Orinoco’s Espresso Wins Gold Medal at International Coffee Tasting Competition

Gold-logo-jpgEspresso Anniversario represents only winner from United States

Columbia, Maryland – November 12, 2014. Orinoco Coffee & Tea, a Columbia, Maryland-based coffee and tea distributor, announced today that its entry in the International Coffee Tasting 2014 competition was awarded a Gold Medal by the International Institute of Coffee Tasters.

The International Coffee Tasting competition is organized by the International Institute of Coffee Tasters (Istituto Internazionale Assaggiatori Caffè/“IIAC”), with the cooperation of the Italian Tasters – Centro Studi Assaggiatori and the support of IIAC Japan, IIAC Korea and IIAC Taiwan and under the patronage of the International Academy of Sensory Analysis. The 2014 competition was held October 21 and 22 in Brescia, Italy.

All told, 149 coffee samples from 15 countries were analyzed by 26 Certified Coffee Tasters from nine different countries across the globe.

Categories for entry included:

• single origins or blends (ground or in beans) for filter, Neapolitan coffee pot or similar extraction methods (Aeropress, Chemex, V60 and others);
• ground single origins or blends for moka (Italian coffee pot);
• single origin or blends in beans for automatic non-professional coffee machines;
• single-dose single origins or blends;
• Italian blends in beans for espresso;
• non-Italian blends or single origins in beans for espresso.

Orinoco Coffee & Tea’s only entry, Espresso Anniversario, was awarded a Gold Medal in the “non-Italian blends or single origins in beans” classification.

JC Ramirez, Roastmaster at Orinoco Coffee & Tea“It’s important for us to enter competitions like this. It’s a chance to be creative, and it helps me to understand where I can improve,” says Orinoco Master Roaster JC Ramirez. He continues, “The espresso culture, especially in Italy, is like no other. To be a Gold Medal winner among espresso roasters from Italy is really nice.”

A total of 16 entries from countries including Slovenia, Thailand, Taiwan, Spain, Japan and Canada were awarded Gold Medals in the non-Italian espresso blend category. Orinoco Coffee & Tea’s submission was the only entry from the United States to win a Gold Medal in the non-Italian category. A total of 21 entries were awarded Gold Medals in the Italian espresso category, representing the Italian towns of Verona, Brescia and Palermo, among others.

It is unknown at this time if Espresso Anniversario will be available to the public.


About the International Institute of Coffee Tasters

The International Institute of Coffee Tasters (Istituto Internazionale Assaggiatori Caffè/“IIAC”) is a non-profit association that was founded in 1993 with the aim of compiling and sharing scientific methods for sensory evaluation of coffee. It is supported solely by member fees.

IIAC focuses primarily on espresso, the symbol of “made in Italy,” and has perfected a specific tasting method. Since its inception, the organization has offered hundreds of coffee tasting license courses attended by operators and coffee lovers from all over the world. In 1999, IIAC created the Espresso Italiano Specialist course for certifying operators working in coffee shops serving Certified Italian Espresso. Learn more.


About Orinoco Coffee & Tea

Our coffee roots began in 1909, when family member Leonardo Alarcon first started collecting and sorting coffee beans for a local coffee exporter in southwest Venezuela. Today, Orinoco’s heritage includes four generations of growers, exporters, importers and roasters, and we proudly serve hundreds of retailers, local coffee shops, and multi-store grocery chains across Maryland, D.C., New York and Virginia. Our goal is simple: to consistently supply our customers with excellent coffee and tea products. To learn more, visit ofmonline.net today.

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