Sazón Espresso

Sazón Espresso

In 2011, Oswaldo and Jose Estrella channelled their Mexican heritage and more than 20 years of hospitality experience into their first café, Sazón Espresso, in Mount Barker. In 2015, the cousins added a second venue in the Adelaide CBD to their portfolio. “We felt there were a lot of places that really had similar concepts and that we could do something different,” Oswaldo says.
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Cup of Excellence

Cup of Excellence breaks several records in 2018

Several Cup of Excellence (COE) records were broken in the 12 CEO competitions held in 11 producing countries in 2018. The Costa Rican COE saw the winning lot from producer Luis Ricardo Calderon Madrigal receive the highest price ever paid for a COE coffee at US$300.09 (about $420) per pound. This was more than double the previous COE record for any country.
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True Roots to hold learning tours of Mexican producing region

Non-profit organisation True Roots International is holding its Coffee and Community Development Learning Tour of the Mexican coffee growing region La Mixteca Alta in November 2018 and January 2019. “This tour is about going beyond just talking about issues at origin, to highlight initiatives focused on adapting and diversifying in an increasingly unviable industry. Our tours support these partners, showcase their efforts, and create connections with those truly committed to improving coffee farmer livelihoods and development at origin,” True Roots International Director Summer Lewis says.
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ACE changes México COE auction date

The 2018 México Cup of Excellence (COE) auction has been postponed due to delayed shipping of some sample sets too close to the original auction date. To give all bidders a fair chance, the Alliance for Coffee Excellence has updated the auction to the following dates:
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First-time competitor wins Mexican Cup of Excellence

A first-time competitor won first place in the Alliance for Coffee Excellence (ACE) sixth edition of the Cup of Excellence (COE) in Mexico City on 18 May. Jose Renteria Larios ranked first with a 90.70-point coffee from Finca Peña Blanca in Jalisco, with a natural processed coffee with a blend of Sarchimor, Marsellesa and Caturra. 
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Mexico hosts 121st International Coffee Council meeting

The official inauguration ceremony of the 121st International Coffee Council, the governing body of the International Coffee Organization (ICO), was held in Mexico City on 9 April. Officially launched by the Sub-Secretary Jorge Armando Narváez Narváez, this is the first time the Council has met in Mexico, a country that is in the forefront in the process of modernising its coffee sector. The meeting is the first since the United States announced its intention to withdraw from the International Coffee Agreement, effective on 3 June, 2018.
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