September 1, 2011 – I had the pleasure of being a judge for one of the regional competitions of the Concurso Cafe Qualidade Parana, an annual competition with the intent if selecting the best lot of coffee within the State of Parana. This particular competition was for the region surrounding Santo Antonio da Platina
The cupping lasted all day, from around 9am until 7pm, with 4 tables of 12-15 coffees each, divided into natural, pulped natural, and microlot (10 bags or less). Some interesting coffees on the table, though I admit that I struggled a bit given that the roast was light and that there was some confusion on whether to use BSCA or SCAA cupping protocol. (We ended up using BSCA to conform with the regulations of the competition.) There were several interesting coffees, with a papaya-like sweetness sometimes, and other times, especially in the pulped naturals, a dulce de leche-like sweetness (oddly enough it reminded me of dairy, but not in a negative may, more like condensed milk).
Here are the results:
Natural Coffee: José Aparecido Batista from the town of Carlópolis
Pulped Natural: Luiz Boranell from the town of Curiuva
Micro-producer: Antonio Faustino de Oliveira Filho from Santo Antônio da Platina
Short write up about contest (Portuguese):
A região de Santo Antônio da Platina também apresentou na tarde desta sexta-feira seus vencedores regionais, durante solenidade ocorrida na FrutFest em Carlópolis. Dentre os 90 competidores de 12 municípios, venceu na categoria café cereja descascado Luiz Boranelli, de Curiuva, no café natural foi José Aparecido Batista de Carlópolis e Antonio Faustino de Oliveira Filho de Santo Antônio da Platina é o campeão do Café da Agricultura Familiar da Pequena Propriedade.
The final will be held this November in the city of Apucarana, Parana.