First Singapore virtual micro lot auction attracts 45 producers and 56 lots from 12 countries

Forty-five producers and 56 lots of specialty grade coffee from 12 countries will be joining the first Singapore (Micro-Lot) Specialty Coffee Auction organised virtually by the Singapore Coffee Association (SCA), in partnership with Food & Hotel Asia (FHA), on 1 October.

All producers are first timers from Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Indonesia, Kenya, Myanmar, Panama, Peru, Timor Leste, Venezuela, and Zambia.

“Since the launch of our Singapore (Micro Lot) Specialty Coffee (Virtual) Auction in late July, we have received tremendous amount of interest from all around the world. With an anticipated 40 auction lots, we have now 56 lots of high quality specialty coffee from 12 countries participating in this event. An estimated 200 bidders from around Asia and the Middle East are expected to turn up at this first ever virtual coffee auction. We will be looking forward to an exciting programme on 1 October,” said Mr Victor Mah, President, Singapore Coffee Association.

The SCA says, for many specialty coffee producers, selling their beans through traders has been the legacy practice. However, the pandemic, which caused travel and social restrictions to be enforced worldwide, has disrupted supply chains and turned coffee trading sluggish. Staging a virtual coffee auction helps to mitigate trade and supply challenges by allowing buyers to source directly from the origin, and also enable coffee producers to establish a presence in the Asian market.

The Singapore (Micro-Lot) Specialty Coffee Auction will present 56 lots of specialty grade coffee beans including premium Panamanian Geisha from Panamanian producers Café Don Benjie and Cafelino.

“I am very pleased to be participating in this first ever virtual coffee auction organised by the Singapore Coffee Association. I am sure that the auction will be an event of great success because of its extraordinary organisation. It is an honour to be able to present our best Panama Geisha Coffee to the Asia Pacific market,” says Stefan Muller, Managing Director of Cafe Don Benjie.

Other coffees in the auction include:

  • Mundo Novo, Geisha and Yellow Catucaí from Brazil;
  • Caturra Amarillo from Colombia;
  • F1 Centroamericano and Hy-04 Natural from Costa Rica;
  • Bourbon from Guatemala;
  • Ateng Super from Indonesia;
  • SL 34, SL 28 and Ruiru Grafted from Kenya;
  • Catuai and Catimor H528 from Myanmar, and more.

View the full auction catalogue HERE.

“It is interesting and really innovative for the Singapore Coffee Association to be organising a coffee auction virtually. The event is a timely one which I trust will effectively help farmers like us to market our green coffee to Asia,” says Xenia de Ameglio, Owner of Cafelino.

To complement the auction, an exclusive webinar organised by the Asean Coffee Federation (ACF), “Effects of Climate Change on Coffee Production in ASEAN” will be held before the auction on the same day.

Led by ACF, the webinar will feature a panel of industry gurus who will shed light on the impact of the ever-changing climate on coffee farming in Southeast Asia.

For more information, click HERE.

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