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I slacked off after my quadruple header of Central Cup of Excellences (sp?) and never put the pictures up. Well, I don't always make travelogues. If I take pictures I usually edit them, write something and put them up. But 4 competitions in a row (actually, 5 counting Panama) that's just too much!

Boogie Fever! Click for the action movie!

Anyway, Salvador was the second to last. We were sequestered at a resort on the coast, The Decameron . Sounds pretty nice, eh? Well, I like to be out and about more, and it was a little like prison (maybe a white collar prison).

In fact, there was torture involved: the entertainment. Things like mandatory dance contests and such ... humiliating and embarrassing, and even worse because you are supposed to enjoy it, and you're not.

Even more, you feel like a bad guest because you are not having fun. Anyway, after cupping, there was a nice pool, and we played some fun beach volleyball - a good way to get excess caffeine out of your system. Oh, the other problem: a bunch of US Coast Guard on leave came in, and made big fools of themselves ... not all of them, but some of them.

COE Winner 2006 ...And the winner is ... Alfred Hitchcock. (Uncanny!)

They terrorized the staff, broke signs and mirrors, just the kind of things young drunk people do. Now, if we were off ion the coffee areas for the cupping, the chances of getting penned in with a bunch of drunk Coasties, and being forced to embarrass yourself in front of everyone for entertainment ... well, chances would be slim.

 

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The Welcome Bear : Favorite wood bear/ door stop
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Tim Chapdelaine aims for with cup with a mouthload of spit. Isn’t cupping glamorous? Tim hails from Minnesota, wrks for Volcafe, and is none to take pause between his many long, entertaining, fabulations.

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Mark Zwahl is a roaster from Lawrence Kansas, on both his first trip to origin and his forst Cup of Excellence. That is not an easy task. As an interesting subplot, he got West Nile right in his own Kansasian (?) backyard several years ago!

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Ms Yuko Yamada Itoi from Times Club is one of the nicest, quietest cuppers, but when she likes a coffee she has no problem standing aginst the group and explaining its qualities!

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Trish Skeie – I cam only hope I spelled her name correctly. Trish is the green coffee buyer for Zoka Coffee Roasters in Seattle, and one of the people I was really looking forward to meeting on this trip. She has years of roasting, barista, and green buying experience in both the US and Norway, and is one of the most down-to-earth people you will meet in coffee. But remember Trish, you owe me – I took the Hula bullet for you!

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Mix a Kiwi and a Churasqeuria Brazil Style and you have Marco, New Zealander from Sao Paolo. He also plays some mean beach volleyball.

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Cupping room madness at the Del Cameron Resort.  All in all, what a great place to hold a coffee event. For those of us who know El Salvador, who have experience with the mills and the farms, it was a wonderful change. For first time jurors, well … it’s better when the event is held in the middle of coffee farms rather than on a resort-compound. The facilities were great for cupping though, and everything went very smoothly. If I don’t have a chance to mention it again, the roasting of the samples was PERFECT.

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A trip to a mill. A trip to a wacky waterslide park.  Must they be mutually exclusive? Well, next year they will add a race track, and you have an obscene combination of good times for the kinds and the agriculture industry. Galicia Parque Acuatico. The power switches for the mill equipment at Galicia Parque Acuatico.

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Plastic birds. They were everywhere. Can’t fool me though.

No disrepect, but in general the national anthems in C America are about 38 minutes long. And they keep faking you out. There’s part 1, then it switches gear into part 2, then by chorus 28, stanza 14 you are about to keel over.

And the winner is …Alfred Hitchcock! There was something incredibly uncanny about that coffee. In fact, I wrote “McGuffin” on the cupping form, without really knowing why. Suddenly it all made sense.

The press descends.

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The hand sorting room. The coffee is quite low grown so I am  not sure what the point is of extra preparation.

 

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Kentaro Maruyama, natural comedian, heretofore referred to as KMAR. Here he sticks his hand into a primitive 10 Lb Pinhalense propane roaster from Brazil,

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As mentioned, the roasting was excellent, and here you can see the detailed roasting log kept for each sample. I took a picture of this when Jorge, in charge of the technical aspects the coffee association, wasn’t looking.

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Oh god, it’s Luau night.. No good can come from this… Yes, no good at all. Thankfully there are no pictures of me (center) stripped to the waist, doing my version of the hula, which was basically (as a form of mocking the whole %#$ing thing) a robot dance followed b y my version of a narcoleptic seizure on the ground. Remember fellow cuppers, I took one for the group. I paid my dues, you all owe me!

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Tineke was a real sweetheart, working for a company that pays equal attention to cigars, tea and coffee. My only question about her: how can a fine lady like this from northern Europe have a tan 10x darker than an outdoorsy guy like me from Cali? Hmmmm….

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At the awards, we have one Bill Swoope, looking like he wants to kick the photographers butt, Cy from Monmouth, and John from Kaffa in Holland.

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D-Dawg making like  automaton. Duane from Stumptown, Portland

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Leah, the one with the biting wit (but you can’t hide it, she’s a sweetheart).

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Of course, KMAR and TBONE (me) had our moments. I don’t know what I did wrong but he kept saying “I won’t wait for my Coffee Yakuza, I Karate your ass right NOW!”

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Plastic birds. They were everywhere. Can’t fool me though.

IMG_4623No disrepect, but in general the national anthems in C America are about 38 minutes long. And they keep faking you out. There’s part 1, then it switches gear into part 2, then by chorus 28, stanza 14 you are about to keel over.

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And the winner is …Alfred Hitchcock! There was something incredibly uncanny about that coffee. In fact, I wrote “McGuffin” on the cupping form, without really knowing why. Suddenly it all made sense.

