I don't remember which one was weird either, but it sure was yukky.
Honduras has some issues with drying, and this could explain why that particular coffee made it through the COE jury but crashed shortly after. That coffee tasted past croppish to me, which can result from improper drying and/or storage.
Also, remember, that the "top 10" won't necessarily be "the best" coffees! The jury process is very good, but it's not infallible. Sometimes, something just goes wrong and the jury misses a great one, and it winds up in the twenties. Also, there is no accounting for taste, and "controversial" coffees might be punished by people who just don't like the coffee for some reason.
The COE system is very complex. Mark P's observation about last year's winner being a point higher, and fetching a significantly higher price, assumes that there should be some direct relationship between point scores and auction price.
As much as I would like for that to be so, it just isn't. The main reason is that cuppers, even "superstars" are just not that accurate. A normal spread between high and low scores on a given coffee, even if you throw out the highest and lowest scores, is usually 8-10 points. Also, a coffee that recieves 10 79's and 10 91's will score the same as a coffee that receives 20 85's. Lastly, the score is a "preference score" at its heart, so regional/personal flavor preferences matter A LOT. Therefore, jury composition is very very important.
In general, though, you can definitely say that coffees that score in the 90s are very popular with the jury.
All very interesting.
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