Colombia Best Cup

September 18–25, 2022

Colombia is a special place to us in general at Cafe Imports, but it’s also the coffee-growing country where the Best Cup competition was born: Along with our partners at Banexport, we created this regional competition to highlight the best and brightest within several of the country’s specific growing areas, beginning with Cauca and Huila. Last year, we expanded our reach to the Nariño and Tolima departments in order to discover even more top-shelf lots from the world’s best smallholder producers, and this year we’ll have the same four-Department contest.

Best Cup participants will cup through and rank the top 15 microlots, as well as have the opportunity to taste and select FCL workhorse, Regional Select, and Variety Select coffees in an attempt to support the supply chain and to assist roasters in building their menus for the coming harvest season. Producers will be on-hand to celebrate at the live auction at the end of the event.

We look forward to hosting you in Colombia and hope you will join us.


Sunday, September 18

Arrival to El Dorado International Airport (BOG) in Bogotá, stay overnight at Aloft hotel.

Monday, September 19

Group flight from BOG to Popayán PPN.

Calibration cupping

Tuesday,  September 20

Cupping, Farm Visits

Wednesday, September 21

Cupping, Farm Visits

Thursday, September 22

Cupping, Farm Visits

Friday, September 23

Cupping top lots, Farm Visits

Live Auction Event

Saturday, September 24

Live Auction Event in Popayan, Cauca

Sunday, September 25

Group flight from PPN to BOG (Details coming soon), stay overnight at Aloft Hotel.

Monday, September 26

Departure from BOG.


Trip attendees will be responsible for:

• Booking/cost of international flights to and from Colombia.

• Booking/cost of domestic flights between Bogotá and Popayán.

• Cost of lodging: Approximately $500 USD for the week

• Souvenirs and other incidentals.

• Cafe Imports will cover group meals and ground transport. Individuals may arrange private meals or transportation for themselves at their own expense.


International flights (approximately $800–$1,000 USD):

The international arrival/departure airport is BOG – El Dorado International Airport in Bogotá

Please book your international arrival into BOG for Sunday, September 18

Please book your international departure from BOG for Monday, September 26 


Domestic flights (approximately $200 USD)

There will be one round-trip, in-country flight between BOG to PPN and PPN to BOG

Please book the following flights on Easyfly,   Avianca, or another third-part site like – You can book this flight on Avianca, but it is operated by Easyfly:

BOG to PPN on Monday, September 19:

Easyfly 9166 / Avianca 4873

Departing 6:14 am from Bogotá El Dorado (BOG)

Arriving 7:34 am to Popayán Guillermo León Valencia (PPN)

PPN to BOG for Sunday, September 25

Easyfly 9169 / Avianca 2961

Departing 5:50 pm from Popayán Guillermo León Valencia (PPN)

Arriving  7:20 pm to Bogotá El Dorado (BOG)

**Trip attendees are responsible for booking their own international and domestic flights**


Aloft Bogotá Airport hotel – Avenida Calle 26 #92 – 32 Bogota, Colombia – +57 1 742 7070

 Trip attendees will be responsible for booking the Aloft Bogotá Airport Hotel, for the first (Sunday, September 18) and last night (Sunday, September 25). The Cafe Imports team will arrange hotel accommodations for the rest of the trip, to be paid by attendees upon check-in.


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