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Private Collection Auction with

Isla Custom Coffees

Hawaiian Specialty Coffee

This auction will be held in February 18, 2021
Sample Sets will be available for purchase starting in December

After almost a decade of sourcing Hawaiian specialty coffees for clients, Isla Custom Coffees has a deep network of farmers throughout the islands — and a track record of developing top-scoring beans in domestic and international cupping competitions. For this auction, Isla is working with about 15 of its best producers, including winners in the Roaster’s Guild Coffees of the Year Competitions (COTY), the Hawaii Coffee Association’s cupping competitions, and the Kona Coffee Festival Cupping Competitions. The expected result: about 15-20 auction lots grown in the Kona, Ka‘u, and Oahu regions. Featured varieties are Maragogype, SL34, Geisha, Yellow Caturra and Typica. Some will highlight innovative processing methods, such as anaerobic yeast fermentations dried as natural, honey, and washed coffees. The selection also will include certified-organic beans, as well as the producers’ best lots of traditional washed coffees.

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Coffee Selection Process

ACE and Isla will pre-select these lots in December, and the international phase will continue in January with sensory evaluation and judging. Due to the travel restrictions of the COVID-19 Pandemic, ACE has replaced the international jury phase of the auction competitions with Global Coffee Centers (GCCs) around the world to conduct remote jury scoring. The international jury will be comprised of professionals from around the world.

Auctioned Coffees

Below is a list of the coffees that will be judged and scored by our GCCs before going to the Private Collection Auction. 

Region
Farm
Variety
Process
Yeast
Ka’u
Rusty’s
Typica
Washed
No
Ka’u
Rusty’s Hawaiian
Typica
Honey
No
Ka’u
Rusty’s
Typica
Anaerobic Natural
Yes
Kona
Black Rock
Typica
Natural
Yes
Kona
Black Rock
Typica
Anaerobic Natural
Yes
Kona
Black Rock
Typica
Washed
No
Oahau
Waialua
Mokka Hybrid
Natural
Yes
Kona
Holualoa
Typica (Organic)
Anaerobic Washed
No
Kona
Uluwehi
Red Bourbon
Anaerobic Washed
Yes
Kona
Kona Farmer Direct
SL34
Washed
Yes
Ka’u
Miranda
Yellow Caturra
Natural
Yes
Ka’u
Miranda
Typica
Anaerobic Washed
Yes
Kona
Doug
Gesha
Natural
Yes
Kona
Kainaliu
Maragogype
Washed
No
Kona
Kainaliu
Typica
Typica Washed
No
Kona
Kainaliu
Maragogype
Anaerobic Honey
Yes
Puna
Arakawa Estate
Red Caturra / Typica
Anaerobic Washed
Yes
Ka’u
Rising Sun
Typica
Washed
No
Ka’u
Biason
Typica
Natural
Yes
Ka’u
Cylynn
Typica / Red Caturra
Washed
No
Kona
Hawaiian Queen
Typica
Washed
No
Ka’u
Mathias
Typica
Natural
Yes
Kona
Kona Rainforest
Typica (Organic)
Natural
No
Kona
Kona Rainforest
SL34 (Organic)
Washed
No

By pinpointing exceptional producers with the Private Collection program, ACE will curate auctions with organizations and farmers who best exemplify ACE’s standards with its Cup of Excellence programming and hopes to expand its reach with these curated auctions. 

To learn more about being on this jury, membership, and access to the Private Collection auctions, please reach out to ACE at [email protected]

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