Kona Coffee Cultural Festival Cupping Competition Opens Entries

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Entries must be received by Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. Winners will be announced on Friday, November 5 in these divisions:

  • Kona Classic – single estate farms. Three top scoring coffees will be awarded based on the highest average SCA Cupping Scores from the Semi-Final and Final rounds.
  • Kona Heritage – A subcategory within the Classic Division. One coffee will receive an award for this category meeting the Classic Kona Coffee Profile in combination with the highest average SCA score from the Semi-Final and Final rounds. The awarded coffee shall be solely the Kona Typica variety and washed (parchment dried) processing method.
  • Kona Crown – reserved for larger farms, Coffees within this category must enter a representative sample of a 1000 lb lot minimum. This sample (and the represented lot) must be certified by the Hawaii Department of Agriculture prior to entering the competition. Three top scoring coffees within this division will be awarded based on the highest average SCA Cupping Scores from the Semi-Final and Final rounds.

For a complete list of cupping competition rules and to register, log onto konacoffeefest.com/2021-kona-coffee-cultural-festival-cupping-competition

The Kona Coffee Cultural Festival Cupping Competition is sponsored by UCC Hawaii and Kamehameha Schools.

Hawaii’s oldest festival returns this year in a whole new way­ – Thursday, Nov. 4 through Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021. The 4-day Festival will bring community together with in-person events that have their own charm but also in keeping with the times, the Festival will feature an online virtual experience that will provide a broader reach and an engaging program.


A $5 Festival admission button is required for events and also gives special rates for ticketed events. Buttons are available for purchase online, at many retail and farm locations throughout the Kona area.


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