Campos Coffee geisha

Campos Coffee brings two 95+ Geisha coffees to Australia

Campos Coffee has announced the release of two Geisha coffees, Super Mario and Jaramillo, from the award-winning Hacienda La Esmeralda coffee farm in Panama. The natural processed Special Release Super Mario San Jose, which will be available from 1 October, was purchased in an online auction direct from Esmeralda for $524 per kilogram. It will be available for sale in individually sealed 18-gram pouches for $18 per serve.
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Coffee in crisis: Australia’s response to low coffee prices

Coffee prices are at their lowest in more than a decade. Australian industry leaders tell BeanScene how this affects their relationships with farmers, the local market, and the future of coffee. Where will the coffee industry be in 50 years? A hopeful barista might tell you that coffee will resemble wine, with their role like that of a sommelier, recommending premium coffees from a select reserve list. Another could warn you of the perils of climate change, putting 50 per cent of coffee producing land at risk. But what if we faced an industry in which producers focus solely on volume and cherries are picked by machine?
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The ones that sparkle: the key to the longevity of specialty coffee

Dubbed the Academy Awards of coffee, the Cup of Excellence celebrates the world’s best coffees. Campos Coffee Founder Will Young explains why the competition is key to the longevity of specialty coffee. Getting your hands on a Cup of Excellence (COE)-winning coffee takes patience and commitment. The real fun for Australian buyers starts in the early hours of the morning when international online auctions commence, but the game’s not over until a final bid is made, the countdown clock expires, and the hammer falls. “The longest auction I’ve ever experienced was early 14 hours for a COE coffee,” says Will Young, Campos Coffee Founder and Chairman of the Alliance for Coffee Excellence (ACE), the association that runs the COE competitions and auctions. 
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Campos Coffee to bring Mokhtar Alkhanshali to Australia

Campos Coffee will welcome Yemeni coffee producer Mokhtar Alkhanshali to Australia for the first Campos Experience Evening Series of 2019. Mokhtar will share the challenges of Yemeni coffee production, how he is helping improve the country’s coffee quality, and how he brought it to the rest of the world to enjoy. His efforts were the subject of Dave Egger’s novel The Monk of Mokha.
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Dressed to impress: making café design memorable

Australia is known for its coffee quality, but our café design is equally idolised around the world. We explore what it takes to be memorable, and whether money really talks. Some of Australia’s most impressive café experiences are not because they serve the latest Cup of Excellence-winning coffee, or Instagram-worthy smashed avos and smoothie bowls, but because of their impressive design. In Melbourne, there’s Brother Baba Budan with its iconic chairs stuck to the ceiling, Au79 with no expense spared on the gold trimmings, St Ali with its casual industrial look, Higher Ground’s massive hotel-like attraction in an ex-power station, and in Sydney the Grounds of Alexandria revolutionised what a café space could be, complete with flower market, roastery, and wedding reception. Jacqui Senior, Senior Associate and Hospitality Sector Leader at Woods Bagot in Sydney, knows what it takes to stand out from the crowd. She was involved in Campos Coffee’s award-winning Barangaroo site in Sydney and says in this instance, it was the location that inspired the café’s now-iconic jewelry box shape.
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Aussies buy up big at record breaking Best of Panama auction

Australian buyers have secured nine of the 39 coffee lots on offer at the Best of Panama (BoP) auction on 19 July. “The two best Geisha Washed coffees are coming to Australia,” Coffee Treasures CEO Gavin Gam says. Gavin won a share of the top-ranked Elida Estate Geisha Green Tip Washed from producer Wilford Lamastus for his new green bean sourcing company, and on behalf of roaster D’Angelo Coffee. Kew Specialty Coffee also won a stake in this top palced BoP coffee, which scored 94.66 points in the international judging and was sold for US$661.00 per pound (about $886.33 per pound). Coffee Treasures secured four other top BoP coffees, including the record breaking Elida Estate’s Geisha Green Tip Natural, which received the highest bid of a green coffee sold at auction at US$803 per pound (about $1088 per pound).
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Campos Coffee Founder Will Young to Head Judge Best of Panama

Campos Coffee Founder Will Young will Head Judge this year’s Best of Panama competition. Ric Rhineheart, Head of the Specialty Coffee Association, has been the Head Judge of Best of Panama for all but a couple of the events since its inception in 1996, but unfortunately could not attend this year.
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Why pay more for specialty coffee?

In specialty coffee shops around the country, menu boards mark top coffee prices anywhere between $6 to $16 per cup. To the uneducated coffee consumer, it’s ludicrous. To specialty coffee professionals, it’s not enough. Campos Coffee Founder Will Young has always paid more than the average price for his specialty coffee purchases, and has reflected that quality in cup prices. But Will doesn’t want to be among the minority paying more and charging more for specialty coffee, he wants others to join in.
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