Coffee drying in parchment. Daily Coffee News photo by Nick Brown. Spurred by the 2018/19 coffee price crisis and decades of price volatility negatively affecting farmers, Fairtrade International has launched its first ever living-income reference prices for Colombian coffee. The international nonprofit’s Living Income Reference Prices — being referred to as LIRPs — were designed
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A coffee plant showing leaf rust spots on Hawaii Island. November 2020 photo from the Hawaii Board of Agriculture. The highly contagious, crop-killing coffee leaf rust disease (CLR) has now been discovered on all major Hawaiian islands, according the Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA). The agency informed the public of the discovery of the rust-causing
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Metric Coffee’s Source Code magazine. Images courtesy of Metric Coffee. Chicago-based roasting outfit Metric Coffee has dived into the publishing game, launching a magazine called “Source Code” with a companion podcast about sustainable green coffee purchasing and prices. With 15 episodes scheduled, the podcast series features conversations with coffee roasters and traders, with episode 1
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Frost on mature coffee plants in the city of Cristais Paulista, São Paolo. Photo courtesy of Jonas Ferraresso. [Editor’s note: Beginning two weeks ago ago, approximately three nights of frost touched farmlands in Southeastern Brazil, affecting corn, sugarcane, potato and other important food and cash crops. Frost also touched several key coffee-growing regions — in
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Steve Patton of Yuni Coffee Co. logging coffees. Photo courtesy of CQI. The first green coffee competition ever to take place in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic is underway, part of a broad multi-stakeholder effort to boost the country’s agricultural sector and forge international market connections. Currently, 120 kilograms of arabica and robusta samples that
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El Salvador Cup of Excellence winners Giancarlo Rusconi (left) and Ever Leonel Díaz Pérez at the recent awards ceremony. All photo courtesy of Cup of Excellence. The nonprofit Cup and Excellence (COE) and the Salvadoran Coffee Council (CSC) have announced 24 winners of the 2021 El Salvador Cup of Excellence competition, including a longtime coffee
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The Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) is launching the Green Coffee Summit, a free online event for green coffee market participants taking place Aug. 25-26. The Summit will be augmented by a green coffee digital resources library curated by the SCA. Conceptually, the Green Coffee Summit resembles the SCA’s Coffee Retail Summit, which concluded its second
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As climate change, monocropping and other human-led environmental degradations further strain the delicate ecosystems required for coffee production, researchers in Colombia have uncovered new evidence to support more trees and bees. An investigation led by the Colombian national coffee research agency Cenicafé and German multinational pharmaceutical company Bayer AG identified 88 species of native bees
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Native shade trees among the coffee plants at Aquiares in Costa Rica. All images courtesy of the author, unless otherwise noted. As climate change continues to affect global agricultural systems, it is imperative that coffee producers and consumers alike progress towards sustainable solutions. There are countless examples of innovation in environmental sustainability throughout the coffee
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2021 Ethiopia Cup of Excellence 1st- and 5th-place-winning coffee producer Tamiru Tadesse Tesema. All images courtesy of Cup of Excellence. The second-ever Ethiopia Cup of Excellence green coffee competition resulted in 39 lots scoring 87+ points, with five of those coffees exceeding the 90-point mark, according to an international jury. Representing different growing areas, processing
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The Maverick Coffee Trading logo. All images courtesy of Maverick Coffee Trading. A green coffee trading company called Maverick Coffee Trading has sprung to life in The Netherlands, focusing on coffees from numerous countries and continents of origin. Based in Woerden in the central Netherlands, Maverick was founded by UK native and longtime coffee trading
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Nick Brown | May 27, 2021 IWCA Executive Director Sarada Krishnan. IWCA/Jamaican Women in Coffee (JWiC) photo. Decorated coffee scientist and coffee sector leader Dr. Sarada Krishnan has been appointed to the role of executive director of the International Women’s Coffee Alliance. In the role, Krishnan will oversee IWCA programs, fundraising and events while directing
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Agriculture-loving Texas A&M University is sowing its first seeds in the coffee business, offering fresh roasts of single-origin Guatemalan beans under the name 12th Man Coffee. With a brand name appealing to the university’s all-too-faithful sports fan base, the coffee product is financially benefiting the work of the coffee geeks down at the  Norman Borlaug
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Coffee Trust and Cocomiel Founder Bill Fishbein. Courtesy photo. One of the United States specialty coffee industry’s original progressive voices and a longtime advocate for coffee producers, Bill Fishbein has witnessed some four decades of changes in the coffee trade. Importantly, the 2002 Specialty Coffee Association of America Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Coffee Kids co-founder
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