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The Lamastus Family’s Elida Estate. Specialty Coffee Association of Panama photo. The 23rd Best of Panama specialty coffee auction resulted in astounding prices, including a BoP auction-record-breaking natural-process Gesha variety from the Lamastus family’s Elida Estate that fetched $1,029 per pound. The 49 lots sold at the auction generated nearly $560,000 for farmers, with per-pound
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Iván Duque speaking at Agroexpo last week in Colombia. Photo via the office of the President of the Republic of Colombia. Colombian President Iván Duque signed into law a new fund late last week designed to support the country’s smallholder farmers in times of downward price shocks. The law comes just days after renowned global
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I don’t want to sound heartless, but we need to stop subsidizing coffee production. As coffee prices are sitting at historic lows and destroying people’s lives, it is shocking to see the amount of discussion suggesting placing artificial price floors. I understand that such mechanisms appeal to people who feel we need to do “something,”
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International jurors from the second annual Ethiopian Cup auction, led by Dutch import company Trabocca. Trabocca Founder Menno Simons is pictured second from right. Photo by Trabocca. Organized by The Netherlands-based green coffee importer Trabocca, the Ethiopian Cup coffee auction resulted in USD $84,274 in premiums above a base price for coffee producers from the
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Daily Coffee News photo by Nick Brown. A growing number of progressive coffee companies from the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia have banded together in support of a radical new strategy to promote coffee purchasing transparency reporting. Seventeen companies and counting — predominantly roasters plus one importer (United States-based Coop Coffees) — have signed
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The 2019 Guatemala Cup of Excellence, produced by Anacafé and the Alliance for Coffee Excellence. All photos courtesy of the Alliance for Coffee Excellence. Three green coffee microlots scored 90+ at the 2019 Guatemala Cup of Excellence quality competition, which concluded last week in Guatemala City. All 20 coffees that scored 87+ after rigorous cupping
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World Coffee Producers Forum photo. Coffee leaders from Brazil and Colombia, the world’s two largest producers of arabica coffee, met in advance of next month’s World Coffee Producers Forum in Brazil to discuss solutions to the ongoing price crisis. Held at the headquarters of Brazil’s agriculture ministry in Brasilia, the meeting comes nearly 10 months
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The IAC circa 1920s. Courtesy photo. One of the oldest agricultural research centers in the world, the Agronomic Institute of Campinas (IAC) has had a remarkably powerful influence over the development of coffee in Brazil and, by extension, the world. The institute can claim responsibility for the development and dissemination of thousands plant varieties covering
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In coffee, the ongoing assumption is that the term “shade-grown” connotes increased biodiversity and some amount of bird friendliness. Yet as the local environmental effects of coffee-driven deforestation and agroforestry become better understood, researchers from the University of Delaware have concluded that the kind of trees make a significant difference in migratory bird friendliness. University
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Green Coffee. Daily Coffee News file photo. Donations from more than two dozen coffee-related companies helped generate more than $30,000 in the Spring Grounds for Health auction. In addition to giving quality specialty coffees, equipment and some business services to interested buyers, the auction ultimately goes towards the Vermont-based nonprofit’s cervical cancer screening and prevention
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Photos courtesy of the Alliance for Coffee Excellence. Six different microlots representing three different processing methods and five different coffee types scored higher than 90 points at the recent Cup of Excellence (CoE) green coffee quality competition in Honduras. Those lots, plus 24 others — each scoring 87+ according to an international jury of professional
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The 10-year chart of coffee prices. Image courtesy of Macrotrends. Within the latest call to action to address the lingering coffee price crisis, the Germany-based, sustainability-focused nonprofit Global Coffee Platform has asked coffee buyers to consider fundamentally revising their approach to futures contracts in the commodities market. Published in conjunction with the World of Coffee
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A Coffea Liberica tree in Borneo. Photo by Asser Christensen. The coffee species liberica (C. liberica) tastes bitter, metallic and woody. Such has been the commonly accepted perception within the specialty coffee community. In recent years, a small group of coffee professionals from Malaysia and Germany has begun to question that assumption. Could it be
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While there seems to be a new academic study out every day regarding the relationship between coffee consumption and health, many other aspects of coffee — as a plant, as an agricultural sector and as an industry — remain woefully under-researched. Futher, by coffee’s global and technical nature, what academic research does exist within the
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