Costa Rican Coffee Wins Starbucks Award
The Candelilla Estate coffee processor was awarded Starbucks’ world prize which features its best coffee suppliers.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
This is the second year that the Candelilla Estate has won Starbucks' Black Apron Exclusives award; 2005 was the first time it won. In addition to the fine reputation that it obtains in the coffee world through this recognition, Starbucks gave the coffee processor a $15,000 prize.
The decision by Starbucks to close 600 of its stores will not affect its purchases of Guatemalan coffee, said William Hempstead, director of the National Coffee Association (Anacafé).
Starbucks, one the leading buyers of premium coffee in Guatemala and Costa Rica, has been slow to sign contracts with growers this season.
After a difficult year of sales, Starbucks is looking to widen its sphere of coffee associates within Central and South America.
The transnational has purchased a farm measuring 240 acres in order to turn it into a "global agronomic center " for research and development.
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