The national robusta variety is among the best in the world. The price of a quintal reached $ 225.
What Anecafé (National Association of Coffee Exporters for its Spanish acronym) found in the first Gold Cup contest was phenomenal: coffees with unique qualities only a great taster can distinguish: grape, lemon, kiwi, honey, peach, cocoa or toasted corn flavor.
There were three winners of a contest that traditionally chooses the best Arabica and this time found surprises in the Robusta grown in Sucumbios and Lago Agrio. International judges Dorothea Hetzel, Miguel Meza and Andrew Hetzel perceived the attributes that make this variety special.
This confirms what the American company Folger bragged for decades, when it used Ecuadorean coffe in its mixtures.
Ecuador stopped being a large coffee producer for nearly two decades, when international prices fell so much it was better to stop production. Large areas were mainly lost in Manabi.