The press descends.

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Now here's how things came out, and the pictures are below:

Winning Farms
NO MUESTRA NOTA PRODUCTOR FINCA CANTON VARIEDAD my score
1 HLB-609 94.00 ORTIZ BARRIERE, S.A. DE C.V. LAS MERCEDES EL TIGRE Bourbon Cultivar 94.00
2 HLB-610 93.52 SERGIO EDMUNDO TICAS REYES LOS PLANES LOS PLANES Pacamara 96.00
3 HLB-622 91.46 RAUL OCHOA HERNANDEZ - JOSE ARNULFO MONTIEL LA MONTA¥A EL TUNEL Pacamara 92.00
4 HLB-619 91.20 PACVIL, S.A. DE C.V. SANTA SOFIA PALO DE CAMPAN Bourbon Cultivar 88.00
5 HLB-607 91.13 OSCAR MAGAÑA MONTENEGRO LA REFORMA Bourbon Cultivar 92.00
6 HLB-614 90.20 PATRICIA MOLINA BATTLE EL ANGEL OCHUPSE ARRIBA Bourbon Cultivar 87.00
7 HLB-601 89.72 HIMALAYA, S.A. DE C.V. SANTA MARIA TALTAPANCA Bourbon Cultivar 92.00
8 HLB-624 89.39 AGROINVERSIONES SALBA, S. A. DE C. V. SANTA JULIA I EL PORVENIR, VA Bourbon Cultivar 90.00
9 HLB-625 89.02 AGROINVERSIONES SALBA, S. A. DE C. V. SANTA JULIA II EL PORVENIR,VAL Bourbon Cultivar 85.00
10 HLB-605 88.48 AGROINVERSIONES SALBA, S. A. DE C. V. SANTA ELENA JUAN HIGINIO Bourbon Cultivar\Paca 85.00
11 HLB-606 88.26 JUAN DUCH MARTINEZ EL CARMEN POTRERO GRAND Bourbon Cultivar 85.00
12 HLB-627 86.94 GUSTAVO E.URRUTIA POLANCO Y CIA.DE CV Y RL COM. SI EL ZAPOTE CUYANAUSUL Pacamara 91.00
13 HLB-621 86.57 CHANTUC, S.A. DE C.V. MALACARA LOTE B BUENOS AIRES Bourbon Cultivar\Paca 82.00
14 HLB-615 86.54 ANTONIO RENE AGUILAR LEMUS LA MONTA¥ITA EL TUNEL Bourbon Cultivar 91.00
15 HLB-602 86.22 F.A. PACAS Y CIA EL RETIRO BUENOS AIRES Bourbon Cultivar 97.00
16 HLB-629 86.22 CARMEN DUCH MARTINEZ FATIMA POTRERO GRAND Bourbon Cultivar 90.00
17 HLB-616 85.63 GUSTAVO ENRIQUE MAGAÑA DE LA TORRE LA GUERRA (TABLON LA GUERRA 1) SAN RAMON Bourbon Cultivar 85.00
18 HLB-620 85.63 ROSA MERCEDES GARCIA DE RODRIGUEZ LAS MERCEDES BUENOS AIRES Bourbon Cultivar 80.00
19 HLB-604 85.59 OPERACIONES MULTIPLES, S.A. DE C.V. LAS VICTORIAS SUNTECUMAT Bourbon Cultivar\Paca 88.00
20 HLB-613 85.54 CARLOS ROBERTO SALINAS MAGAÑA E TRAPICHE PALO VERDE Bourbon Cultivar 80.00
21 HLB-618 85.46 MARIA ALICIA CASTILLO DE MAGAÑA EL CASHAL SUNTECUMAT Bourbon Cultivar 83.00
22 HLB-603 85.24 LILIANA AMALIA HERRERA CORNEJO DE URRUTIA MONTE SION TAPACUM Bourbon Cultivar 85.00
23 HLB-617 84.83 MARGARITA LUCIA DIAZ DE LOPEZ EL MANZANO LAS CRUCES Bourbon Cultivar 79.00
The Jury of Cuppers 
Name Country Company
Head Judge
Sherri Johns USA ACE
North America
Darren Daniel USA Allegro Coffee Co.
Duane Sorenson USA Stumptown Coffee
Jayson North USA PTs Coffee Co.
Tim Chapdelaine USA Volcafe Specialty Coffee
Geoff Watts USA Intelligentsia
Trish Skeie USA Zoka Coffee Roaster & Tea Co.
Mark Zwahl USA Z's Divine Espresso
Ruben Sagastume USA Condaxis Coffee & Tea Inc.
Bill Swoope USA The Coffee Tree Roasters
Tom Owen USA Sweet Maria’s Coffee
Europe
Tsy Toquica UK Monmouth Coffee Company
Sanna Joutsijoki Finland Mokkamestarit Oy
Tineke Jansen Netherlands De Eenhoorn Koffie en thee
John Moore Norway Kaffa AS
Asia
Kentaro Maruyama Japan Maruyama Coffee
Yuko Yamada Itoi Japan Time’s Club Inc.
Keizo Sato Japan Wataru & Co., Ltd.
Masahisa Asano Japan TOA Coffee., Ltd.
Leah Warren Malaysia San Francisco Coffee
Central America
Jorge Escobar El Salvador Salvadoran Coffee Council
Mario Paiz El Salvador UNEX S.A.
Aldo Ruffatti El Salvador Coop. Los Ausoles
Lorena Pacas El Salvador El Borbollón
South America
Marco Kerkmeester Brazil Santo Grâo Café
Observers
Keita Matsumoto Japan Wataru & Co., Ltd.
Yoshinobu Arakawa Japan The Coffee Beans