For the 4th consecutive year, Ninety Plus Coffee was used to win the World Brewers Cup Championship 2017, this time in Budapest. José Alfredo, the farm manager of Ninety Plus Gesha Estates, created the newest Ninety Plus signature process which was applied to several lots, including the now famous “#227”. Ninety Plus Batch #227 was used to win both 1st and 3rd place in the world brewers cup. In addition, later in the year, Batch #227 would earn the highest price ever for green coffee when it sold for USD $5,001 per kilogram at auction.⠀
The coffee was described in the WBrC finals as follows: “While coffee is hot, in aroma one can find melon, followed by mixed stone fruits like plum, apricot, sweet butterscotch and floral hibiscus in the end. The flavor is overwhelming with melon, followed by white peach, fresh orange blossom, and sweet dark caramel finish. In the aftertaste, exotic kiwi which turns to banana liqueur and pink grapefruit finish. As the coffee cools down, more tropical fruits emerge, like mango. The aftertaste, more sweet citrus fruits like blood orange are dominant. The acidity is medium to high in intensity, sweet like peach first and then turns bright and vibrant, like pineapple. Syrupy and smooth texture.”⠀
With Ninety Plus #227, Chad Wang became the world champion, the 4th consecutive won with Ninety Plus. #227 was used twice in this competition, scoring 149.06 points for the first prize, but also Stathis Koremtas used the same coffee to get 146.84 points, earning 3rd place.⠀
In winning the four consecutive world championships from 2014 to 2017, Ninety Plus coffees were used by an incredible 66% (8 out of 12) of all top 3 world championship finalists.