The Best Coffee in the World Comes From Rwanda

After a series of blind tastings, coffee beans grown in Rwanda were crowned the “Best of the Best” by a jury of top culinary and coffee experts at the third annual Ernesto Illy International Coffee Awards. The honor was presented to Philotée Muzika, who accepted on behalf of Ngororero Coffee Washing Station; her acceptance of the award is fitting, considering women are responsible for nearly half the world’s coffee production.

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In choosing the “Best of the Best,” the panel judged beans from nine countries (Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, India, Nicaragua and Rwanda) based on their aromatic richness and complexity, balance and elegance, and aroma intensity and strength.

The jury was comprised of: “Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How it Transformed Our World” author Mark Pendergast, Wine Spectator features writer Owen Dugan, Locanda Margon executive chef Alfio Ghezzi, Specialty Coffee Association chief research officer Peter Giuliano, CoffeeTalk Media owner Kerri Goodman, L’Argine a Vencó restaurateur Antonia Klugmann, “Asia’s first lady of coffee” Sunalini Menon, Reale in Castel di Sangro chef Niko Romito, Saveur editor-in-chief Adam Sachs and Honduras coffee producer Ernerso Velasquez.

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