Chalatenango Best Cup

March 25–30 2019

This is our first time hosting a full Best Cup cupping competition and auction in Chalatenango, El Salvador, though we have worked closely in the area for several years. The Chalatenango Best Cup Discovery cupping and silent auction in 2018 showed us that there is indeed plenty of interest in remarkable small-lot coffees from producers in this area, and this event will not only generate a lot of excitement in the region, but also be an incredible way to showcase the best coffees and to create a world of possibility for the growers.

Attendees on this Best Cup trip will cup through the competition lots, as well as Regional and Variety Select offerings, as well as visit farms and meet producers. There will be a silent auction for the Regional and Variety Select coffees, and a live auction for the top-scoring lots.

The nature and pace of these Best Cup competitions and auctions demand some cupping experience and a degree of comfort with assigning quality scores to coffees in a manner similar to the SCA grading standards and protocol. Feel free to ask us how to prepare for your time at the Best Cup competition; we will be happy to get you ready for this thrilling and unique buying opportunity!


Monday, March 25
Arrival at El Salvador – (SAL) Monseñor Óscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport. Overnight stay at Hotel Barcelo – San Salvador ** Cafe Imports will arrange transport from the airport to the hotel.

Tuesday, March 26
8am – Breakfast
9am–11am – Transport to Chalatenango, arrive at Entre Los Pinos
12pm – Lunch
1:30pm – Calibration cupping
3pm – Farm visit
7pm – Dinner

Wednesday, March 27
8am – Breakfast
9am – Cupping first table of top 24 coffees
11am – Cupping second table of top 24 coffees
1pm – Cupping third table of top 24 coffees
2pm – Lunch
3–6pm – Siesta
7pm – Dinner

Thursday, March 28
8am – Breakfast
9am – Cupping of top 10 coffees
11am – Cupping of Regional Select lots
1pm – Lunch
2:30pm – Farm visit
7pm – Dinner

Friday, March 29
8am – Breakfast
9am – Cupping of Variety Select lots
12:30–7pm – Chalatenango Best Cup live auction event
7pm – Dinner

Saturday, March 30
8am – Breakfast
9am: – Departure from Entre Los Pinos back to San Salvador. Departures to follow in PM or next AM. ** If you are planning to fly the next day, overnight stays will be at Hotel Barcelo – San Salvador.


Trip attendees will be responsible for:

Booking/cost of international flights to and from El Salvador

Cost of Lodging: Approximately $450 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.


Trip attendees are responsible for booking their own flights to and from El Salvador (SAL).

The international arrival/departure airport for this Coffee Auction trip is the (SAL) Monseñor Óscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport.

The Cafe Imports team will be on-hand in El Salvador from Monday, March 25 to Saturday, March 30.


Hotel Barcelo – San Salvador  – Av. Las Magnolias, San Salvador, El Salvador , MQV6+3W San Salvador, El Salvador

+503 2268 4545


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Cafe Imports Team

Piero Cristiani

Senior Green-Coffee Buyer

Samuel Miller

Sourcing Liason

Omar Herrera


Ian Fretheim

Director of Sensory Analysis

Resource Mission:
To partner with our roaster clients to share experience and knowledge at the ground level, and to build and nurture relationships in coffee-growing regions worldwide in an effort to advance the craft of specialty coffee, from the farm all the way to the café.