TRIESTE, Italy – illycaffè announces the 9 Arabica coffee growing countries and the finalists for the 7th Ernesto Illy International Coffee Award, dedicated to the son of the company’s founder and a pioneer of virtuous collaboration with growers to produce sustainable, high-quality coffee. One of the finalists will be assigned the ‘Best of the Best’, which will be announced on November 17th in Rome during a ceremony attended by the coffee growers themselves.
Over the course of this year, illycaffè’s quality control labs analyzed samples from the 2021/2022 harvest and selected the best batches, which qualified for the final of the seventh edition of the award. The finalists come from Brazil, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Nicaragua and Rwanda.
“Once again, the Ernesto Illy International Coffee Award has brought together the best producers of high-quality, sustainable Arabica coffee, with whom we share a passion for excellence pursued through responsible choices based on economic, social, and environmental sustainability all along the value chain” commented illycaffè Chairman Andrea Illy.
On the morning of November 17th, the 9 finalists will be evaluated by an independent, multidisciplinary panel of international experts (chefs, journalists, coffee tasters, and coffee professionals) who will rate them and determine the winner of the ‘Best of the Best’ Award.
Consumers will also be invited to sample the coffee from the 9 finalists and express their preferences during a series of tastings organized in flagship illy stores worldwide. The coffee with the most votes from consumers will receive the “Coffee Lovers’ Choice” award.
The finalists for the 2022 Ernesto Illy International Award are listed below in alphabetical order:
Sitio São João
Finca San Carlos
Finca La Concordia
Finca San Antonio
Asma International Business Pvt Ltd Co.
Bechu International Trading Pvt Ltd. Co.
Tracon Trading P.L.C
Finca Peña Blanca
Proyecto Lift Esquipulas
Small Farmers Santa Cruz Naranjo
Finca Los Chagüites
Finca Mi Cafetal
Finca La Conchita
Finca San José
Proyecto Lift Wiwilí
Macuba Coffee Washing Station
Mushonyi Coffee Washing Station
Rwinyoni Coffee Washing Station