Alliance to Improve Coffee Quality

Costa Rica and Guatemala, together with Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, and Kenya will participate in the “Ecocolaboration” program of the Rainforest Alliance.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The Rainforest Alliance created an alliance with Nestlé Nespresso that aims to have 80% of their coffee coming from Rain Forest Alliance Certified farms by the year 2013.

Ana Camacho Sandoval writes for the website of El Financiero: “Nestlé-Nespresso has a club of coffee lovers with over 6 million members who have made it a personal crusade to find the perfect espresso.”

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“Cup of Excellence” will Select Best Coffee in Costa Rica

April 2011

For a week starting from May 9 a group of national and international tasters will be choosing Costa Rica's best coffee.

Judges from Brazil, the United States, Japan, Germany, Holland, England, Russia, Norway and New Zealand will participate in the decisive stage of Cup of Excellence competition. The winning selections of grain varieties will be auctioned on the internet on June 21.

Fortified Coffee to be Marketed in Guatemala

July 2009

Coffee growers from the country's west ready the October launch of their fortified coffee brand "Oro Maya".

A new processing plant has benefited 3.500 small producers from the Fecceg, the Guatemalan Federation of Special Coffee Cooperatives.

"Fortified grains would be marketed in one pound and 20 grams packages, the latter the most popular...", published ElPeriodico.com.gt, "...Fecceg output nears 40.000 quintals each year".

Good Grades for Central American Coffees

April 2009

Coffees from farms in Panama, Guatemala and Costa Rica took the top places in the international competition organized by the Rainforest Alliance.

In the event held in California and New York, 80 farms certified by the institution from 11 nations participated.

La Prensa published on its website: "The highest score was for Hacienda La Esmeralda from Panama with 88.99 points, followed by Santa Elisa Pachup (85.74) and La Pampa (84.96) from Guatemala, according to a panel of 20 tasters. Fourth place went to Finca Santa Anita in Costa Rica with 84.92."

English buyers attracted by certified Salvadoran coffee

February 2009

El Salvador boasts 270 plantations certified with the Rainforest Alliance seal, a feature sought by English buyers.

Mike Riley, from the English company Taylors of Harrogate, explained to ElSalvador.com his relation with Salvadoran suppliers: "Why do you prefer buying coffee that has the Rainforest Alliance certification?

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