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.

Marvin Barquero wrote for "La Candelilla was able to repeat this prestigious award due to its efforts in recent years to achieve sustainability in production. This is achieved through proper care plans with well-defined fertilization and sustainable management in the case of plantations, Hernández [Ricardo Hernández, general manager of La Candelilla] said."

The coffee processor sells Starbucks 50% of the 2,500 quintals it produces annually.

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Honduran Coffee Participates in U.S. Fair

April 2010

The Annual Fair of the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA), the most important in its field, will take place between April 15 and 18.

This event will be hosted by the city of Anaheim, California, and expects the participation of 8.000 coffee professionals.

Honduran coffee will be tasted by international buyers at a large stand, competing directly with the world’s best, stated Mario Ordóñez, from the Honduran Coffee Institute (Ihcafé).

Coffee Growers See Starbucks Buying Slow

December 2009

Starbucks, one the leading buyers of premium coffee in Guatemala and Costa Rica, has been slow to sign contracts with growers this season.

Ricardo Villanueva, president of Guatemala's Coffee Association (Anacafé), speculated that the North American company, which usually purchases a quarter of the country's production, might be dropping Guatemala's high-priced beans in favor of cheaper origins.

Guatemala: Cup of Excellence Auction

June 2009

On July 8, 23 lots of coffee will participate in the online auction. It is expected that the maximum price of $80.20 per pound achieved in the previous issue will be surpassed.

In the 2009 edition of the Cup of Excellence in Guatemala, El Injerto Farm obtained first place for the second consecutive year, achieving a score of 91.98.

Starbucks coffee purchases to hold firm despite closures

July 2008

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).

Guatemala sells some 25 percent of its coffee to Starbucks, which is also supplied by Costa Rica.

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