Starbucks coffee purchases to hold firm despite closures

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).

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

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

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Starbucks Guatemala Prepares Launch

January 2011

The company will open its first shop at mall Pradera Concepción before March 2011.

With the supervision of the Salvadoran American Coffee Corporation, administrator of the franchise for Central America, the recruiting for employees began through Tecoloco.com.

"The arrival of Starbucks to the local market of Coffee Shops will represent a challenge for coffee chains like Barista, Cafe Saul and San Martin, focusing on a high socioeconomic segment operating in Pradera Concepcion, and indirectly to others like Coffee Cup & Café,” reported Elperiodico.com.gt.

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.

Costa Rican Coffee Wins Starbucks Award

May 2009

The Candelilla Estate coffee processor was awarded Starbucks’ world prize which features its best coffee suppliers.

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.

Coffee producers in Costa Rica could join Starbucks brand

December 2008

After a difficult year of sales, Starbucks is looking to widen its sphere of coffee associates within Central and South America.

Coffee producers in both Costa Rica and Brazil were the first to show interest in joining the Starbucks coffee chain, as well as several companies in Colombia.

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