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illycaffè announces the finalists for Ernesto Illy International Coffee Award

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TRIESTE, Italy – illycaffè announces the 9 countries  participating in the second edition of the Ernesto Illy International Coffee Award, the recognition given to coffee growers distinguished by their excellence in terms of sustainable quality.

The award  is designed to affirm the importance of working hand in hand with producers in order to continue following the dream of offering the best coffee to the world.

Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Nicaragua and Rwanda are the finalists chosen by illy’s quality control laboratory on the basis of the 2016/2017 season’s harvests. The three most representative lots from each country of origin will proceed to the finals,  where 9 coffee finalists will be chosen: one per origin.

The 9 coffees will then be tasted and evaluated by an independent international jury of experts who will select the “Best of the Best” from among the top harvests of the 2016/2017 season.

“Twenty-seven years ago my father, Ernesto Illy, created The Premio por la Qualidade do Cafè para Espresso in Brazil, which helped to transform the country into a producer of high- quality coffee”- explains Andrea Illy, President of illycaffè—“and in 2016 we decided to celebrate this outcome by taking the prize to an international level with the objective of showing our appreciation for the efforts of all the women and men of coffee for achieving sustainable quality.”

The external jury will meet on October 16th, 2017 in New York at the United Nations to announce the 9 finalists and the winner.

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