ACE moves COE award winning coffees as Nicaragua violence escalates

The Alliance for Coffee Excellence (ACE) has made the decision to immediately export the 2018 Nicaraguan Cup of Excellence (COE) award winning coffees to California following political instability in Nicaragua.

The emergency call was made after Nicaraguan authorities killed a number of protesting students in Managua, the week after the 2018 Nicaraguan COE took place in Matagalpa on 18 April.  Read more

NZSCA hosts nationwide blind cupping this weekend

The New Zealand Specialty Coffee Guild will host a nationwide blind cupping of 12 washed Ethiopian coffees from 12 different roasting companies from 10 to 14 June.

This cupping event will take place over five days in eight different venues around the country, including North Shore, New Plymouth, Tauranga, Wellington, Palmerston North, Hamilton, Hastings and Auckland. Read more

Baristas beat professionals in Beat the Barista competition

Baristas around the country have proved their skills are good enough to beat professional latte artists with Justin Nguyen of Chapter 5, Moo Yapradit of Metropole, and Max Hon Pak Wee of The Grounds City winning Pauls Professional’s Beat the Barista competition at the Foodservice show from 27 to 28 May. Read more

New research shows impact of bees on coffee productivity

Bees and other pollinators play an outsized role in the world’s food supply, but it was often considered that their effect on coffee production was negligible.

New research demonstrates that bee pollination can result in a 10 to 20 per cent ‘pollination effect’ in coffee. More than that, bee projects can contribute to improved livelihoods for coffee farmers and their families. Read more

Baristas wanted for industry survey 

Almond Breeze is looking for 40 baristas to participate in an industry survey to learn more about their profession, passions, and views on the changing state of the coffee industry.

“Baristas are changing the hospitality industry across Australia. They are the ones who are pushing industry standards through the roof, and exploring new trends that are being picked up worldwide. We want to understand why Australia is at the top of its game, and help our industry stay there,” says Michael McNulty, Almond Breeze Country Manager Australia & New Zealand. Read more

CSIRO experiments with broccoli lattes

Researchers have developed a broccoli powder that could be used to make a nutrient-rich, green coffee.

Hort Innovation and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia’s national science agency, developed the broccoli powder, made from imperfect-looking broccoli that would have previously been wasted.

The 100-per-cent broccoli powder is made from whole broccoli, and produced using a combination of selected pre-treatment and drying processes to retain the natural colour, flavour and nutrient composition of fresh broccoli. There’s approximately one serve of broccoli in every two tablespoons of the powder. Read more

Boston and Berlin to host 2019 World Coffee Championships

World Coffee Events (WCE) has announced the 2019 World Barista Championship (WBC) and World Brewers Cup will take place at the Specialty Coffee Expo in Boston, United States from 11 to 14 April, 2019.

World of Coffee Berlin will host the 2019 World Latte Art Championship, World Coffee In Good Spirits Championship, World Cup Tasters Championship, and Cezve/Ibrik Championship from 8 to 10 June.  Read more

Fabio Antonio Caballero Martinez wins 15th Honduras Cup of Excellence

Producer Fabio Antonio Caballero Martinez has the 2018 Honduras Cup of Excellence with an international score of 93.43. 

The fully washed Gesha variety from Fabio’s San Francisco farm in Marcala was the highest score for both the international jury as well as the national jury.  

Fabio explained that he had personally monitored the harvesting and was very hands-on in the processing phase. Read more

Starbucks leader Howard Schultz to step down after 40 years

Starbucks announced on 4 June that Howard Schultz is stepping down as Executive Chairman and Member of the Board of Directors and will be honoured with the title of Chairman Emeritus, effective 26 June, 2018.

During his four decades as CEO and Chairman, Howard grew Starbucks from 11 stores to more than 28,000 stores in 77 countries, while demonstrating that a business can simultaneously deliver best-in-class financial performance and share success with its people and the communities it serves. Read more

Colombia chosen as portrait country for World of Coffee Amsterdam

The Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) has announced Colombia as this year’s official Portrait Country at World of Coffee Amsterdam (WOC).

Taking place this year at Rai Amsterdam from 21 to 23 June, WOC is Europe’s largest coffee trade show featuring the latest innovations and attracting thousands of professionals every year. Read more