Past editions

The award is also a tribute to Ernesto Illy, illycaffè’s late, visionary leader, who deeply believed in scientific research as an unimpeachable source of truth, making possible advances in human development and promoting adherence to the highest ethical standards. For the industry he so loved, science gave Dr. Illy the power to sustain and grow coffee culture in every positive aspect.

Past editions

Best of the Best: Ahmed Legesse from Ethiopia
Special mention to Honduras
No Coffee Lovers’ Choice the first year

Best of the Best: José Abelardo Díaz Enamorado from Honduras
Coffee Lovers’ Choice: Juan Carlos Alvarez from Costa Rica

Best of the Best: Ngororero Coffee Washing Station from Rwanda, represented by Ms. Philotée Muzika
Coffee Lovers’ Choice: Ngororero Coffee Washing Station from Rwanda, represented by Ms. Philotée Muzika

Best of the Best: Spirit of Peace ExCombatants’ – Asacafè from Colombia, represented by Carlos Arturo López Guarnizo and Oscar Rodrigo Campo Hurtado
Coffee Lovers’ Choice: Ngamba Coffee Washing Station from Rwanda, represented by Ms. Celine Niwemugeni

Best of the Best: Cooperativa Cocabel from Honduras
Coffee Lovers’ Choice: Cooperativa Cocabel from Honduras