Daterra Coffee will host a competition during SCA Expo in Boston; the winner gets a trip to the Daterra Coffee Farm in Brazil.
BY ASHLEY RODRIGUEZ
BARISTA MAGAZINE ONLINE
Photos by Kenneth R. Olson
For those of you who aren’t competing in the World Coffee Championships events happening in Boston during the Specialty Coffee Association’s Global Expo, there’s still a way to exercise your competitive muscles. Daterra Coffee will be hosting a competition—and the winner gets a trip to Brazil.
Daterra Coffee, a group of farms in Brazil that have been lauded for supplying coffee for barista champions past, will be hosting a competition focused on farming practices called the Daterra Farming Masters. “The objective of Daterra Farming Masters is to approximate the competitors and general public to coffee farming, showcasing the different decisions involved in the production of high-quality coffees,” the rules of the competition state.
Eighteen entrants (you can enter here) will have to make decisions on coffee farming, and the person who makes the best decisions will win a trip to Brazil to visit Daterra’s farms and learn hands-on knowledge about coffee farming. “The first-place prize, which is the trip to Daterra farms, will happen in July 2019, during the Barista Experience week … a week when the finalists of the World Barista Championship are invited to be at Daterra, learning about the farming processes and engaging in special educational activities,” the rules state.
If you don’t win, there are still some wonderful prizes—second place will win a selection of microlots from Daterra’s farms, and third will win a trophy and all the bragging rights they can muster. (The first-place finisher will also win the above prizes, plus some more bragging rights).
All in all, the competition is a small commitment if you’re going to be in Boston. The rules promise only to eat up about an hour of your time, and possibly a little more if you move on to the final round. So go ahead and sign up now, and who knows—these pictures of Daterra could be of you!