Tasting notes

Green apple, caramel, melon, and banana; a very creamy, chardonnay-like mouthfeel. 

Background Info

1st place and 3rd place winners of Ecuador’s 2017 Taza Dorada Robusta.

Last July Ecuador held its second national specialty robusta cupping competition, Taza Dorada Robusta. We were honored that Paradise’s Miguel received an invitation to judge.

The winner was Angel Cleotildo Varela Arteaga, from Cochas de Betano, with an 84.30. 

Third place went to Mrs. Sofia Ruth Aguinda Andi, who is a member of the farmer organization Kallari Muskuy Warmi Wankurishka of Loreto. Sofia Aguinda is a Kichwa national of the Avila Huiruno community. Her lot scored an 84.00.

After over two decades of promoting Ecuador’s Taza Dorada Arabica - a competition akin to the Cup of Excellence - Anecafe, along with the Catholic Relief Services (CRS), initiated Ecuador’s first specialty Taza Dorada Robusta competition in 2016.  The project intends to build a new quality market for robusta coffee, yielding higher prices for farmers. Paradise Coffee Roasters paid over 2.5x the commodity price for these award-winning robusta coffees. And as climate change pushes arabica coffees out of reach for many Ecuadorian farmers, some now have a new diversification option: specialty robusta coffee.

We recommend brewing this great coffee via espresso and/or french press. Compare to our Ecuador Pinchincha bourbon Arabica.


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  • Continent: South America
  • Country: Ecuador
  • Farm: Ángel Cleotildo Varela Arteaga and Sofía Ruth Aguinda Andi
  • Process: Washed
  • Region: Sucumbios Province
  • Variety: Robusta

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