Sunday 29 May 2022

Cup of Excellence and ACE teaming up with German manufacturer Comandante

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PORTLAND, OR, USA – The nonprofits Cup of Excellence (CoE) and Alliance for Coffee Excellence (ACE) have formed a partnership with Germany-based Comandante that will extend to CoE competition equipment, farmer rewards, product collaborations, ACE membership benefits, and Sensory Education Training (SET). All three organizations are strongly focused on quality, helping to foster a natural partnership.

“ACE, CoE, and Comandante are all essentially working towards the same goal: boosting the global access to and appreciation of coffee quality. Our connection actually goes way back and CoE was one of the reasons why we founded Comandante. In our early days as specialty coffee roasters – judging, roasting, and selling COE coffees – the best grinders were too big, heavy, and expensive for the typical home user.

We wanted to make these coffees and their full potential more accessible, so we decided to design and build our own burrs and grinders. Along with ACE and CoE, we are set on pushing the reach of great coffee further and providing the means and tools to empower more people to produce, roast, and brew it!” said Co-Founder and Senior Vice President of Comandante Grinder Technologies, Raphael Braune.

“A driving force for our organizations is to advance excellence in coffee and in doing so, team up with organizations like Comandante who are similarly aligned in purpose. With their established background in both coffee and engineering, bringing world-class products to the market, they have been a game-changer in our coffee industry. We’re excited to work with the brilliant Comandante team for many years to come,” said Managing Director, Marketing and Membership for ACE & CoE, Anna Abatzoglou.

Comandante creates solid tools to help coffee lovers bring out the best in their coffee. Known for their hand grinders and burr-technology, Comandante will soon release additional products, including an innovative new bean tray design. An official ACE bean tray and Cup of Excellence edition grinder are also in the works.

ACE members and CoE partner country organizations will enjoy discounts on the bean trays as part of this partnership. Comandante will provide the top three winners of each CoE competition with a CoE edition trophy grinder. The organizations will work on a special Nitro Blade® burr for ACE labs and CoE country grinders as well.

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