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Jamaica to benefit from local Starbucks, says Minister of Tourism

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett, says the establishment of operations in Jamaica by American coffee company, Starbucks, will serve to strengthen the country’s appeal to international visitors. Bartlett said that, “alliances with international brands, such as this, do well to drive the marketing of Jamaica”. He indicated that Starbucks would be utilising Jamaican Blue Mountain and High Mountain coffee in their products manufactured locally. This, the Minister added, would ultimately redound to the benefit of Jamaica and the American firm. Bartlett indicated that Starbucks’ move to commence local operations was consistent with the Government’s growth agenda targeting increased investments. Last week, Starbucks announced that it had entered into a geographic licensing agreement with Caribbean Coffee Traders Limited, a consortium led by Margaritaville Caribbean Group. The agreement grants Caribbean Coffee Traders Limited the exclusive rights to own and operate Starbucks stores in the country. Magaritaville Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Ian Dear, said that the negotiations, which were on-going for several months, culminated with an official agreement being reached on May 1. Jamaica will be Starbucks 17th market in Latin America and the Caribbean region, with the first store slated to open in Montego Bay. Starbucks’ Caribbean franchises comprise 43 stores operating in Aruba, the Bahamas, Curacao, Puerto Rico and Trinidad and Tobago.

Vietnam’s Central Highlands region whitened by blooming coffee flowers

CENTRAL HIGHLANDS, Vietnam – Both the flower shoot and the fruit set of the coffee flower, the fragrance, shape and colour of which are reminiscent of jasmine. At the end of spring, the Central Highlands is covered by the white colour of coffee flowers. Amidst the blazing sunshine of the Central Highlands, the coffee field ...

A Journey to Colombia’s Coffee Belt, the northern reaches of the Andes

MILAN – The New York Times has recently featured, in its Travel section, an interesting story, written by Gustave Axelson, about a journey to Colombia’s Coffee Belt. The article describes the everyday life of Colombian campesinos in the northern reaches of the Andes Mountains.

Honduras’ Coffee Region enters the nature, adventure tourism fray

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — Honduras, Central America’s leading coffee producer, is transforming the scenic farms where that c...

Kopi is one of Asia’s best brewed coffees (even though it’s made in a sock)

It’s dark and glossy, with a rich, fragrant flavour. It’s roasted locally by small, artisanal workshops. It comes with a d...

AIDA Cruises brings Starbucks coffee on board

AIDA Cruises, the Number One in the German cruise market, has brought premium coffee brand Starbucks on board - thus once again expanding its catering range. With its broad product palette the long-standing ...

How Tanzania’s coffee farmers are changing people’s lives

Parked on a bench on Bleecker Street in Manhattan on a dingy Saturday afternoon, I tallied 11 coffees in various forms bei...

Dry weather no scare for Kona coffee farmers

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii, U.S. — Kona coffee farmers say a strong crop yield is likely despite an unusually dry winter brought ...

New Zeland: the story of a shipping container that became a cafe

Once upon a time there was a shipping container that dreamed pastel colors and wanted to be a bar. In a far, far away country, where people live upside down, there is an enchanted valley with woods ...

COTECA 2016: filter coffee is the trend of the year

HAMBURG – Drip-brewed, pressurised, or simply steeped in boiling water – filter coffee is in again, and has finally shaken...