Hawaii Coffee Association

Statewide Cupping Competition
Aloha, Hawaii Coffee Growers!

The Hawaii Coffee Association invites you to enter our 12th Statewide Cupping Competition & HCA’s 1st Remote Cupping Competition.

Submit your best samples to have them professionally evaluated and scored! Engage in a friendly competition with your fellow producers to help raise the bar for Hawaii-grown coffee!

NOTE: Registration closes on May 14.
Competition Registration
The Hawaii Coffee Association has again partnered with Pacific Coffee Research to administer our first remote cupping competition. PCR has developed alternative methods to engage the Hawai’i Coffee community in a remote cupping competition that employs important safety precautions, guidelines, and mandatory obligations set by SCA, CDC, and Federal and State Governments.

PCR has selected a panel of Hawai'i-based licensed Q Graders to assess roasted coffee samples using SCA protocol and methodology over three (Pre-screening, Semi-Final, and Final) rounds in their own socially-distant cupping labs. PCR will roast, encode and distribute samples to the cupping panelists. Each are required to have appropriate tools, resources, and a facilitator to set up the cupping tables and perform cupping analysis following all current SCA parameters.

The cupping panel will evaluate samples on identical timelines in individual labs. They will meet via Zoom to deliberate scores to ensure calibration using the SCA cupping methodology and scoring format. PCR will use Cropster for collating cupping scores and notes in real time, ensuring speed and accuracy in the tallying of results. Cupping reports for each submission will be released to entrants shortly after scores are announced at the Virtual HCA Conference in June. To learn more about PCR visit their website.

Submission period will close on May 14. Entry fee is $50 per sample.

For more information and rules on this year's cupping competition, click here.

Thank you for your support of Hawaii Coffee! 

Christopher A. Manfredi
Hawaii Coffee Association

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