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We are still committed to farmers during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

We will be continuing to support farmers around the world with our auctions. We have enabled contingency plans that allow us collect and evaluate the coffee with new, safer protocols. Learn more about the steps we’re taking here.

We are not currently hosting International Juries, but when we do, we will take into consideration the members who have continued their support through 2020 and 2021.

Membership Levels

Community Member


  • Community members can choose which sample sets and registrations they’d like to purchase
  • $245 discount off SET courses
  • 10-15% sponsor discounts
  • Can register for 2021 (1 year) or 2021-2023 (3 year)

Allied Member


  • Allied members register for 3 full sample sets (COE & National Winner)
  • $245 discount off SET courses
  • 10-15% sponsor discounts
  • Medium custom engraved plaque

Benefactor Member


  • Benefactor members receive all remaining COE and National Winner sample sets
  • $345 discount off SET courses
  • 15-20% sponsor discounts
  • Large custom engraved plaque

Membership Benefits

We are a family of global coffee lovers that supports the Cup of Excellence Program. Together we:


Join Our Cause

The Alliance for Coffee Excellence (ACE) is a family of global coffee lovers. We auction unique coffees while recognizing and rewarding the farmers. For over 20 years, we’ve been creating and setting worldwide quality selection standards and building bridges between roasters and the farmers.

We support sustainable specialty coffee.

All ACE members receive a welcome packet with the 2021 ACE Magazine, a personalized membership certificate, access to our farm directory with 20 years of historical auction data, and more.

See What Our Members are Saying

  • “We have been fortunate to be able to purchase COE winner lots and bring them to our corner of Europe...Sharing these exclusive coffees with other coffee enthusiasts is one of the best parts of our day.”

    Jordan Dabov DABOV SPECIALTY COFFEE - Sofia, Bulgaria
  • "COE has always played a huge role in our company. Our goal is to buy a lot from every auction and attend as many juries as possible. We would like our baristas and customers to enjoy the great quality of COE coffee, both served in our stores as black coffee and by the bag to bring back home."

    Synøve Nesøen KAFFEBRENNERIET - Oslo, Norway
  • “I respect ACE since the top of the specialty coffees are rewarded and available for me to buy. I could not find them if the competition did not exist.”

    Nikos Psomas MOKKA COFFEE - Athens, Greece
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