About COE Auctions

Cup of Excellence® Overview

Since 1999 The Alliance For Coffee Excellence has held the auctions for the award winning Cup of Excellence coffees. Buyers around the world compete for the honor to own and sell these unique coffees to their customers. These auctions have set the standard for the increased premiums that farmers have been able to receive for their exemplary coffees and have set the standard for transparency in pricing.

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Cup of Excellence® Coffee Selection Process

For more information about the competition and the selection process visit cupofexcellence.org

Cup of Excellence® Samples and Auction Registration

In order to order sample sets and register for a COE auction you need to become an ACE member and then purchases Cup of Excellence and/or ACE National Winner sample sets. Purchasing the samples also registers you for the COE auction or you can separately register for the auction only.

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Cup of Excellence® Auction Day

Before the auction day you will receive bidding instructions and bidding agreement to review and approve. At the scheduled date and time, you can go to the ACE site and place bids to purchase excellent coffee and reward farmers. The Cup of Excellence auction is a timed auction starting at a specific time and lasting a few hours until all coffees get at least 1 bid and 3 minutes pass with no new bid on any one auction lot.

Becoming a Winning Bidder in the Cup of Excellence® Auction

Once the auctions have ended the winning bidder will receive an email confirming you won the coffee and you will need to immediately start to coordinate payment and shipping with the exporter chosen for that country’s program. Detailed information about the bidding, buying and shipping process is sent to all registered bidders prior to the auction and bidders need to agree upon these conditions prior to bidding on the auction.

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2020 Auctions

Ethiopia

Ethiopia

COE: June 25
NW: June 22-26

Costa Rica

Costa Rica

COE: August 5th
NW: Aug. 3 – 21

Nicaragua

Nicaragua

COE: July 16
NW: July 13-31

Colombia

Colombia

COE: Nov. 19

Guatemala

Guatemala

COE: July 28
NW: July 20 – Aug. 7

Perú

Perú

COE: Dec. 3
NW: Nov. 30 – Dec. 14

El Salvador

El Salvador

COE: July 30
NW: July 27 – Aug. 14

Brazil

Brazil

COE: Dec 10
NW: Dec 9 – 14

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