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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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Coffee drying in cherry. Daily Coffee News photo by Nick Brown. The Specialty Coffee Transaction Guide released its latest and largest update just a few days before the end of 2019. The Guide itself is a continuously evolving compendium of financial data donated by willing participants in the importing and roasting segments of the coffee
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A trio of progressive specialty coffee companies are teaming up to offer what they’re describing as the first roasted coffee to follow a completely certified B Corp-certified supply chain. San Rafael, California-based coffee roaster and retailer Equator Coffees lives on the tail end of that chain, which begins with the Brazilian coffee producer Daterra Coffee
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Somewhere on a spectrum that includes gravitational pull on ocean tides and werewolf transformations, it seems coffee plants are oddly affected by the lunar cycle, too. First-of-its-kind research from the French agricultural nonprofit CIRAD — which does tons of interesting work in the coffee sector — has found that moonlight has the ability to disrupt
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The Ikawa Pro V3 Sample Roaster making its debut at the 2018 World of Coffee Event. Photo by Lily Kubota/Daily Coffee News. Countertop roaster maker Ikawa and the coffee trading platform Algrano have teamed up for a crowdfunding campaign to supply coffee growers in three South American countries with sample roasters. According to Switzerland-based Algrano,
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Coffee being grown in China’s Yunnan province. Daily Coffee News photo by Connie Blumhardt. China’s largest coffee conference has been postponed due to the ongoing outbreak of the coronavirus. Organizers of the China International Specialty Coffee Expo 2020 have announced an indefinite postponement of the event, which was scheduled to take place March 18-22 in
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(Editor’s note: The following comes from an article that appeared in the January/February 2020 issue of Roast Magazine. Click here to read the full article. Photos courtesy of The Partnership for Gender Equity.) “Equity” has spurred national and international conversations on race, economics, national origin, sexual orientation, age, religion, gender and more. The word itself brings
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“Mt Gorongosa – Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique” by Thomas Shahan. The use of this image is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International. It has been cropped. See the original here. Nespresso has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique for a project designed to develop approximately 1,000 hectares
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Seedlings at Finca Huixoc. Courtesy photo. Guatemalan coffee has long held a place of honor among specialty coffee roasters. Regional names like Antigua, Cobán, and Huehuetenango are familiar to many, and are frequently synonymous with exceptional quality. The country’s history with coffee runs deep; most historians credit it as the first country in Central America
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Malaysian liberica coffee. All images courtesy of Esham Salam, House of Kendal. Although Coffea Arabica and Coffea Robusta remain by far the world’s two most popular coffee species for commercial cultivation, plant breeders and coffee experts alike have long held the door slightly open for Coffea Liberica. Representing just a portion of 1% of the world’s commercially grown
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From the ICO Coffee Development Report 2019. Among the myriad corporate coffee promotional efforts, retail coffee giveaways and even a #coffeepledge to promote the work of coffee farmers last International Coffee Day (Oct. 1) was a groundbreaking report from the International Coffee Organization (ICO). Produced with financial support from the German economic development ministry, The
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The expanded Algrano staff. Courtesy photo. Swiss coffee trading tech company Algrano has completed another funding round of 4 million Swiss Francs (approximately $4.04 million USD, as of this writing). The investment comes about 18 months after an initial $2 million investment that helped the company relocate its headquarters to Zurich. The company has also
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From the new Alliance for Resilient Coffee website. There’s a new resource for actors throughout the coffee world to explore information and resources towards developing climate resiliency and adaptation in the coffee sector. The Alliance for Resilient Coffee (ARC), a consortium of six notable sustainability-minded NGOs in the coffee sector backed by funding from the
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Honey processing. Daily Coffee News photo. As might be expected, the topic on many people’s minds this year was coffee prices, which for much of the year sat at woefully unsustainable levels. Like weather-related events, the massive leaf rust outbreak throughout Mesoamerica in the earlier part of this decade, or political instability, prices on the
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Beans of threatened coffee species Ambongo (left) and Arabica (right) in Madagascar. Photo courtesy of Kew. The year in coffee science news began with some groundbreaking but dismal news that most wild coffee species, including arabica, are now classified as in danger of extinction. Yet for what wild and commercially cultivated coffee remains, scientists brought
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2019 saw a spectacularly dichotomous coffee market, with historically low prices for much of the year for the basest commodity coffees — those that constitute the bulk of the coffee trade — and astronomical highs at public auctions for the best of the best coffees. Stuck somewhere towards the middle of all this are green
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From Front Range Biosciences’ ‘Clean Stock’ program. Photo courtesy of Front Range Biosciences. While botanists, agronomists and other scientists in myriad fields have been hard at work here on earth trying to unlock the secrets to developing higher-quality, higher-yielding and more resilient and robust coffee plants, coffee in space remains largely uncharted territory. Colorado-based firm
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Starmaya “seeds.” CIRAD photo. Describing it as a “godsend” and a “minor revolution for the industry,” the nonprofit agricultural research and development organization CIRAD says it has developed the first F1 hybrid coffee seeds (beans) that could be used for widespread commercial cultivation. The group said the production cost of the seeds is half as
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Three women at a Grounds for Health screening at Dore Bafano Primary Hospital in Sidama. Grounds for Health photo. The Vermont-based nonprofit Grounds for Health is receiving a two-year, $175,000 grant from the Starbucks Foundation that will greatly increase the group’s programming in coffee communities in Ethiopia. The grant represents the first time the Starbucks
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Pennyroyal Coffee opened on E. Hastings in East Vancouver’s Hastings-Sunrise neighborhood this fall, specializing in specialty coffees from Indonesia and elsewhere. All images courtesy of Pennyroyal Coffee. Specialty coffee from Indonesia is continuing to grow a devoted fanbase in North America with the opening of Pennyroyal Coffee in Vancouver, B.C. After establishing the coffee business
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