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Cup of Excellence-winning producer Roberto Ulloa with El Salvador Coffee Council Executive Director Lily Pacas. Courtesy photo. Proving yet again that the COVID-19 pandemic has not dissuaded some buyers from paying top dollar for top-quality coffees, the 17th El Salvador Cup of Excellence auction recently concluded with a record-high price per pound. In total, the
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The first poster in the Coffee for Peace Micro-Processors 2.0 poster series. The full series is available through the Coffee For Peace website. Courtesy image. The Colombia-focused Coffee For Peace initiative has resulted in colorful educational posters on the basics of coffee processing called Micro-Processors 2.0 (Microprocesadores). Initially intended for use by coffee producers in
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Daily Coffee News photo Production cost at the farm level remains a controversial subject in the specialty coffee industry as it moves towards increased price transparency. On one hand, understanding costs as a buyer is an essential step in understanding value. Yet, on the other hand, a common concern among smallholder farmer advocates is that
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Photo courtesy of the Seeds for Progress Foundation. The education-focused Nicaraguan nonprofit Seeds for Progress and the Mercon Coffee Group have launched a COVID-19 relief project affecting coffee-growing communities in Nicaragua as they prepare for harvest season. With a €100,000 ($118,000 USD) relief fund allocated by Dutch development bank FMO, the project is expected to
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Daily Coffee News photo. The COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating a range of existing issues facing smallholder coffee farmers in some of the world’s most revered and productive coffee-producing countries, according to a recent survey by the nonprofit Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung (HRNS). Persistent and historically low global coffee prices are understandably at the top of
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Workers transporting coffee seedlings in Colombia’s Caldas Department. All images courtesy of RGC Americas. As the seed-to-cup narrative typically begins with coffee farmers, it thereby leaves out a critical group of people who make coffee production possible: farmworkers. Farmworkers remain the most vulnerable actors within the coffee supply stream, yet without them coffee would not
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The nonprofit Global Coffee Platform (GCP) is launching a four-year initiative tackling the ongoing issue of modern day slavery in the Brazilian coffee sector. Organized in coordination with the Brazilian slavery eradication group InPACTO and the Brazilian exporters council Cecafé, the four-year initiative will involve a broad range of implementing partners such as coffee cooperatives,
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The COVID-19 pandemic will continue to affect coffee supply chains as farmers and producers expect to experience prolonged labor shortages, increased production costs, diminished infrastructure and a reduction in commitments from buyers. These are some of the takeaways from an International Coffee Organization report on an expansive survey of coffee exporting country representatives from 16
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(Editor’s note: This article by Jeff Neilson, Diany Faila Sophia Hartatri, and Mark Vicol originally appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of Roast Magazine. Links have been added for context.) The global specialty coffee sector has grown rapidly in recent years amid the increasing demand for high-quality coffee. In Indonesia, coffee has long been a smallholder crop, typically
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Photo courtesy of Rainforest Alliance. Just over three years after leading agricultural certification agencies Rainforest Alliance and UTZ announced plans to merge under the Rainforest Alliance name, the group today unveiled its sweeping new certification program. Expected by the global nonprofit organization to be adopted by an existing network of at least two million farmers
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Geneva, Switzerland-based global green coffee trader Sucafina has brought its various coffee merchant brands under one new unified brand, Sucafina Specialty. Previously, the Sucafina group encompassed 32Cup Specialty Coffee, based in Antwerp, Belgium; Australia-based MTC, which it acquired in 2018; and Sucafina North America, based in Fairfax, Virginia. All three of those operations now fall
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