Sāe Coffee Studio


A group buy
for the most coveted beans of ecuador

$125 Total
(Subject to local taxes)
$500+ Value
Order Includes— Whole Beans, Complimentary Tastings & more...
March 14
Live Auction Date
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*All or nothing. If we don't win a lot in the auction, you will receive a full refund.
Only 444 pre-orders available.
If you haven't tried a Cup of Excellence Coffee (COE), you are missing out on experiencing the best flavors coffee has to offer. Can you even call yourself a coffee enthusiast without experiencing the best of the best?*
*Ask NBA Star, Jimmy Butler. Rumor has it, his passion for coffee blossomed after tasting a COE.

In order to experience a COE coffee, consumers need to rely on roasters to win a lot in the auction. Since auctions are hosted on a global stage, competition is fierce, which has historically drove bids up to $10,000/kg (As of January 2024, the C-price sits at $4.40/kg). Unfortunately, this has made coffees of this caliber far too expensive and unobtainable for the average roaster. What's even more unfortunate is that most of the winners don't even make it into the US or sold to the public.
Sāe Coffee Studio is organizing a crowdfunding initiative to establish the very first community-driven group buy. By participating in this group buy, you get a chance at procuring a single lot deemed as the finest beans of Ecuador from this harvest season. We welcome 444 coffee enthusiasts to join forces with us in bringing exceptional beans into the United States.

What's Included

($500+ in Total Value)
the winning lot
150g of Single Lot Whole Beans
Roasted by Sāe Coffee Studio

$150 Retail Value (+tax & shipping)
If we win a lot during the Cup of Excellence Ecuador Auction, you will receive 150g of Single Origin Whole Beans that are exclusive to this community. Rest assured, these will meet Sāe's approved quality standards (88+ points).

*All orders will packaged for optimal flavor and to maximize freshness. If we win a lot during the auction, we will notify you with results and a closer delivery date (see below for details)
2 Tickets to Sāe Soirées
Locations include: SF/Bay Area, Los Angeles, New York and Chicago.
$200 Value
Our bespoke tasting experiences are designed to create savor moments beyond the café. Bring a friend or join us for multiple occasions!

All tickets must be redeemed by 12/31/24. Certain restrictions may apply.
Exclusive access & pricing for future releases and experiences.

$150+ Value
Be the first to learn about our future releases and tasting experiences. There will be special discounts solely for those who participated in this Community Buy.
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Cup of Excellence – EMPOWERING Coffee producers since 1999
For over two decades, the Cup of Excellence program has been a life-changing and educational initiative for coffee producers. The program's competitions and successes have generated advances in farming practices and premiums for producers that would have been impossible without it.

Winning opens new opportunities for the producer to build direct and long-term relationships with buyers who appreciate their coffees. This fosters trust and increases transparency across the industry, as both global buyers and farmers recognize the importance of sustainable practices.

The Cup of Excellence competition makes a continuous effort to support and recognize producers of every size and gender, in countries where it operates, raising the value and appreciation of specialty coffee.
The Cup of Excellence is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization (tax identification number 84-3799688) under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.
go behind the scenes with an international coffee judge
Sāe Coffee Studio has partnered with the Cup of Excellence to bring you exclusive behind-the-scenes content during Ecuador’s International Jury Week.

Join our co-founder, Christina Minju, from February 15th - 17th, as she travels to Portland, OR where the COE HQ is located. Follow along as her and other International Judges from all around the world score 39 regional winners and determine which lots will enter into the auction on March 14, 2024.
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When will I receive my order?
Once auction results are finalized, it will take 20-25 days for the green beans to be imported into the US. Once the beans have arrived onsite, it will take roughly 7-10 extra days for the Sāe Coffee Studio team to run quality control tests, roast and ship your orders to you.
I'm purchasing this as a gift, can you ship the coffee directly to them?
Yes, you can include their information during the check out process. If not, don’t fret! E-mail us directly at hello@sae.coffee and we can update the order and ship the beans to the right address.
Are the complimentary tickets transferable?
If you would like to transfer your tickets to other coffee lovers in your life, please  e-mail us directly.
Do you ship Internationally?
No, orders are only available to ship within the United States.
Can I secure multiple orders?
Review our Terms of Services here


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