juan Luis Barrios, President of Anacafé.
The auction is open to producers registered in Anacafé who have a coffee lot of four to nine boxes of 30 kilograms and do not require a producer or exporter license. The aim is to create a more inclusive auction and give more market access opportunities to small coffee farmers.
In the first phase of the auction, Anacafé aims to receive coffee samples from all over the country. The top 15 coffees with scores of more than 86 points will be selected and auctioned on 28 July at an opening price of US$5.00 per pound.
The preselection round will run from 25 to 29 April, the national round from 16 to 20 May and the international round from 6 to 9 June.
Anacafé invites importers, coffee roasters and coffee shops to participate as buyers in this exclusive auction.
Sample sets will be available for pre-sale at a $190 “early bird” price until 1 June, then the price will change to $250.
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