Salvadoran Coffee Excels at Roasters Guild Retreat
Café de El Salvador participated for the second year in a row as a sponsor at the Roasters Guild Retreat’s eighth annual edition August 14-17th in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.
Roasters Guild is an association of roasters supported by the Specialty Coffee Association of America, which each year gathers roasters from all over the world for three days of activities focusing on education, interchange, debate and camaraderie around the art of coffee roasting.
One important aspect that characterizes this event is the absence of the “buy-sell factor,” making it a non-commercial activity with a more relaxed atmosphere. The Roastmaster Challenge Cup consisted of roasting the coffee in three machines assigned by the organizers and later were cupped by a panel of experts.
Four individual awards were given, as well as one for the winning team. The coffee used in the competition was a Salvadoran coffee of Bourbon variety from Finca Matalapa located in the Bálsamo-Quezaltepec range. The president of Roasters Guild, Tim Chapdelaine, said that using coffee from El Salvador exemplified its excellent potential.
This event is an excellent showcase of coffees for the industry, so the success and popularity among roasters for the Salvadoran golden grain is an asset to the Salvadoran coffee industry in general.