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Nick Brown | November 26, 2021 A Green Coffee Company farm in Salgar, Antioquia, Colombia. All images courtesy of GCC. Three-year-old Colombian coffee producer Green Coffee Company (GCC) has attained Rainforest Alliance certification for all 11 of its company-operated farms. Unlike most producer groups or cooperatives, which might hold group certification covering scores or hundreds
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The National Science Foundation (NSF) of the United States has awarded $3.4 million worth of grants to numerous groups embarking on a five-year sustainable coffee production project in Honduras. Involving coffee farmers in the Yoro region in northwest Honduras, the project is designed to create a model and framework for sustainable production by bringing together
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The Aquarela Coffee storefront in downtown Los Angeles. All images courtesy of Aquarela Coffee/ S P L A. Southern California’s Brazil-connected S P L A Coffee has emerged from a transformative pandemic period with a new brand name, Aquarela Coffee, a new roasting operation and a renewed focus on single-origin Brazilian specialty coffees. Taking its
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Marettino Master Roaster Alberto Morettino. Images courtesy of Morettino. Last month, the mature, deeply entrenched relationship between Italy and coffee experienced a wild new twist as the longtime roasting company Morettino brought forth the first green coffee ever produced in the country. On the island of Sicily, north of the company headquarters in Palermo, the
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On Tuesday, Nov. 2, the COP26 climate summit’s first major deal among 100 world leaders involved a commitment to end or reverse deforestation by 2030. Supported by an approximately $19 billion commitment announced in Glasgow, Scotland, the herculean task would require nations to significantly reevaluate their economic trade and sustainable land management strategies. Industrial agriculture
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Coffee growing off the shores of Lake Kivu in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. All images courtesy of Nespresso. A new public/private project called the Gorilla Coffee Alliance is seeking to boost coffee production and create sustainable income among farmers in the South Kivu region in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Currently
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A screenshot of Sucafina Coffee Education Manager Tim Heinze in an online introduction. Courtesy of Sucafina. Green coffee trading company Sucafina has launched The Center, a coffee education hub for professionals throughout the world of coffee. The Center is technically an offshoot of the Swiss company’s North American unit, although Sucafina Coffee Education Manager Tim
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A cadre of international coffee experts is convening over the next two days (Nov. 10-11) for an online conference on adding value to coffee production through intellectual property. The program is the first Asia/Pacific regional coffee conference held by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), one of 15 specialized agencies of the United Nations. Despite
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Yayu forest Ethiopia © Emily Garthwaite/Union Hand-Roasted Coffee. [Editor’s note: The following story highlights a collaborative study released earlier this year called “The potential for income improvement and biodiversity conservation via specialty coffee in Ethiopia.” A lead author of that study was Pascale Schuit of Union Hand Roasted Coffee. An version of this story first
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The nonprofit Alliance for Coffee Excellence (ACE) has partnered with producer-focused coffee technology startup M-Cultivo to launch Brazil Select, an online marketplace featuring 30 Brazilian microlots of green coffee. With ties to the recent Cup of Excellence (COE) competition and the support of the Brazilian Specialty Coffee Association (BSCA), the marketplace will offer coffees that
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Daily Coffee News file photo by Nick Brown. The Colombian federal government has signed into action Conpes 4052, a nine-year roadmap for improvement of the Colombian coffee sector with $34,531 Colombian pesos (approximately US$9.1 million, as of this writing) in designated funding. The landmark agreement for the Colombian coffee sector was created by the Colombian
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A coffee plant showing leaf rust spots on Hawaii Island. November 2020 press photo from the Hawaii Board of Agriculture. The global fight against coffee leaf rust just got a major boost from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), which issued a four-year, $6 million grant for a coordinated research effort. While the grant
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2021 World Barista Champion Diego Campos of Colombia. All images courtesy of World Coffee Events. Following intense competition from scores of international competitors in Milan, Italy, the world has three new coffee champions, including 2021 World Barista Champion Diego Campos of Colombia. Matt Winton of Switzerland has earned the title of 2021 World Brewers Cup
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Nick Brown | October 27, 2021 A woman in Kenya is accused of defrauding coffee-producing organizations out of hundreds of thousands of dollars while falsely claiming to be an official representative of the International Coffee Organization (ICO). Caroline Karanja was arrested by authorities in Tharaka-Nithi earlier this month, and is currently being held without bail
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Outside the new Cafetano coffee shop and roastery in Pittsburgh. All images courtesy of Cafetano. Honduras-based specialty coffee company Cafetano opened its first retail location in the United States last weekend, completing a farm-to-cup connection in Pittsburgh. Cafetano Owner Mirko Cuculiza brought the brand to the Steel City in partnership with Pittsburgh-based entrepreneur Carl Allison.
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From the cover of “Fairtrade and Climate Change,” a new study with funding from the European Union. A wide-ranging new study from Fairtrade International suggests that intensifying impacts of climate change will present a financial threat to millions of agricultural producers, including coffee farmers, all over the globe. Released today, ahead of the forthcoming 2021
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Daily Coffee News photo by Nick Brown. Two of the coffee industry’s most recognizable certification organizations, Fairtrade International and B Lab, are partnering to advance the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Though the details of the partnership have not been made public, Bonn, Germany-based Fairtrade International said the deal will commit the two organizations
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Crop storage and handling solutions provider GrainPro and the nonprofit Food 4 Farmers have launched a strategic partnership to address food insecurity in coffee-growing communities in Latin America. The United States-based organizations say they are aligned in a commitment to combat the daunting problem of seasonal hunger — sometimes called the “lean season” — among
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Green coffee importing cooperative Cooperative Coffees and nonprofit The Chain Collaborative are leading a three-part webinar series beginning this week that addresses coffee’s greatest existential threat: climate change. Specifically, the webinars will address carbon sequestration as a tool not just for farm-level climate resiliency, but for scalable, sustainable pathways throughout the coffee value chain. Presented
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The Global Coffee Platform (GCP) has released the new Coffee Sustainability Reference Code, a major reference resource designed to support coffee-sector-wide sustainability efforts. The Coffee Sustainability Reference Code represents the third major revision of the code originally known in 2004 as the Common Code for the Coffee Community (4C). The 2021 Code offers a common
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