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Santo Kaffeto is teaching foreigners and locals about Colombian coffee

MANIZALES, Colombia – Colombian coffee is known the world over as one of the highest-quality and widely available varieties. According to the International Coffee Organization, only two countries — Brazil and Vietnam — produce more, and Colombia has the prestigious distinction of only cultivating top-tier Arabica beans ...

Myanmar coffees approach 90 points at Annual Coffee Quality Competition

YWANGAN, Myanmar – This year’s top scoring coffee at the Third Annual Myanmar Coffee Association (MCA) Coffee Quality Competition won with a record-breaking 89.58 points. The Ywangan micro-lot entered by MCA member Mandalay Coffee Group bested last year’s winner of the event by more than two points on the Specialty Coffee Association ...

Papua New Guinea yet to determine spread of coffee borer beetle

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea – Authorities in Papua New Guinea are scrambling to determine how far coffee borer beetle has spread across the country. Native to Africa, the beetle is considered one of the most harmful coffee crop pests in the world. The Ministry of Agriculture said 80 percent of PNG's coffee production could be lost if ...

Nestle vows to promote Vietnamese coffee in international markets

DONG NAI, Vietnam – The Nestle Group is carrying several major projects with the aim of popularising Vietnamese coffee among coffee consumers all over the world and making Vietnam an international reference for robusta coffee, said a Nestle executive. Executive Vice President for Nestle Nandu Nandkishore, responsible for Asia, Oceania and Africa ...

Unseasonal heavy rains take the flavor out of Vietnamese coffee crop

HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam – Heavy rain that hit swamped Vietnam's 2016/2017 coffee harvest has raised the ratio of low-quality beans and defects, traders said on Wednesday, with one major exporter saying quality is at its worst in nine years. Unseasonal rain that fell from October-December last year in Vietnam's Central Highlands coffee belt ...

Vietnam may face coffee drain in May-June, says top exporter Intimex

HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam – The world's largest exporter of robusta coffee Vietnam could fall short of the bitter beans in the next two to three months due to rising shipments and dwindling domestic stocks, top exporter Intimex said on Tuesday. A smaller harvest is expected this year in export rival Indonesia and ...

What defines a Coffee’s Terroir? Country of origin is just the beginning

WASHINGTON, U.S. – I started drinking coffee in grad school but I didn’t enjoy it until I discovered Ethiopian coffee. Its characteristics were distinct from the scorched, flavored blends I was used to, and it came from a place rather than a company, which made it seem more real.

Papua New Guinea’s coffee industry under threat by coffee berry borer

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea – THE Papua New Guinea Government is expected to announce measures this week to fight the coffee berry borer which threatens the K700 million (US$220 million) industry in the Highlands. Agriculture and Livestock Minister Tommy Tomscoll is expected to make the announcement and invoke ...

Strategic agreement to revive Vietnam’s coffee industry in coming years

BUON MA THUOT, Vietnam – A strategic agreement to develop the Buon Ma Thuot coffee brand is expected to revive the country’s coffee industry, which needs to replace thousands of old, unproductive trees on farms in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak.

Uganda needs a caffeine fix: insights from Vietnam’s coffee sector

KAMPALA, Uganda – Until recently Vietnam and Uganda shared a similar trajectory in the development of their coffee sectors. Today, Vietnam has emerged as the second largest coffee producer in the world. In Uganda, poor agricultural inputs and a failing institutional environment have resulted in low yields and slower development of the sector.