For the first time in the 14 COE Competitions in Brazil, a female farmer has won first place and the coveted Presidential Award. Marisa Coli Noronha, owner of Sitio Sao Francesco de Asis, had an average score of 92 for the coffee she entered. I am proud to say that I was one of 3 judges who scored her coffee 95 or over.
Another one of my favorites, Jose Canato of Fazenda Monte Verde came in a top 20 position.
Here I am with winner Marisa Noronha and Henrique Sloper de Araujo (Brazilian Specialty Coffee Association and owner of Fazenda Camocim) right after she was awarded top honors.