Alliance for Coffee Excellence (ACE)
Alliance for Coffee Excellence (ACE) is a nonprofit, global membership organization that upholds the highest standards in specialty coffee through their program Cup of Excellence. ACE is currently based in Portland, Oregon, USA and provides exceptional service to its members, who span more than fifty countries, uniting coffee professionals and supporters who are passionate about quality coffee and empowering specialty coffee producers. ACE’s mission is to discover and reward exceptional quality coffee farmers. They create and set worldwide quality selection standards, build a bridge between the roaster and the farmer, and support sustainable specialty coffee.
Cup of Excellence was born in 1999 at the end of a global project designed to help farmers receive more money for their high-quality coffee. For all its known impact and its international recognition, the development of COE and especially its transparency to the farmers had huge push back and challenges in funding. Critical early support by lifetime members and higher quality roasters set the foundation for the expansion of Cup of Excellence into multiple coffee producing countries. Presently 11 coffee producing nations rely on Cup of Excellence to discover and reward their top coffee farmers and help develop long term marketplace relationships so critical to sustainable economic development.
DABOV Specialty Coffee is an ACE member since 2012. Jordan Dabov was a jury member in COE In Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama, Nicaragua and Honduras.
Coffees awarded on COE in DABOV Specialty Coffee’s catalogue
2015 г. – 32 nd place in COE Costa Rica 2015 – finca Dona Ileana, Costa Rica Dona Ileana СОЕ #32 2015, 85,68 points 2016 г. – 1 st place in СОЕ Guatemala
2016 – finca Calibus La Siera, Guatemala Calibus La Siera СОЕ #1 2016, 92,09 points 2017 г. – 16 th place in СОЕ Costa Rica
2017 – finca Dona Ileana, Costa Rica Dona Ileana СОЕ #16 2017, 88,24 points
2017 г. – 7th place in СОЕ Brazil 2017 – fazenda Sitio do Bone, Brazil Sitio do Bone СОЕ #7 2017, 89,43 points
2018 г. – 6th place in СОЕ Nicaragua 2018 – finca La Virgen, Nicaragua La Virgen СОЕ #6 2018 89,55 points
2018 г. – 1st place in СОЕ Brazil 2018, Pulped Natural – fazenda Paraiso, Brazil Paraiso sСОЕ #1 2018, 93,26 points
Best of Panama
The Panamanian Association of Special Coffees (SCAP) was born in 1996. Currently, SCAP has more than 50 active members that export its varieties of Special Coffees around the world and that are winners of prizes and recognition in different international taste competitions. Once a year SCAP organizes its own COE – Best of Panama (BOP), which in 2018 celebrated its 22nd edition. The event consists of competition among the best coffees in Panama, which are mostly from the superb Geisha variety. Since 1996, the Best of Panama represents the opportunity for local estates to promote the quality of their harvests, as this competition is overseen and judged by national and international experts in the specialty coffee industry.
In 2018, Jordan Dabov gained the privilege to be among the judges in BOP.
Coffees awarded on BOP in DABOV Specialty Coffee’s catalogue
2018 – 16th place, Geisha Washed category – Lot Dona Elvira, Dona Elvira – Geisha Washed #16 BOP 2018, 94,5 points
Oro de Santa Barbara
Oro de Santa Barbara (OSB), Honduras, is a regional coffee competition in conjunction with the Coffee Festival of Santa Barbara, Honduras. It was organized by Honduras Coffee Innovation (HCI) and first held during April 25 and 28, 2018. Oro de Santa Barbara competition and auction aims to facilitate international market access for small and medium-sized producers producing top-quality coffee throughout the country. Santa Barbara is one of the most well-known coffee areas in Honduras.
Jordan Dabov was invited to be among the judges in OSB.
Coffees awarded on OSB in DABOV Specialty Coffee’s catalogue
2017 – Finca Ventura, Honduras Ventura, 87,5 points 2017 – Finca Valentina, Honduras Finca Valentina, 86,42 and 83,17 points
Project Origin was created by Ona Coffee owner and 2015 barista champion Sasha Sestic. At Project Origin they work directly with
DABOV Specialty Coffee works with Project Origin since 2015.
Coffees from Project Origin in DABOV Specialty Coffee’s catalogue:
2016 – Ethiopia Kochere, Colombia Valencia, Panama Gran Del Val, Rwanda Shangi
2017 – Indonesia Blue Flores , El Salvador Los Pirineos