When we say 'WHICH AREA IS THIS COFFEE FROM' in the quiz, we are referring to the general CONTINENTAL AREA as defined below.
NORTH AMERICA: Hawaii, California, Mexico
CENTRAL AMERICA: Costa Rica El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama
SOUTH AMERICA: Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela
EAST AFRICA: Burundi, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia
CENTRAL AFRICA: Democratic Republic of the Congo
*due to the geographical location of Yemen on the Arabian Peninsula, we accept AFRICA as the 'AREA' in the quiz.
SOUTHEAST ASIA: Indonesia (Bali, Java, Sulawesi, Sumatra), Laos, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Vietnam
EAST ASIA: China
SOUTH ASIA: India
WESTERN ASIA: Yemen
OCEANA: Australia, Papua New Guinea
/ HONEY VS. NATURAL + IDENTIFYING RWANDA Smayah Uwajeneza
Smayah Uwajeneza teaches us about Honey vs. Natural coffees, and tells us a LOT about Rwanda coffees.
Smayah Uwajeneza: "Coffee has given me a professional focus. I feel proud, inspired, connected, and strengthened through it. I am a young, passionate coffee girl, who wants to inspire others to dream more, do more, and become more as a coffee leader. I want to see long-lasting change around me by helping people around me be better. My role is to create achievable milestones along the route to a world where every cup of coffee has a positive impact on people behind the coffee, And I hope my community see me leading the fight to forge the futures for Rwandan society through coffee."
/ IDENTIFYING ECUADOR
Camila was born and raised in Ecuador, and is sharing her knowledge with us on Ecuadorian coffees 🇪🇨👀
Passionate about flavors and aromas, Camila (@concaradecafe) a certified Arabica Q Grader and a WBC Sensory Judge, as well as Head Judge in Ecuador's Barista Championship. She is a green coffee buyer and former Quality Coordinator for Caravela Coffee Ecuador. Founder of Botanica (@botanicaquito) and currently collaborating as a fellow with The Chain Collaborative.
/ IDENTIFYING PHILIPPINE COFFEE
Iona + Paolo Fresnoza
Iona & Paolo are doing a deep dive on Philippine coffee 💜🇵🇭
Iona & Paolo are the wife and husband team behind Kapé Coffee (@kape.coffee), a social enterprise for award-winning coffee grown by Indigenous and women coffee farmers in the Philippines. Their journey began at a café in 2005 and have since brewed countless cups of coffee together.
Kapé promotes sustainable livelihoods through its farmer-first philosophy, bringing some of the most unique and flavourful coffees from the Philippines' highlands to Canada and beyond. Kapé's specialty coffee transforms livelihoods and celebrates Filipino heritage.
/ IDENTIFYING ORIGIN
Trailhead Coffee Roasters
Baylee is going to teach you how to identify coffee origins like a pro 🤘🇺🇸
Baylee is the head roaster at @trailheadcoffeeroasters in Portland, Oregon as well as the Director of Marketing & Engagement for #shestheroaster. Recently elected, she is now on the @coffeeroastersguild Leadership Council.
This video covers the following origins: Ethiopia, Kenya, Burundi, Rwanda, Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador
/ ANALYZING BODY + MOUTHFEEL TO IDENTIFY ORIGIN + VARIETY
Russ and Evan of @passengercoffee will be coaching you on how to analyze body and mouthfeel as possible indicators for origin and variety 👅☕🥄
Evan started working in coffee at the barista level in Washington, DC, led the launch of a roastery, and has since become the Director of Sourcing for Passenger. He's responsible for their tea and coffee supply chains as well as curating their menus. Russ also started as a barista in Washington, and has since spent time working for one of the world's largest coffee import/export companies, became a Q Grader, and started roasting with Passenger in March 2020.
/ BURUNDI DEEP DIVE
Ben Carlson + David Stallings
Long Miles Coffee Project
The roasters reading this will be very familiar with the name Long Miles Coffee, as it is synonymous with a high quality coffee value stream between Burundi and the rest of the world 💜🌍🌐 Ben Carlson is going to provide an overview of coffee production in Burundi and some of the history while David Stallings will be doing a sensory deep dive 👅 on identifying coffees from the Great Lakes Region and particularly Burundi 👀
/ IDENTIFYING EL VERGEL
Shady Bayter is one of the founders of Forest Coffee, a green coffee developer and exporter in Tolima, Colombia 🇨🇴 Together with his family they grow high quality lots with experimental processes and unique varieties. In season 04 of Leaderboard we've told players that there is one coffee from El Vergel in the lineup and Shady is here to help players figure out which one it may be through process of elimination.
/ INDIA DEEP DIVE
+ Ratnagiri Estate
+ Change of Tone Coffee
Damian is one of those coffee professionals working behind the scenes who is as humble as he is legendary. Originally from Poland, Damian has worked with some of the most progressive coffee companies in Europe before moving to Canada. He is a partner at Nemesis Coffee and manages the sourcing and quality control for their roasting program, is a partner of Ratnagiri Estate and is launching Change of Tone Coffee to build and grow the Indian specialty coffee sector 🇮🇳 Damian is passionate about many things, and changing the perception of Indian coffee is high on that list. He will be giving you a crash course on Indian coffee and how to identify it on a cupping table 👀👅☕
/ IDENTIFYING EL SALVADOR
Finca San Antonio Amatepec
Karla Boza is a specialty coffee producer and Q Grader at Finca San Antonio Amatepec in El Salvador who also helps her family build relationships with roasters around the world. This year, Karla was also selected to be a national judge for the El Salvador Cup of Excellence and cup her way through some of the best coffees in her country. On top of all of this, Karla is pursuing a Masters to research ways for coffee producers in El Salvador to access the specialty market to gain more autonomy and better market prices. "I use research to merge my passions for coffee, feminism, and transparency in the coffee industry." Karla will be giving you some tips on how to identify coffees from El Salvador in a blind tasting (is there one in this season? who knows...) 🙃☕
/ EMERGING ORIGINS
Rabbit Hole Roasters
David Lalonde will walk you through some of the tells to understand and identify Emerging origins with a focus on Yunnan, China.
David is one of the co-founders of @rabbitholeroasters in Montréal. He's a certified Q Grader and extremely passionate about emerging origins. He believes highlighting lesser known producing countries is interesting, different, AND tasty - but it is so important to give more farmers access to the specialty market.
/ COLOMBIAN REGIONALITY
Morgon Coffee Roasters
Christian Gullbrandsson of @morgoncoffeeroasters is going to give you the rundown about different growing regions in Colombia and some tips on how to identify coffees from there 🇨🇴🤘
Christian won bronze in the first ever Roasting Championship in Sweden, coached in the World Championships and led his team to win in the Nordic Roasting Forum years before starting Morgon Coffee Roasters with Gabbi and Markus in 2018.
/ IDENTIFYING ORIGIN + CUPPING PROTOCOLS
+ East Coast Coffee Madness