Honduras COE auction makes history with record-breaking bid

The 2016 Cup of Excellence (COE) Honduras auction has broken the record for the highest price ever recorded.

On June 16, winning COE farmer Marysabel Garcia Caballero from El Puente farm in Chinacla, La Paz, received the record-setting bid of US$120.50 (approximately AUD$160) per pound for her Geisha coffee.  Read more

Applications for NYC Coffee Masters close 30 June

Time is running out to apply for The 2016 New York City Coffee Masters.

Applications to compete in the fast-paced, multi-disciplinary global barista tournament will close 30 June.

The competition will return to The New York Coffee Festival from 16 to 18 September at the 69th Regiment Armory, 68 Lexington Avenue in Manhattan, United States. Read more

Proud Mary to open in United States

Proud Mary Owner Nolan Hirte has announced he is opening Proud Mary’s in Portland, Oregon in the United States – and he’s moving the family there too.

The Proud Mary Founder says one of the reasons for opening Proud Mary in Portland is because of Melbourne’s saturated café market. Read more

Budapest to host five coffee competitions in 2017

The Speciality Coffee Association of Europe (SCAE) has announced it will host five coffee championship events at World of Coffee Budapest in 2017, in partnership with World Coffee Events (WCE).

Hungary’s capital will open its arms from 13 – 15 June 2017 to host the World Brewers Cup, World Latte Art, World Coffee in Good Spirits, World Cup Tasters and World Cezve/Ibrik Championships at the SCAE’s annual speciality coffee event. Read more

Judges revealed for Coffee Masters NYC

Allegra Events have announced the judges participating in Coffee Masters New York City 2016.

The line-up of international judges includes John Letoto of Greenway Coffee and Blacksmith in the United States, Anne Lunell of Koppi Roasters in Sweden, Dan Streetman of Irving Farm Coffee Roasters in NYC, David Donde of Truth Coffee Roasting in South Africa, and Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood of Colonna and Small’s in the United Kingdom. Read more

Coffee Masters New York City returns

If you think you have what it takes to become a Coffee Master, then now is your time to shine.

Applications are now open for the 2016 New York City Coffee Masters.

The competition will return to The New York Coffee Festival from 16 – 18 September at the 69th Regiment Armory, 68 Lexington Avenue in Manhattan, United States. Read more

South Korea wins World Latte Art, Greece wins World Coffee in Good Spirits

Australia’s reign as World Latte Art Champion is over.

Um Paul of South Korea won the World Latte Art Championship (WLAC) on 1 April, ending Caleb Cha’s reign as the world’s best latte artist.

Qi Li from China placed second, Minako Yoshizumi from Japan placed third, Dhang Tamang of the United Kingdom placed fourth, Agnieszka Rojewska of Poland placed fifth, and Sensory Lab’s Ben Morrow placed sixth in the WLAC finals. Read more

Colombia’s new coffee scene

As people were sitting down to lunch on Monday 25 January, 1999, a 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck 20 kilometres from Armenia, one of Colombia’s largest cities.

The quake and aftershocks that followed flattened more than half the city and several nearby towns. The effects were felt in several municipalities, with the most severely hit being the Quindio department – the heart of Colombia’s coffee region. Read more