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The search begins for “Nicaragua’s Finest Coffee”
January 15 2016

In order to demonstrate that Nicaraguan coffee continues to maintain excellent quality and attract international buyers to pay a better price for the bean, The Specialty Coffee Association of Nicaragua (ACEN) has launched a national competition to select the best coffee in the country. The event will replace the void left by the Cup of Excellence, an international event that due to structural changes has left out several Central American countries, including Nicaragua.

The competition officially starts on January 22 where national assessors will be responsible for screening samples. The awards ceremony will take place next April 8, 2016 and will be the ideal framework to attract the attention of foreign buyers able to offer the best price for the Nicaraguan coffee bean through an electronic auction. 

The promotion factor is always very important in strengthening the image of coffee quality of Nicaragua, said Carlos Bendaña, vice president of ACEN. The decision to organize "“Nicaragua’s Finest Coffee” Competition was made with producers because they see the benefit of promoting a positive image for their product especially with the fall in price of the coffee bean, which fell below $120 per quintal according to the most recent quote on the Stock Exchange of New York. 
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