Cup of Excellence winning lots from Guatemala were auctioned on 14 June 2017 for a record average price of US$16.08/lb. The first placed coffee from Ana Lucia Meneses’s El Paraxaj sold for US$58.00/lb.
The 2013 weighted average auction record of US$13.01 was beaten by more than US$3.00/lb. All coffees sold above US$8.90/lb. The eighth placed winner, Santa Felisa, received US$44.00/lb for her washed Geisha.
Roasters from multiple countries bid for over four hours to secure a lot. The international jury was represented from Malaysia, Japan, Germany, Switzerland, South Korea, Greece, Australia, China, UK and the US.
Lots in this auction had been cupped at least five times by the national and international jury and had scored between 86 and 91.16 points.
This year multiple varieties and processes to the very stringent competition winning lots included the winning natural Pacamara. Other winners included natural and honey processed Geishas and even a washed Pacamara and F1 Centroamericano blend. Each coffee scoring 90 points and higher were split into two lots for the auction.