Month: December 2019

From the new Alliance for Resilient Coffee website. There’s a new resource for actors throughout the coffee world to explore information and resources towards developing climate resiliency and adaptation in the coffee sector. The Alliance for Resilient Coffee (ARC), a consortium of six notable sustainability-minded NGOs in the coffee sector backed by funding from the
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Honey processing. Daily Coffee News photo. As might be expected, the topic on many people’s minds this year was coffee prices, which for much of the year sat at woefully unsustainable levels. Like weather-related events, the massive leaf rust outbreak throughout Mesoamerica in the earlier part of this decade, or political instability, prices on the
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Beans of threatened coffee species Ambongo (left) and Arabica (right) in Madagascar. Photo courtesy of Kew. The year in coffee science news began with some groundbreaking but dismal news that most wild coffee species, including arabica, are now classified as in danger of extinction. Yet for what wild and commercially cultivated coffee remains, scientists brought
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2019 saw a spectacularly dichotomous coffee market, with historically low prices for much of the year for the basest commodity coffees — those that constitute the bulk of the coffee trade — and astronomical highs at public auctions for the best of the best coffees. Stuck somewhere towards the middle of all this are green
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From Front Range Biosciences’ ‘Clean Stock’ program. Photo courtesy of Front Range Biosciences. While botanists, agronomists and other scientists in myriad fields have been hard at work here on earth trying to unlock the secrets to developing higher-quality, higher-yielding and more resilient and robust coffee plants, coffee in space remains largely uncharted territory. Colorado-based firm
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Starmaya “seeds.” CIRAD photo. Describing it as a “godsend” and a “minor revolution for the industry,” the nonprofit agricultural research and development organization CIRAD says it has developed the first F1 hybrid coffee seeds (beans) that could be used for widespread commercial cultivation. The group said the production cost of the seeds is half as
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Three women at a Grounds for Health screening at Dore Bafano Primary Hospital in Sidama. Grounds for Health photo. The Vermont-based nonprofit Grounds for Health is receiving a two-year, $175,000 grant from the Starbucks Foundation that will greatly increase the group’s programming in coffee communities in Ethiopia. The grant represents the first time the Starbucks
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Pennyroyal Coffee opened on E. Hastings in East Vancouver’s Hastings-Sunrise neighborhood this fall, specializing in specialty coffees from Indonesia and elsewhere. All images courtesy of Pennyroyal Coffee. Specialty coffee from Indonesia is continuing to grow a devoted fanbase in North America with the opening of Pennyroyal Coffee in Vancouver, B.C. After establishing the coffee business
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