History was made in Brazil recently when for the first time ever, a woman won the country’s first place ribbon in the Cup of Excellence competition. Cinthia Dias Villela from Nossa Senhora Aparecida of the Carmo de Minas region is the big winner. Cinthia’s coffee scored a crazy amazing 92.22 points—a … Read more →
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Great news from the Alliance for Coffee Excellence and the Brazil Specialty Coffee Association: this year’s Cup of Excellence (COE) Early Harvest live auction raised more than $516,000 for the country’s COE-winning farmers—that’s an above 30% increase from last year. The top lot, which scored a 92.09, hailed from Sitio São … Read more →
Hey, it’s Thursday, so of course it’s time for a TNT! Well, technically, this TNT, Belo Horizonte’s first, was held on Tuesday. But that starts with a T too so it’s all good! With Dismas Smith, from Ladro Coffee in Seattle in the house, it was like the godfather of … Read more →
One the big topics of discussion and interest here in Brazil is the specialty coffee retailing experience in other places, specifically the US. Ryan Knapp from Madcap Coffee Roasters in Grand Rapids, Mich. was invited to speak about his company’s retailing experience and methods during one of the Café DNA … Read more →
International Coffee Week kicked off here in Belo Horizonte, Brazil yesterday with the opening of the trade show floor, the ongoing cupping sessions, classes, and more topped with a cocktail reception last night celebrating the 50th anniversary of the International Coffee Organization. Today starts a number of competitions at … Read more →
Big, huge, enormous, mammoth, and even more gargantuan modifiers apply to the upcoming International Coffee Week which runs from September 9-12 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. The event will host not only a sprawling trade show floor which last year had some 6,500 visitors from 18 countries, but many other activities … Read more →