What fun it was. A week of competition. Lots and lots of cups of coffee, grinders, water being heated by gas burners and huge kettles. The SCAP team worked really hard as did all the cupping judges. At first, I thought they had an easy fun job. That perception did not last long. On your feet cupping coffee (often through lunch time) using your senses is both physically and emotionally draining. Q cuppers are a bunch of special individuals with more than good noses and well connected taste buds.
I learned a lot about coffee. Never had the opportunity to taste so many top coffees along side one another and to start to tease apart the differences was a very unique and fabulous thing for me. I was inspired by the Naturals. I did not think I liked naturals very much but some of these were delicate and not a hint of fermenting cow. Having been brought up in cow country most of the naturals I have ever tasted, even ones I liked, remind me of the smell of cow sheds.
Top honor Geisha washed went to Jackie Mercer, Finca Los Cantares. She is a very special warm lady who is not restricted by social convention and honestly it could not have gone to a better more talented involved and nicer person. That was the perfect ending. A win for her, for her values, for women and for Panama.