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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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The new Aldea Coffee shop at 794 Pine St in downtown Muskegon, Michigan. All photos courtesy of Aldea Coffee. In the lakeside enclave of Muskegon, Michigan, progressive coffee company Aldea Coffee opened its second brick-and-mortar location last month. Through its 10-year-old nonprofit sister organization Aldea Development, the roasting and retail business also supports a program
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A cupping at the SanCoffee warehouse as The Cup of Excellence coffee quality competition and auction program celebrated its 20th anniversary earlier this year in Brazil. Daily Coffee News photo by Howard Bryman. Driven by the pursuit of quality, consumer interest in traceability and sustainability, and the proliferation of the internet, the specialty coffee industry
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Sustainable Harvest and Founder and CEO David Griswold at the 2018 Let’s Talk Coffee event in Colombia. Daily Coffee News photo. Less than three weeks after the UK-based charity nonprofit Twin announced it was ceasing operations, United States coffee importer Sustainable Harvest has taken over the coffee importing and development organization Twin Trading. Representatives of
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The Cup of Excellence is coming to Ecuador for the first time in the event’s 20-year history. Daily Coffee News photo by Howard Bryman. For the first time, the Cup of Excellence (CoE) competition and auction is coming to Ecuador, a country widely regarded by coffee buyers as having a wealth of untapped potential in
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The Coffee for Peace logo Colombia’s National Federation of Coffee Growers (FNC) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) have launched a major marketing and trade facilitation initiative called Coffee for Peace. Formally announced nearly two weeks ago at Colombia’s major coffee expo, Cafés de Colombia in Bogotá, the Coffee for Peace program
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Earth-friendly certifications and standards abound for products like coffee, chocolate and palm oil. But do the programs work? A frog the size of a fingernail. A poncho-clad farmer leading his mule. A tree, some intertwining leaves, a silhouetted figure holding a pot. Such logos are stamped on labels of coffee, cocoa, mangoes, jeans and myriad
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Nespresso’s Cafecito de Puerto Rico pods will be available to U.S. consumers who donate to the Hispanic Federation’s tree-planting campaign. All images courtesy of Nespresso. In partnership with the nonprofit Hispanic Federation, Nespresso has launched a fundraiser to help revitalize the Puerto Rican coffee industry following hurricanes Maria and Irma, which decimated much of the
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