New York, October 17, 2019 – illycaffè – the global leader in high-quality, sustainably grown coffee, announced Rwanda’s Ngamba Coffee Washing Station owned by RWACOF “Coffee Lover’s Choice” at the fourth annual Ernesto Illy International Coffee Award, held yesterday night in New York City.
A separate “Best of the Best” honor was awarded to ‘Spirit of Peace Ex Combatants’ – Asacafè (represented by Carlos Arturo López Guarnizo and Oscar Rodrigo Campo Hurtado) from Columbia.
An independent jury of 9 top culinary and coffee connoisseurs from around the world gathered on October 15 for a series of blind coffee tastings, brewed individually from the harvests of nine different countries, to thoughtfully determine the best bean of the 2018-2019 season.
Twenty-seven top grower representatives from the nine countries including Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica; Ethiopia, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Nicaragua and Rwanda, were recognized and celebrated in New York City for their sustainable quality. Before being examined by the independent jury in New York, each lot was selected through intensive analysis at illy’s Quality Lab and then judged on aromatic richness/complexity, balance/elegance and aroma intensity/strength.
“It is an honor and a pleasure to recognize Rwanda’s Ngamba Coffee Washing Stations for their achievement, as well as applaud all of our finalists who are focused on producing the highest-quality coffee through sustainable methods,” said Andrea Illy, Chairman of illycaffè.
The Ernesto Illy International Coffee Award, named after illycaffè’s visionary, second-generation leader, celebrates the company’s hand-in-hand work with farmers for nearly 30 years to offer the best sustainably grown coffee to the world, as well as its commitment to improving the wellbeing of the world’s coffee growers.
The “Coffee Lover’s Choice” award, presented by illycaffè CEO Massimiliano Pogliani, was determined by a demanding jury of its own: more than 1,000 discerning visitors to flagship illy cafès locations in London, Milan, Paris, Shanghai and San Francisco.
In October 2018, Rwanda’s Ngororero Coffee Washing Station was awarded these two awards (Best of the Best and Coffee Lover’s Choice) at New York.
The Ernesto Illy International Coffee Award celebrates excellence in growing coffee beans of the highest quality through sustainable means to offer the best coffee to the world. The Ernesto Illy International Coffee Award celebrates excellence in growing coffee beans of the highest quality through sustainable means to offer the best coffee to the world.