Of the samples submitted, national judges will select 150 which will continue the process.
During the first few days of April, an international jury will select the best which will participate in an electronic auction held on May 31st.
"Most important is the average purchase value of all coffee at the auction. It is a reflection of homogeneity in quality," said to Laprensa.com.ni Julio Peralta, president of the Specialty Coffee Association of Nicaragua (ACEN).
For a week starting from May 9 a group of national and international tasters will be choosing Costa Rica's best coffee.
Judges from Brazil, the United States, Japan, Germany, Holland, England, Russia, Norway and New Zealand will participate in the decisive stage of Cup of Excellence competition. The winning selections of grain varieties will be auctioned on the internet on June 21.
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