PCCA Cupping Competition Winner

This year, one of the coffees we submitted to the PCCA’s Annual Cupping Competition took the crowd by storm and secured the top honors. You can read a transcribed version of the announcement below:


Pacific Coast Coffee Association

1350 Arnold Dr., Suite 106, Martinez, CA


Winning Coffee Announcement!

14th Annual Pete McLaughlin Cupping Competition

Featuring the Coffees of Colombia

The PCCA Coffee of the Year 2014!

The tradition of fantastic coffee and rich education continued this year at the PCCA cupping competition. The chosen origin this year was Colombia and it did not disappoint. Many exceptional coffees were submitted by importers and exporters worldwide for judgment.

This year’s top coffee honors go to:

Miriam Adriana Briñez Coffee

Las Lajas Farm

Submitted by: Walker Coffee Trading

Competition Coffee Sample  #8

Miriam Adriana Briñez bought Las Lajas farm 9 years ago. Running it as a family business, she manages the farm with her father, Jose Briñez, who acts as the farm administrator. When Miriam acquired the farm, conditions were poor: the coffee trees were very old and had been planted without any apparent thought to planning.

The Briñez family has been hard at work to improve conditions of the farm ever since. New farming techniques and technologies have been utilized to improve the quality and quantity of harvest, and the impact of the farm on the native environment has driven the implementation of sustainable practices.

The farm Las Lajas is located in the Tena municipality of Colombia in the department of Cundinamarca. This coffee is a mixture of the Castillo, Colombia, and Typica varietals. Produced on 1.8 hectares of land at roughly 6,000 ft, Las Lajas coffee’s main harvest goes from spring through early summer.


The winning cupper will be announced at the annual convention in September at

The Meritage Resort, Napa, CA!

A heartfelt thanks to all those who helped make this year’s cupping a success.

Thank you all for your continued support and involvement.

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