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The new Aldea Coffee shop at 794 Pine St in downtown Muskegon, Michigan. All photos courtesy of Aldea Coffee. In the lakeside enclave of Muskegon, Michigan, progressive coffee company Aldea Coffee opened its second brick-and-mortar location last month. Through its 10-year-old nonprofit sister organization Aldea Development, the roasting and retail business also supports a program
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A cupping at the SanCoffee warehouse as The Cup of Excellence coffee quality competition and auction program celebrated its 20th anniversary earlier this year in Brazil. Daily Coffee News photo by Howard Bryman. Driven by the pursuit of quality, consumer interest in traceability and sustainability, and the proliferation of the internet, the specialty coffee industry
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Sustainable Harvest and Founder and CEO David Griswold at the 2018 Let’s Talk Coffee event in Colombia. Daily Coffee News photo. Less than three weeks after the UK-based charity nonprofit Twin announced it was ceasing operations, United States coffee importer Sustainable Harvest has taken over the coffee importing and development organization Twin Trading. Representatives of
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The Cup of Excellence is coming to Ecuador for the first time in the event’s 20-year history. Daily Coffee News photo by Howard Bryman. For the first time, the Cup of Excellence (CoE) competition and auction is coming to Ecuador, a country widely regarded by coffee buyers as having a wealth of untapped potential in
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The Coffee for Peace logo Colombia’s National Federation of Coffee Growers (FNC) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) have launched a major marketing and trade facilitation initiative called Coffee for Peace. Formally announced nearly two weeks ago at Colombia’s major coffee expo, Cafés de Colombia in Bogotá, the Coffee for Peace program
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Earth-friendly certifications and standards abound for products like coffee, chocolate and palm oil. But do the programs work? A frog the size of a fingernail. A poncho-clad farmer leading his mule. A tree, some intertwining leaves, a silhouetted figure holding a pot. Such logos are stamped on labels of coffee, cocoa, mangoes, jeans and myriad
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Nespresso’s Cafecito de Puerto Rico pods will be available to U.S. consumers who donate to the Hispanic Federation’s tree-planting campaign. All images courtesy of Nespresso. In partnership with the nonprofit Hispanic Federation, Nespresso has launched a fundraiser to help revitalize the Puerto Rican coffee industry following hurricanes Maria and Irma, which decimated much of the
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From www.farmerconnect.com Adding to the growing list of blockchain-based platforms focused on the coffee sector is Farmer Connect, a Swiss-born platform with initial participation from multiple multinational coffee trading organizations. Founded by Dave Behrends, the head of trading at the Geneva-based green coffee trading company Sucafina, the Farmer Connect platform officially launched last month with
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Sustainable, shade-grown coffee in Ai Ni Coffee Farm, Yunnan, China (Image: Karoline Kan/China Dialogue) This is the second of Karoline Kan’s two-part series on coffee growing in the Mekong region. Part one is available here. In a street renovated for Buon Ma Thuot’s seventh biennial coffee festival, tourists sat in cafes watching children sing and dance in the traditional dress of the Ede people.
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Farmer Y Bel Eban in his coffee farm, Krong village, Buon Ma Thuot, Vietnam (Image: Karoline Kan/chinadialogue) Drought aggravated by climate change is hurting coffee growers in the Mekong region, and intensive farming techniques are part of the problem. In villages around the city of Buon Ma Thuot, Vietnamese farmers wait for the monsoon that normally arrives
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Honey-process coffee. Daily Coffee News photo. Nearly a year ago, as the current coffee price crisis was becoming painfully apparent to the industry at large, Daily Coffee News published “A New World Coffee Order.” Written by Luis,  the article called for different coffee value chain players to rethink their roles on how they can develop
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The head of global agri-business giant Olam International‘s coffee division, Vivek Verma, today spoke loudly in support of creating a global price stabilization fund for coffee. The timing of Verma’s comments — issued by London- and Singapore-based Olam — is significant not only because it is International Coffee Day, but because coffee prices remain at
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(Editor’s note: This article originally appeared in the January/February 2016 issue of Roast Magazine. Links have been added for context.) The story of specialty coffee in Nariño, Colombia, is a story of separation. It’s a story that began in 1945, when Enrique Vásquez, a young paisa from Medellín, ventured to lower Manhattan to learn the coffee
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