The Singapore Coffee Association is planning to launch the first ever Singapore Microlot Specialty Coffee Auction, making dozens of individual coffee lots available to international buyers online on Thursday, Oct 1.
Conducted in partnership with Singapore’s largest hospitality trade show organizer, Food&HotelAsia (FHA), the auction is currently scheduled to include 56 coffee lots from 45 different producers of high-scoring coffees, according to Singapore Coffee Association evaluations.
The auction is available to buyers all over the world via Zoom, though buyers may bear the brunt of shipping costs, and most are expected to hail from Asia and the Middle East. The fine print about the auction and a bidder registration form is available here.
Though the deadline for shipment of free samples has passed, a catalogue highlighting each of the 56 lots is available here. Coming from producers in Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Indonesia, Kenya, Myanmar, Panama, Peru, Timor Leste, Venezuela and Zambia, coffees in the auction carry a wide range of scores, from the high 79s to 90.00, with many falling in the 85-88 range.
According to the Singapore Coffee Association, the auction will feature some globally prized coffee varieties from many of the world’s most renowned growing regions, including: Mundo Novo, Geisha and Yellow Catucaí from Brazil; Caturra Amarillo from Colombia; F1 Centroamericano and Hy-04 Natural from Costa Rica; Bourbon from Guatemala; Ateng Super from Indonesia; SL 34, SL 28 and Ruiru Grafted from Kenya; Catuai and Catimor H528 from Myanmar; and more.
“For many specialty coffee producers, selling their beans through traders have been the legacy practice,” the Singapore Coffee Association and FHA said in a joint announcement of the auction last week. “However, the pandemic, which caused travel and social restrictions to be enforced worldwide, has disrupted supply chains and turned coffee trading sluggish. Staging a virtual coffee auction helps to mitigate trade and supply challenges by allowing buyers to source directly from the origin, and also enable coffee producers to establish a presence in the Asian market.”
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