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From www.farmerconnect.com Adding to the growing list of blockchain-based platforms focused on the coffee sector is Farmer Connect, a Swiss-born platform with initial participation from multiple multinational coffee trading organizations. Founded by Dave Behrends, the head of trading at the Geneva-based green coffee trading company Sucafina, the Farmer Connect platform officially launched last month with
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Sustainable, shade-grown coffee in Ai Ni Coffee Farm, Yunnan, China (Image: Karoline Kan/China Dialogue) This is the second of Karoline Kan’s two-part series on coffee growing in the Mekong region. Part one is available here. In a street renovated for Buon Ma Thuot’s seventh biennial coffee festival, tourists sat in cafes watching children sing and dance in the traditional dress of the Ede people.
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Farmer Y Bel Eban in his coffee farm, Krong village, Buon Ma Thuot, Vietnam (Image: Karoline Kan/chinadialogue) Drought aggravated by climate change is hurting coffee growers in the Mekong region, and intensive farming techniques are part of the problem. In villages around the city of Buon Ma Thuot, Vietnamese farmers wait for the monsoon that normally arrives
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The head of global agri-business giant Olam International‘s coffee division, Vivek Verma, today spoke loudly in support of creating a global price stabilization fund for coffee. The timing of Verma’s comments — issued by London- and Singapore-based Olam — is significant not only because it is International Coffee Day, but because coffee prices remain at
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(Editor’s note: This article originally appeared in the January/February 2016 issue of Roast Magazine. Links have been added for context.) The story of specialty coffee in Nariño, Colombia, is a story of separation. It’s a story that began in 1945, when Enrique Vásquez, a young paisa from Medellín, ventured to lower Manhattan to learn the coffee
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Honey-process coffee. Daily Coffee News photo. Nearly a year ago, as the current coffee price crisis was becoming painfully apparent to the industry at large, Daily Coffee News published “A New World Coffee Order.” Written by Luis,  the article called for different coffee value chain players to rethink their roles on how they can develop
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Grupo Crawford and Propina platform Founder and CEO Crawford Hawkins. Courtesy photo. A new app-based platform is designed to make it easy for coffee consumers to tip the people who make their coffee — not their coffee drinks, but the beans themselves. Social enterprise firm Grupo Crawford launched Propina earlier this month with two different
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Natural coffee being dried at Kerchanshe Trading’s washing station in Anasora. File photo by Mark Shimahara/Daily Coffee News The Ethiopian government and the European Union have officially embarked on a €15 million (approximately $16.5 million USD), five-year program designed to boost the Ethiopian coffee sector. The program, called EU-Coffee Action for the Federal Democratic Republic
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Emily and Michael McIntyre, two of the three co-founders — along with Zelalem Girma Bayou — of the new Ethiopian coffee trading company Catalyst Trade. Photo by Emily McIntrye, courtesy of Catalyst Trade. Upon launching their family-run, seed-to-cup coffee consulting brand Catalyst Coffee Consulting, founders Emily and Michael McIntyre weren’t exactly sure where the venture
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From the 11th Annual Hawaii Coffee Association statewide cupping competition. All photos courtesy of the Hawaii Coffee Association. A rare homegrown coffee quality competition took place late last month in the United States, as the Hawaii Coffee Association held its 24th annual conference and 11th statewide cupping competition. Kona-based Pacific Coffee Research again organized the
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Massachusetts-based nonprofit Verité, which works to improve labor conditions in some of the most exploitative industries throughout the world, has received funding for a three-year project addressing labor in Brazil, Colombia and Mexico. Funding for the project — called the Cooperation On Fair, Free, Equitable Employment (COFFEE) Project — comes from the U.S. Department of
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The Novus Coffee Imports team cupping. All images courtesy of Novus Coffee Imports. Longtime coffee trading company Mercon Coffee Group has launched a new specialty coffee importing division called Novus Coffee Imports. With a home base in Seattle, Novus will specialize in the sale of microlots, traceable estate-grown coffees and other premium green coffees to
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