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Weekly Coffee News: Education in Kona + High-End Auction Happenings

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Marcus Young and Abby Munoz Launch Three-Day Coffee Course in Kona, Hawaii

Longtime coffee educator Marcus Young and Abby Munoz of Monarch Coffee Farm in Kona, Hawaii, have joined forces to launch “Crafting Profits: Excellence in Coffee Roasting and Business,” an immersive three-day course for coffee professionals. Taking place at Monarch’s learning center and farm grounds, and including activities such as farm dinners and farm-to-table lunches, the course delves into roasting craft and mastery, cost analysis and pricing, marketing and sales, operations, cupping and quality control. Pricing and info is available here.

Allegra Introduces European Barista Cup with €10,000 cash prize

The organizers of the European Coffee Symposium have announced the launch of a concurrent event, the European Barista Cup. The barista competition, which spans numerous drink categories, includes a cash prize of €10,000 (approximately US$10,700).

Hacienda La Esmeralda Auction Coming Aug. 22

High-end Panamanian coffee producer group Hacienda La Esmeralda announced that its annual online auction, hosted by M-Cultivo, will take place Aug. 22 at 8 a.m. GMT. The 2024 event is celebrating 20 years since the discovery of the now-famed Gesha coffee variety, which originated in Ethiopia, on the farm.

11 Costa Rica Cup of Excellence Winners Reach 90+

The annual Costa Rica Cup of Excellence green coffee competition resulted in 30 winners spanning three different categories (traditional washed, traditional honey and natural, and experimental), with 11 winning coffees scoring 90+, according to the international jury. The online auction takes place July 25.

Combined Cup of Excellence and One of a Kind Guatemala Winners

The Cup of Excellence organizers combined two competition programs into one this year (Guatemala Cup of Excellence and One of a Kind Guatemala), with winning coffees hailing from all over the coffee-producing country. The auction is scheduled for July 30.

San Francisco Coffee Leaders Discuss Pitfalls of ‘Selling Out’ 

The San Francisco Standard published a story involving interviews with several local specialty coffee luminaries on the risks of “selling out.” Reporter Jillian D’Onfro spoke with representatives of independent gems such as Linea, Andytown Coffee Roasters, Ritual Coffee and Grand Coffee.

Watchdog Group Challenges Big Swiss Coffee’s Sustainability Commitment

Following last week’s launch of the Swiss Sustainable Coffee Platform, Swiss watchdog agency Public Eye issued a press release highlighting its own research into the supply chains of Swiss coffee giant Nestlé in Mexico and Brazil, in which the group says the company has failed to make good on social and economic sustainability promises.

Cafe Imports Launches Documentary Series on Costa Rican Producers

Minneapolis-based green coffee company Cafe Imports this week unveiled the first episode in a new short documentary series focused on coffee producers in Costa Rica.

World Coffee Research Releases 2023 Annual Report

The nonprofit World Coffee Research released its 2023 annual report, highlighting efforts in the group’s four major program areas: breeding, trials, nursery and global leadership.

Portland Coffee Roasters Launches Dillon T. Pickle Blend

Portland, Oregon-based roasting company has launched the Dillon T. Pickle Blend, a limited-edition coffee offering in collaboration with the city’s college summer league baseball team, the Portland Pickles.

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Here are some of DCN’s top stories from the past week…


ICO and UNIDO Outline an Unprecedented Global Coffee Fund

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the International Coffee Organization (ICO) today unveiled a major building block in a potentially transformational global fund to support the coffee sector… read more

Report Highlights Glaring Discrepancies in Coffee Value Distribution

A new economic report shows that while coffee has enough value to ensure profitability for everyone in the supply chain, the current distribution of value heavily favors roasters and direct-to-consumer sellers, often at the expense of coffee farmers… read more

Snapchill Recalls All Cold Brew Cans Due to Toxic Growth Risk

Wisconsin-based canned cold brew manufacturer Snapchill is recalling all of its unexpired products due to a growth risk of a toxic bacterium… read more

DiFluid Unveils Omix, a Green and Roasted Coffee Analyzer

Chinese coffee equipment and technology company DiFluid recently launched a portable green and roasted coffee analysis system called The Omix, intended for use at coffee farms, roasteries or other points along the coffee chain… read more

Cafe Imports Launches Groundbreaking Interactive Cupping Form, The Coffee Rose

A new Coffee Rose came to bloom this summer, courtesy of Minneapolis-based green coffee company Cafe Importsread more

Westrock Coffee Opens Massive Beverage Factory in Arkansas

Arkansas-based Westrock Coffee unveiled a massive coffee roasting and ready-to-drink (RTD) beverage factory and development lab last week… read more

Inaugural ‘Development Stage’ Coffee Event Coming to The Crown in Oakland

A new coffee event called Development Stage is scheduled to debut in Oakland this September, with experts from numerous fields piquing gustatory and intellectual curiosities… read more