Esmeralda Especial

Best of Panama Esmeralda Especial Washed

Best of Panama is the world’s premier coffee competition in which the most celebrated producers of Panama submit their best coffees of the year. A panel of international judges spend a week in Boquete assessing Geisha and traditional varieties in Washed and Natural categories.
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Esmeralda Jaramillo

Cup of Gold: Making the best of the best available to anyone

Campos Coffee is releasing its most expensive coffee to date, Esmeralda Jaramillo from the 2019 Best of Panama, in single serves to make this Geisha experience available to anyone. Coffee is often compared to wine. Both beverages originate from plants, can possess complex flavour profiles, and offer varying degrees of quality based on how they are produced and processed.
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David Train Southern Region

David Train wins ASCA 2020 Southern Region Brewers Cup

David Train has won the Australian Specialty Coffee Association (ASCA) 2020 Southern Region Brewers Cup. Hyunsuk Ko of Bennetts placed second and Devin Loong of Ona Coffee placed third in the competition, held at St Ali in Port Melbourne from 26 to 27 October.
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Aida Batlle Rachel Peterson

Award-winning producers Aida Batlle and Rachel Peterson to tour Australia

Renowned coffee producers Aida Batlle of El Salvador and Rachel Peterson of Panama are teaming up for a first of-its-kind collaborative tour to promote some of the most sought-after coffees in the world. Rachel and Aida will visit Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne for four events. Each will include a panel discussion, a question-and-answer session, coffee tastings and a meet and greet, where guests will be treated to cocktails featuring cascara from Aida and Rachel’s farms.
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Han Tran

2016 Vietnam Barista Champion Han Tran makes tracks

There are two traditional types of barista in Vietnam according to Han Tran: those that work in street vendors selling roadside coffee that’s “dark, dense, and bitter Robusta” or in male-dominated cafés that are attracted more to the female baristas than the overpriced beverage in front of them.  When Han told her parents she wanted to pursue a career in coffee, naturally, she says, you can imagine their disapproving reaction.  “They were against it,” she says. “Barista work had a bad reputation because of the stereotypes. A barista was not considered a profession in Vietnam. It was not respected. My parents were worried for my safety and that I would not earn a secure income.”
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Australian Brewers Cup Champion Heath Dalziel prepares for World Championship

Australian Specialty Coffee Association (ASCA) Australian Brewers Cup Champion Heath Dalziel is preparing for the 2018 World Brewers Cup, to be held in Brazil from 7 to 9 November. Heath, of Third Time Lucky, won the National Brewers Cup title in March at the Melbourne International Coffee Expo. He is currently in Canberra, training with 2017 World Brewers Cup runner-up Sam Corra. He has also worked with 2014 Australian Brewers Cup Champion Devin Loong, and 2015 World Barista Champion and Ona Coffee Founder Sasa Sestic.
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