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A landscape in the Brazilian coffeelands. All photos courtesy of the author, Jonas Leme Ferraresso. Among the fresh crop of COVID-19-related question marks now floating around the coffee industry, few are larger than the ones involving Brazil, which is approaching its annual harvest. This year’s harvest for what is by far the world’s largest coffee-producing
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Coffee throughout the high-elevation landscape of southern Huila, Colombia. All images courtesy of Passenger Coffee. Winning lots from the first-ever Copa Suaceña regional cupping competition in Colombia are now emerging from quality-focused roasting companies throughout the United States. Lancaster, Pennsylvania-based Passenger Coffee has launched a series showcasing the top six winners of the competition that
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Roasted Zabuni Coffee on display at the Zabuni warehouse in Grand Island, Nebraska. All images courtesy of Zabuni Specialty Coffee Auction. Nebraska-based Kenyan coffee auction company Zabuni Specialty Coffee Auction completed its inaugural green coffee auction online late last year. At that time, a variety of roasted coffees were on hand to celebrate the occasion
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(Editor’s note: The following comes from an article that appeared in the March/April 2020 issue of Roast Magazine. Click here to read the full article.) A conversation between Trish Rothgeb, co-founder and roastmaster for Wrecking Ball Coffee Roasters in San Francisco, and Luis Rodriguez Ventura, coffee grower and owner of CAFERIUM in El Salvador, and featuring:  Aislinn
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Sacks of coffee at a warehouse. Daily Coffee News photo. The economic impact of COVID-19 in the leading coffee-consuming countries all over the world has been jarring and immediate, with widespread losses in the retail sector following stark changes in consumer behavior. Though the immediate spread of the pandemic has been slowed by shelter-in-place orders
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According to research published earlier this year, Brazil’s Southeastern Mountain coffee growing region could see a drastic loss of its viable coffee growing landscapes by the year 2050, due primarily to the rising global temperatures caused by a changing climate. Yet the study also provided some hope: If producers begin to implement coffee agroforestry systems
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Along with FOB, which stands for “free on board,” the “farmgate” price (or “farm gate” price) has been the most frequently used term to describe prices paid by buyers such as importers or roasters for green coffee. Discussing metrics such as the farmgate price publicly remains a relatively recent phenomenon in the coffee industry, driven
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The Moka Origins converted barn roastery in Honesdale, Pennsylvania. All photos courtesy of Moka Origins. Some coffee companies that have their roots planted at both ends of the supply chain may be feeling the COVID-19 pandemic approaching from multiple angles. One example is Pennsylvania coffee roaster and chocolatier Moka Origins, which is trying to help
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The Pittsburgh area roaster and retailer Crazy Mocha became the first U.S. roaster selling iFinca -verified coffees. All images courtesy of iFinca. A new app- and bockchain-based green coffee trading platform called iFinca is pitching the promise of traceability to ultimately give farmers a larger slice of the pie. After about nine months of development,
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Coffee plants growing on a farm. Daily Coffee News file photo. One of the hallmarks of the single-origin specialty coffee movement has been an appreciation for specific varieties within the arabica species of coffee. Like the Pinot Noir or Cabernet Sauvignon varieties to wine, coffee varieties such as Bourbon, Pacamara or Gesha are not merely
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Following a British public television Channel 4 investigative report that aired in March, Nespresso has announced the results of its own internal investigation into child labor in its supply chain in the Fraijanes region of Guatemala. The Nestlé-owned company, which was named in the original Channel 4 “Dispatches” report alongside Starbucks, said that among the
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Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures, and the organizers of the first ever Ethiopia Cup of Excellence coffee quality competition have announced that the final “international week” will take place in the United States, in Portland, Oregon. Typically, the Cup of Excellence brings together esteemed international and national coffee judges within the event’s host nation,
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Farmers involved in the Coffee for Peace microlot program. All photos courtesy of Coffee for Peace. As the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect consumption habits and coffee business operations throughout the globe, roasters now have a new online resource for sourcing fresh Colombian greens through Coffee for Peace. Officially launched last year through a
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A judge filling out an evaluation form at a 2019 Brazil Cup of Excellence event. Daily Coffee News photo by Howard Bryman. The organizer of Cup of Excellence green quality competitions all over the coffee-growing world, the Alliance for Coffee Excellence is exploring ways to move forward with 2020 auctions. Travel bans and cancellations, restrictions
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A coffee farmer from Planadas, Colombia, who will is benefitting from the new facility, according to Olam. Photo courtesy of Olam Coffee. Four coffee-focused businesses have partnered to create a new coffee lab and training center in post-conflict zones of Southwest Colombia. Green coffee trader Olam, the UK grocery operator John Lewis Partnership, Irish roaster
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Filter Stories podcast and MarginalisedFarmers.org creator James Harper interviewing coffee farmers. All images courtesy of Filter Stories. Coffee roasting and retail companies often take pride in sourcing green coffee directly from farmers, skipping intermediaries and paying responsible prices straight into the pockets of producers. Yet for every individual farm or producer group that is able
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Peet’s coffee 2020 anniversary blend, featuring 100% women-grown coffee from Colombia. Press photo. Emeryville, California-based Peet’s Coffee has released its annual anniversary blend, this year supporting a center for women’s entrepreneurship in the Colombian coffeelands. Last year, the company joined with the Coocentral cooperative in the Huila region and Portland, Oregon-based importer Sustainable Harvest to
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Nespresso production centre in Orbe, Switzerland. Press photo. Swiss coffee giant Nespresso is responding to allegations of child labor in its supply chain that are scheduled to air in a UK television documentary next week. The company has issued a public statement as well as a video from its newly appointed CEO, Guillaume Le Cunff,
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Farmers submitting samples in Hawassa. Press photo by Feed the Future Ethiopia Value Chain Activity, funded by USAID. The inaugural Cup of Excellence coffee quality competition and auction program in Ethiopia is off to an auspicious start, with 1,459 coffee samples submitted, breaking the long-running competition’s previous record by more than 400. With a more
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At the declaration of Colombia’s Coffee Price Stabilization Fund. FNC photo. The Colombian government officially launched a coffee price stabilization fund designed to protect the country’s hundreds of thousands of coffee farmers from the volatility of the commodities market. The groundbreaking Coffee Price Stabilization Fund, or el Fondo de Estabilización de Precios del Café (FEPC),
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At the Xinacla Mill during ECWx Honduras. Photo courtesy of Intelligentsia Coffee. Despite all its growth over the years, Chicago-based Intelligentsia Coffee, at its sourcing core, has maintained a steadfast commitment to promoting quality and sustainable long-term relationships with coffee farmers. That commitment is evident in the company’s recent social impact coffee event series ECWx,
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The Expat Roasters Beachwalk Brew Bar. All images courtesy of Expat Roasters. As its name suggests, Bali, Indonesia-based Expat Roasters (styled “Expat. Roasters” by the company), has always carried with it some non-local influences in its approach to coffee. Yet as the coffee roasting company has steadily grown over the past few years, while cultivating
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