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Inside the new La Finca Coffee shop in The Grove in St. Louis. All images courtesy of La Finca Coffee. Family and cultural traditions from Mexico and Colombia are converging around coffee in St. Louis, where La Finca Coffee‘s second location is now open. Colombian-style tinto made from black coffee with brown sugar and the
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UK-based publishing house Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing recently released what is arguably the most comprehensive and well-rounded text on climate-related sustainable agriculture in the coffee sector to date. Including chapters from more than two dozen expert sources, the book called Climate-Smart Production of Coffee: Improving Social and Environmental Sustainability was edited by Reinhold Muschler, Latin American
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Arabica coffee plants. Daily Coffee News photo by Nick Brown. The nonprofit Fairtrade International has released the Fairtrade Risk Map, an interactive tool designed to promote communication regarding human rights and environmental risks.  The map launched with week with a focus on five of the key commodities in agricultural sectors in which Fairtrade works, including
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Current approaches to coffee pricing and value distribution in the global coffee market are unsustainable and present a lack of long-term resiliency in the coffee industry, according to the latest coffee market report from the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD).  Through 34 text-heavy pages and citations of dozens reputable published sources, the report provides
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Inside the new Café Gonzalez in Manhattan’s Garment District. All images courtesy of Café Gonzalez. Honoring the rich Guatemalan coffee lands of Huehuetenango and its coffee-farming communities, Café González has opened its doors in the Garment District of New York City.  Inside the lobby of a WeWork building, the 4,384 square-foot shop offers fresh roasts
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Rural agriculture lender Root Capital and beverage giant Keurig Dr Pepper are embarking on a three-year initiative designed to boost the Indonesian coffee sector. Called the Indonesia Coffee Enterprise Resilience Initiative (short name: Resilient Coffee), the project is a collaboration with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). USAID has not publicly announced the project
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Most European consumers’ shopping baskets tend to include items linked to deforestation in tropical regions, involving agricultural commodities such as beef, soybeans, palm oil, cocoa, rubber, coffee, timber and paper. These so-called “forest-risk” commodities are used in thousands of consumer goods ranging from hamburgers to chocolate bars. Yet this may be about to change. In December,
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Antônio de Oliveira Filho and his father Antônio de Oliveira. Courtesy photo. Nearly a quarter century since its founding, the Brazil Cup of Excellence (CoE) green coffee competition in 2022 has resulted in nearly a quarter million dollars (USD) for producers of 24 high-scoring microlots of specialty coffee. More than 1,600 bids came in during
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Nearly a year after green coffee trading company Sucafina became an investor in AI-driven ingredient profiling company ProfilePrint, the two companies have become co-investors in coffee-focused technology company Csmart. Founded by coffee producer and software developer Francisco Massucci Silveira in Brazil, Csmart designs AI-powered image recognition technologies for coffee grading. The company says its current
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DNA fingerprinting technology has been employed to flesh out the origin story of coffee itself. In a groundbreaking study published last month, researchers shed new light on the early movements of the arabica coffee species that took place centuries ago, pinpointing genetic clusters and domestication routes in commercial coffee’s infancy. While Ethiopia is firmly established
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A 10-pound bag of green coffee in Catalyst Trade’s Small Bag program. All images courtesy of Catalyst Trade. Portland, Oregon-based green coffee trading company Catalyst Trade has entered 2023 with a new play in the home- and nano-roaster market with the launch of a small-bag line. Catalyst’s direct-to-roaster’s-door green coffee line includes 10-pound Ecotact bags
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At the farm of Edgar Heladio Ossa Castillo in Huila, Colombia. The farm participated in the development of the Sustainable Coffee Buyer’s Guide, which launched in 2022. Photo courtesy of the Sustainable Coffee Buyer’s Guide. Following a 2021 that might be characterized by the generic phrase “logistics issues,” the global coffee industry experienced something like
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Coffee equipment maker Fellow raised $30 million in a Series B funding round this year. Daily Coffee News photo by Howard Bryman. To kick off our 2022 Year in Review, we’re looking back at some of the biggest specialty coffee business news stories of the year. These include more than a dozen high-profile mergers or
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[Editor’s note: This is Part 3 of an ongoing editorial series led by Verité exploring labor issues affecting the global coffee sector through its U.S. Department of Labor-funded Cooperation On Fair, Free, Equitable Employment (COFFEE Project). See more of Verité’s work on coffee here. Daily Coffee News does not engage in sponsored content of any kind and all views
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Part of an unprecedented federal investment into climate-focused activities in the agriculture sector of the United States and its territories, a $15 million project focused on coffee production in Puerto Rico is expected to launch next year. The Puerto Rico coffee project, which is being implemented by the National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International (NCBA
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A preview version of the ASEAN Flavour Sphere. The full version is available with registration at this link. The ASEAN Coffee Federation (ACF) has launched the “ASEAN Flavour Sphere,” a visual tool for use during coffee cupping that is designed to reflect and promote Southeast Asian coffees. The Flavour Sphere is an obvious counterpoint to
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Coffee plants growing. New EU regulations may have sweeping implications for coffee producers, traders and roasters. European legislators are working towards a landmark deal designed to cut down deforestation caused by products sold in or exported by the EU, notably including coffee. If finalized as expected, the new regulations would have sweeping implications for the
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Daily Coffee News photo by Nick Brown Electric coffee roaster maker and green coffee seller Bellwether Coffee has announced the implementation of a “living income” price for coffees sourced from Guatemala. The sourcing program involves participation from the nonprofit Fairtrade International — whose new Living Income Reference Price (LIRP) for Guatemala will be used as
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Coffees growing in the Cajamarca region of Peru. All images courtesy of Catalyst Trade. Now in its fifth year of business, Oregon-by-way-of-Ethiopia-based coffee importing company Catalyst Trade is rolling out its first green coffee offerings from Peru. Founded in Portland by Emily and Michael McIntyre along with Ethiopia-based partner Zelalem “Zele” Girma Bayou, the company
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The international development nonprofit Technoserve is leading a five-year program funded by the United States Department of Agriculture designed to boost the coffee sector of Burundi. Called the Burundi Better Coffee Initiative, the program is designed to help some 60,000 coffee-farming families in the East African country increase their incomes while building climate resilience, according
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Coffee plants in an agroforest system. All images courtesy of Soil Symbiotics. Throughout Latin America, coffee-growing regions are quickly becoming hotter and drier while at the same time losing substantial tree cover. Globally, coffee farms cover an estimated 11 million hectares of ecologically sensitive land. Many of these farms are the last bastions of standing
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Vera Espíndola Rafael. Courtesy photo. I recently interviewed Vera Espíndola Rafael regarding lead involvement in the Sustainable Coffee Buyers Guide, a grassroots tool designed to appeal to the consciousness of sustainability-minded coffee roasters. Yet the guide is only one of the myriad ways in the past decade in which Espíndola Rafael, a development economist based
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Gento Coffee Founder Ashley Prentice roasting coffees in Guatemala City. All images courtesy of Gento Coffee. A new wave of coffee companies is challenging conventional logistical and value-creation paradigms by roasting coffees “at origin” for sales directly to consumers markets such as the United States and Europe. Historically, even in the case of vertically integrated
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