Fairtrade International is calling for the coffee industry to pay a fairer price to coffee farmers, estimating that today’s global market price of around US$1 (about $1.43) per pound is only half of what is needed for farmers to earn a living income.
According to Fairtrade’s Peter Kettler, speaking at the International Coffee Congress on Sustainability in Berlin, Germany on 5 June, coffee farmers are being forced to sell their crops below the cost of production, effectively subsidising the profits of a booming global coffee market. He says on top of climate change, market speculation, and other challenges, the low price of coffee is condemning farmers to poverty or forcing them to abandon coffee altogether. Read more
Don Dario of the Tarrazú region has won the 2019 Costa Rica Cup of Excellence (COE), with a score of 91.14 for its anaerobic processed Gesha. Tarrazú farms took out the top four spots in the Alliance for Coffee Excellence (ACE) competition, as well as seventh, ninth, and 10th.
Don Dario’s owner, Grupo Los Grandes de Copey, is a joint venture between producers Johel Monge Naranjo and Manuel Salas Araya, which also won the 2017 COE with its farm Don Antonio.
Last year’s winner, Luis Ricardo Calderon Madrigal of Don Cayito farm, placed second with an anaerobic processed Gesha that scored 91.02. Don Antonio placed third, with a score of 90.88 for its washed Gesha. Read more
Takumi Sakamoto of Deluca Coffee has won the Australian Specialty Coffee Association (ASCA) 2019 Australian Coffee Roasting Championship, held at Criteria Coffee in Port Melbourne, Victoria from 29 to 31 May.
Pat Connolly of Genovese Coffee placed second and Daniel Shadbolt of Veneziano Coffee Roasters placed third in the competition.
“I’ve been roasting for six or seven years and never entered any competitions. I kind of wanted to prove something, that I can do good. I just can’t believe I won,” Takumi tells BeanScene. Read more
On 24 May, Cirrus Fine Coffee celebrated a milestone achievement of its two-car-space pop-up farm, which has produced enough food in six months to feed two adults for a whole year.
Cirrus Fine Coffee partnered with sister company Biofilta to set up the pop-up farm at its Port Melbourne roastery in November 2018. The roaster says the pop-up farm reimagines how the coffee industry and cities can use waste and space. Read more