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2021 Colombia Cup of Excellence winning producer Pablo Andrés Guerrero in Nariño. Image courtesy of the Alliance for Coffee Excellence. Results for the Cup of Excellence green coffee competition of 2021 are in, with nearly two dozen high-quality coffee lots coming from Colombian coffee growers now heading to auction. The winning producers were celebrated during
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Traded volumes of high-quality specialty coffee declined as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic while volumes of lower-quality specialty coffees increased, according to a recent analysis from the authors of the Specialty Coffee Transaction Guide. Peter W. Roberts and Chad Trewick penned the 19-page report documenting the COVID-19 pandemic’s effects on specialty coffee purchasing behaviors
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A scene from a Fincas Mierisch farm in Nicaragua. All images courtesy of ACE/Fincas Mierisch. Renowned Nicaraguan specialty coffee producer Fincas Mierisch and the Portland, Oregon-based Alliance for Coffee Excellence (ACE) have re-teamed up to relaunch the Los Favoritos auction. Taking place online on Tuesday, May 18, following international judging led by ACE, the auction
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Researchers are exploring the potential of coffee growth in areas currently suitable for citrus growth. For centuries, coffee has been grown between two somewhat arbitrary lines above and below the equator. The stretch between roughly the 23.43°S and 23.43°N parallels — also known as tropics of Capricorn and Cancer, respectively — is also often referred
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CIRAD photo from a coffee farmer survey in Nicaragua. Several of the world’s largest coffee roasting and trading companies have joined a pre-competitive research initiative with the goal of progressively reducing pesticide usage in coffee farming. The initiative, called Ecoffee R&D Initiative (styled as ECOFFEE by the group), is being coordinated by the pioneering French
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Coffee pulp being delivered to the test site in Costa Rica. All images by Rebecca Cole, courtesy of the British Ecological Society. New research has found that coffee pulp, a natural organic byproduct of post-harvest coffee processing, can exponentially speed up tropical forest recovery on previously deforested lands. Researchers from the British Ecological Society reported “dramatic
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The Samayoa family receiving a green coffee shipment in Central Georgia. All images courtesy of Over The Border Coffee. A seventh-generation, 200-acre coffee farm in Huehuetenango, Guatemala, has gained a foothold selling its coffees directly to consumers and wholesale accounts in Georgia through Over The Border Coffee. The family-run startup coffee company, founded by Tabitha
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Courtesy photo from the Alliance for Coffee Excellence in 2017. The nonprofit Alliance for Coffee Excellence (ACE) has announced that the Cup of Excellence (COE) program and coffee genetics research firm RD2 Vision have signed a memorandum of understanding for genetic testing of COE-winning coffees. In an announcement yesterday, COE organizer ACE said the partnership
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A view of coffee fields in the Kona region in Hawaii. “Kona Coffee plantation road.” by jai Mansson’s photography. is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0. Costco, Marshalls/T.J. Maxx parent company TJX and Gold Coffee Roasters have joined the list of defendants reaching settlement agreements with a group representing farmers from Hawaii’s Kona region. Thus far, settlement agreements from the class
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Minas Gerais state police vehicles. Photo by the Ministério Público de Minas Gerais. Prosecutors in the Brazilian states of Minas Gerais and Paraná yesterday carried out a widespread probe targeting numerous large coffee businesses, alleging tax evasion, money laundering and other criminal activities. Dubbed “Operação Expresso,” or Operation Expresso, the police action included 35 temporary
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The Caravela Coffee Compass. Courtesy photo. Vertically oriented green coffee trading company Caravela Coffee has introduced El Compás del Café (Coffee Compass), a calendar wheel designed to help coffee growers with farm monitoring and maintenance cycles. “With this tool, they can schedule all their farm’s activities, ensuring that all critical tasks are taken care of
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Coffee drying in parchment. Daily Coffee News file photo. The concept of financial transparency in the coffee industry may have been unimaginable a generation ago, but it has evolved quickly both in professional discourse and in marketing. In broad terms, the transparency movement originated when some coffee importers started more widely sharing free-on-board (FOB) prices
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Andrea M. Johnson, front row far left, with a group in Jamaica. Courtesy photo. An International Women’s Coffee Alliance (IWCA) national chapter since April 2019, Jamaican Women in Coffee (JAWiC) is working to assist and uplift Jamaican women coffee producers through education and resources. The organization, an IWCA project partner, recently published its Field Survey
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The “Moving Coffee Forward” mural at the Ally Coffee headquarters in Greenville, South Carolina. Courtesy photo. Greenville, South Carolina-based green coffee trader Ally Coffee has expanded its network of green coffee warehouses, adding its first location in the UK. The new warehouse is designed to more conveniently serve roasters throughout the UK and Ireland through
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The Demetria Match app. All images courtesy of Demetria. Israeli and Colombian agriculture tech startup Demetria has closed a $3 million seed funding round to support its artificial-intelligence-powered green coffee quality analysis system. The investment was led by Celeritas, a group of private investors split between Israel and Latin America, and the technology involves the
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Daily Coffee News photo by Nick Brown. The United States Department of Labor is awarding a $5 million cooperative agreement with the multinational Atlanta-based nonprofit CARE for a project designed to reduce child labor and improve gender equality in the Ethiopian coffee sector. Specifically, the grant is part of the 50-month She Thrives project funded
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A blackburnian warbler perches on a coffee bush in a shade-coffee farm in Colombia. Photo by Virginia Tech’s Guillermo Santos, courtesy of Virginia Tech University. A survey of nearly 1,000 people who identified as birdwatchers and coffee drinkers found that only 9% have purchased bird-friendly-certified coffee, despite nearly half of all respondents identifying “conservation of
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The Global Coffee Platform, which grew out of a restructuring of the 4C Association in 2016, maintains a Baseline Coffee Code for basic sustainability practices in coffee farming. The Global Coffee Platform (GCP) today opened the floor for public input on a forthcoming major revision to its baseline sustainability code for the coffee sector. Not
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A house built with Woodpecker coffee lumber as part of a climate adaptation housing program. All images courtesy of Woodpecker SAS. From the third-largest coffee-producing country in the world, a company called Woodpecker is bringing new life to a coffee byproduct while providing sustainable building materials. The Bogotá, Colombia-based company is combining a recycled-plastic polymer
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Now with more than a decade of experience, the Initiative for Coffee&Climate (styled as “coffee&climate” or “c&c”) is entering its third and final phase, designed to bring more climate resiliency strategies to more coffee farms. The organizers are seeking to build support for the farmer-focused climate initiative through an introductory webinar taking place on Tuesday,
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The nonprofit Partnership for Gender Equity (PGE) announced it has received $105,000 from a group of private companies to develop a “Gender Equity Index” for the coffee and cocoa industries. The Gender Equity Index (GEI) is envisioned as a tool to benefit organizations that are already engaged in gender equity initiatives, specifically those related to
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