Daily Coffee News file photo by Nick Brown Daily Coffee News photo by Nick Brown.Electric roaster maker Bellwether Coffee, the nonprofit Heifer International and green coffee trader Sustainable Harvest this morning announced a new pricing model that transparently ties green coffee purchases to living income benchmarks for coffee farmers. The organizations described the purchasing model,
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2017 file photo, courtesy of the Hawaii Coffee Association. Following a year characterized by disease outbreaks affecting both humans and plants, the Hawaii Coffee Association is preparing to host its 2021 conference online. Corresponding with the two-day event, taking place June 24-25, will be the finale of the Association’s 12th statewide cupping competition, including an
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Federico Ceballos-Sierra, University of Illinois, surveys coffee plants at his family farm in Colombia. Credit: College of AC ES, University of Illinois. New research focused on Colombia suggests that if current conditions and practices persist, climate change will dramatically reshape where arabica coffee can be grown by the middle part of this century. Coming from
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The cover of the new Shade Catalog by Conservation International, Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center and World Coffee Research. Agroforestry, i.e. the integration of trees and shrubs into cultivated cropland, has been widely touted as beneficial to the environment. It can provide shade to sun-baked crop plants and soils, protect and enhance biodiversity, attract life-giving pollinators,
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The dark fruit of Coffea Stenophylla, which resembles arabica in size and perhaps in quality. All images courtesy of CIRAD. More than two years after the rediscovery of what’s being popularly referred to as the “lost coffee species” — formally Coffea Stenophylla — researchers have triumphantly offered a potential gustatory alternative to the arabica coffee species
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The International Women’s Coffee Alliance (IWCA) has made a major play in bringing its members’ coffees to market through a new agreement with the international wholesale distributor of Mutombo Coffee, Cajary Majlis. Based at the Dubai Multi-Commodities Centre (DMCC) free zone with offices in Atlanta and New Orleans, Cajary Majlis is the wholesale distributor and
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Natural-process coffee on a raised drying bed. Daily Coffee News photo. Researchers from parts of Africa and Europe have shed new light on how climate change may affect what’s considered “specialty coffee” growth in Ethiopia throughout the rest of this century. Incorporating advanced modeling for climates, topography and soils using specific geographical reference points throughout
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Cocomiel is importing green coffee, honey and other products to the United States. Courtesy photo. A relatively new brand with deep roots in the coffee sustainability movement called Cocomiel (styled as “CocoMiel”) has announced its United States nationwide launch, offering single-origin, traceable Guatemalan green coffee alongside unfiltered honey. Cocomiel is one of the numerous progressive
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The nonprofit Alliance for Coffee Excellence (ACE) and Yemeni coffee organization Qima Coffee are reprising their high-end coffee auction with potentially more coffees and  additional positive outcomes for coffee farmers throughout Yemen. For the Best of Yemen 2021 auction, tentatively scheduled to take place online in August, the groups are working to scale the program
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Just as coffee is a living, changing thing, so too is the industry’s collective evaluation of it. One organization pushing the envelope in coffee evaluation is the professional education-focused Sustainable Coffee Institute (SCI). After years of development, the Portland, Oregon-based nonprofit has released a new cupping form and associated cupping protocols, free resources designed to
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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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