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Best of Ninety Plus Auction 2017

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BNP Tasting Kit includes: Green Samples (200g): 8 BNP Auction Lots, Roasted Samples: all 11 BNP Auction Lots, Ninety Plus Gesha Flower (8g), BNP Auction Lot Info Cards with bamboo stands.

General Information on the BNP 2017 Auction Lots

José Alfredo Series (Lots 203, 219, 227, 236 and 238)

José Alfredo is the General Manager of Ninety Plus Gesha Estates in Panama, and in 2016, his tiny 3 kilogram experimental lot was sent as a surprise to Ninety Plus Founder and Steward of Taste, Joseph Brodsky. Joseph was floored by the completely new flavor of this wild, industry norm shattering process. He encouraged José Alfredo to produce a series of these coffees at a slightly larger scale in 2017. The results represent Ninety Plus’ largest flavor innovation of the year. There are no coffees like this in the world outside of this series. This signature José Alfredo fermentation style delivers unprecedented complexity in the cup and promises an expanded future of the mind-boggling taste experiences displayed in this exciting series. If there are singular coffees that represent the great future of coffee, they are the coffees of the José Alfredo Series.

Semeon Abay Series (Lots SA16 and SA17)

Semeon Abay, Ninety Plus Ethiopia QC Director, did something incredible in 2013. He decided to invent a processing formula which would challenge two assumptions: 1) that green coffee has to degrade in quality over the course of 1 year (his 2013 coffee actually improved over time and was used in 2015 to win the World Brewers Cup) and 2) that coffee should be processed uniformly (his process is non-uniform by intention). The Semeon Abay coffees from Ninety Plus have been some of the most limited and sought after coffees in the world in recent years and are now for the first time accessible to the public.

Classic Series (Lots 095, 209, 233, and 254)

As a traditional washed coffee, the gesha variety is known for its citrus and floral cup qualities. With the three lots in this series, Ninety Plus displays its excellence in producing this classic cup, while enhancing mouthfeel and complexity through advances in its signature fermentation processes.

To read more on the Best of Ninety Plus 2017 Auction lots, please visit our "Lots" page.

As a global coffee grower and producer, we are at the forefront of engineering elevated taste experiences for consumers through our innovative coffee farming model. Through a program that restores forests with coffee in the understory, we are committed to transforming the outdated colonial farming model, leaving coffee better than we found it, with guiding principles of taste, humanity, and ecology.

Providing elevated coffee taste experiences to be shared by the barista with coffee drinkers worldwide, Ninety Plus has worked for over a decade on its signature coffee varieties, ferments, and new processes to create the industry leading coffee taste profiles it is known for.

For the first time in the history of Ninety Plus, we’re making some of our most innovative and exclusive coffees available to the public. Previously only accessible to long-term clients and a few select competition baristas – including the last 4 World Brewers Cup Champions and 1st and 2nd runners-up World Barista Champions in 2016 – the coffees offered at the Best of Ninety Plus Auction 2017 represent the very top of our production.


Ninety Plus is Transforming the Coffee Farming Model



Beginning in 2006, Ninety Plus Founder, Joseph Brodsky, decided to dedicate his life to transforming the ingrained commercial coffee farming model. Seeing an opportunity to plant shade-loving and flavorful heirloom Ethiopian varieties while reforesting tropical lands, Ninety Plus also created a new model to incentivize and elevate the quality of life for its specialty coffee farming workforce. The Ninety Plus team now own and/or operate over 1,500 hectares of coffee forest restoration projects in Panama and Ethiopia and have established an international brand to promote the success of its taste-driven model of ecologically and socially leading farming economics.

 

Featured Ninety Plus Estate farms providing coffees for the BNP Auction 2017 are:

Ninety Plus Gesha Estates, Silla de Pando, Panama (9 lots)

 

   

At 182 hectares, Ninety Plus Gesha Estates (NPGE) is the largest gesha variety project in Panama. Roughly 30% of the land at NPGE was indigenous forest and the remainder was cattle farm when Ninety Plus took over the property in 2009. Now nearly entirely covered in replanted forest canopy with gesha thriving in low density in the understory, the 37 “estates” are each unique, stewarded ecological communities which have attracted and been repopulated with native plants, birds, insects, reptiles, amphibians and mammals, even including the rarest “melanistic” black jaguar, twice seen roaming among the gesha trees during the 2017 harvest.

NPGE is now known nationally among the native Gnabe Bugle tribe, the ethnicity of most Panama coffee farm workers, to be a place which cares deeply for its worker community, pays excellent wages, up to 10 times local rates for the best and most passionate workers, and protects and restores the natural world where its coffee grows. NPGE has become the leading prototype and proof of concept for the Ninety Plus model of taste-driven ecological, social, and economic farm transformation.

   

Ninety Plus Magokoro Estates, Shakisso, Ethiopia (2 lots)

 

   

Measuring 180 hectares of canopy covered organic coffee plantings, Ninety Plus Magokoro Estates (NPME) is near Shakisso in Ethiopia’s Guji Zone. NPME is the first farm in production of eight Ninety Plus Ethiopia Estates project farms measuring over 1,300 total hectares in Ethiopia’s best growing regions. The Ninety Plus Ethiopia Estates farms are planted with 51 promising heirloom varieties selected by Ninety Plus for superior cup characteristics over the past 10 years. NPME was planted beginning 2009 with Ninety Plus partner, Abdellah Bagersh, current Chairman of the East African Fine Coffees Association and grandson of Ethiopia’s first coffee exporter. Ninety Plus Ethiopia Estates represent the largest single variety plantings in the country and promise to deliver coffee taste innovation every year while protecting and reforesting lands and transforming worker incentives and quality of life. The term “magokoro” is Japanese for “deep sincerity” and NPME was named in honor of the wonderful Ninety Plus Maker, Yoshikazu Iwase, two-time Japan Barista Champion and WBC runner-up Champion in 2016.

   


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As a global coffee grower and producer, we are at the forefront of engineering elevated taste experiences for consumers through our innovative coffee farming model. Through a program that restores forests with coffee in the understory, we are committed to transforming the outdated colonial farming model, leaving coffee better than we found it, with guiding principles of taste, humanity, and ecology.

Providing elevated coffee taste experiences to be shared by the barista with coffee drinkers worldwide, Ninety Plus has worked for over a decade on its signature coffee varieties, ferments, and new processes to create the industry leading coffee taste profiles it is known for.