Private Collection Auction with

Qima Coffee

Yemeni Specialty Coffee

The Auction will be September 10th, 2020

This September, ACE will be hosting the second Private Collection Auction in partnership with Qima Coffee, who is solely focused on farmer identified nano lots from Yemen, for the benefit of the Yemen high quality smallholder famers.

Qima works directly with Yemeni growers and works directly with smallholder farmers across central and northern Yemen, creating equitable trade in cultivating and hand harvesting specialty coffee sourced from some of Yemen’s highest altitudes. Founded in 2016 by Faris Sheibani, Qima Coffee’s core purpose is to rebuild Yemen’s specialty coffee industry. Qima has pledged to donate 10% of its annual profits to education and agricultural projects through their Qima Foundation. Founder and CEO, Faris Sheibani states, “Qima Coffee’s partnership with ACE marks a momentous milestone in Yemen’s specialty coffee industry. Sourcing coffees from thousands of smallholder farmers across the country, including many previously untouched regions, we are excited to offer the widest and finest range of coffees ever to have left Yemen’s shores. The Yemen Coffee Revolution is well and truly here. We invite you to be a part of that revolution.” This auction is open to non-members and members.



Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the 2020 Qima Private Collection Auction will have invited jurists, in what we have coined as Global Coffee Center’s, around the world. These leading coffee buyers and experts in sensory analysis will use our new protocols to ensure we have a consistent competition using our cupping form in a safe and sanitary setting. In addition to our own center here in Portland, Oregon, we will have jurists from South Korea, China, United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, Germany, Taiwan, Switzerland, UAE, Kuwait, USA, Greece, Japan, and Qatar.


Samples and registrations are available for purchase to anyone who is interested. You do not need to be an ACE member.

This year we will have a limited amount of samples sets, so be sure to order your set soon!


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 Qima jury, membership and access to the Qima Private Collection auction, please reach out to ACE at [email protected]

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