New Goals Announced for The Sustainable Coffee Challenge

The Sustainable Coffee Challenge, which includes many of the world’s biggest brands, trading and roasting companies, announced a wide sweeping and ambitious set of climate and labor related goals aimed at making the coffee the world’s first sustainable agricultural project.

Some specifics include the removal of 1.5 gigatons of carbon dioxide emissions by 2050. This would be done by making existing coffee farmland more sustainable. Some targets for 2025 include some green initiatives and labor goals such as protecting workers’ rights and to generally make coffee farming more prosperous.

The new goals from the Sustainable Coffee Challenge come from its celebration of the organizations first five years. They are managed by Conservation International, a sustainability nonprofit, and are funded by Starbucks. The Sustainable Coffee Challenge includes now 158 partners the encompass all parts of the coffee industry from trading companies, to roasters, government organizations, producer groups, membership associations, retail and others.

This announcement makes real a selection of different goals that are now more tangible than five years ago.

 

Frida Kahlo x Amor Perfecto Coffee Special Edition Coffee

A new pairing between the Frida Kahlo Corporation and Bogota, Colombia roaster Amor Perfecto come together to raise awareness about women coffee farmers by combining one of the world’s most recognizable female faces with one of the most popular beverages on earth.

The Frida Kahlo X Amor Perfecto Limited Edition coffee run (that shipped in November) shows off the work of award winning and women-owned and operated farms from which Amor Perfecto gets its coffee. The packaging features some of Kahlo’s self portraits as well as other iconic imagery from her paintings.

The Frida Kahlo Corporation approached Amor Perfecto as they were in search of a coffee that was worthy of Kahlo’s status as a feminist and artistic icon.

Amor Perfecto has sourced approximately half its coffee from women farmers in Colombia. The company called them pillars of their communities and that they produce some of the best coffee in the world. Amor Perfecto saw this as the perfect opportunity to raise awareness and give power to these women farmers’ voices.

The project was inspired by the fact that while Kahlo is best known as an artist and activist she was also a known coffee lover.

 

Coffee Leaf Rust Discovered in Hawaii

A disease known has coffee leaf rust or CLR has been discovered on the Big Island, Hawaii and the state’s largest coffee production island. The disease is known to bring coffee production to a halt.

This has been confirmed by the US Department of Agriculture National Identification Services. It is a fungal disease, known officially as Hemileia Vastarix. Samples were collected by a coffee grower near Holualoa, South of Kailua-Kona.

This discovery comes just two weeks after coffee leaf rust was discovered for the very first time in Hawaii. The first discovery was made on a coffee farm on Muai. State agricultural officials have not yet discovered CLR on any of the other Hawaiian islands.

While panic is undue the discovery of leaf rust on multiple Hawaiian Islands, especially in the Kona growing region which produces the states largest amount of coffee does present a clear threat to Hawaiian coffee production as the disease is known to spread quickly and to wreak havoc on coffee crops.

 

3 Top Rated Single Cup Makers

The internet has spoken. After looking over a few sets of reviews of single cup coffee machines three stand out as royalty among the rest, in three categories: Best in Show, Best Budget Single Cup, Best Luxury Single Cup.

Best in Show: Nespresso VertuoPlus

The internet seems to agree that the Nespresso VerturoPlus (about $169.99) consistently made a great cup of coffee at a perfect temperature and also does espresso. It is an easy to use, pod-based machine that has a lot of brewing options. The pods help guarantee you’ll get a great cup of coffee but check the cost on the pods before purchasing as they are pricey. There is a pod recycling program if you are trying to be green, but it isn’t effortless. Finally, people seemed to think it looked great in most kitchens with a sleek, modern all black design.

This could make an excellent gift for the coffee snob on your giftlist looking for a single cup, pod-based machine.

Best Budget Single Cup: Sboly Single Serve Coffee Maker

If you are looking for something that is lower on cost but high in quality look no further than the Sboly Single Serve Coffee Maker (about $58.95).

The internet seemed to agree on two things. It is small, but it does a lot!

It gives one many cup size options as well as the ability to brew ground coffee or K Cups. Some reviewers noted that the recommended amount of ground coffee made a weak cup; however most noted this experience is common with most single cup makers. Add more to your taste. Its water receptacle is only big enough for one brew but has very easy to read lines to get the amount of coffee you want.

Sure, it doesn’t do a lot and the coffee doesn’t get pipping hot, but for the cost it seems to be a favorite.

Best Luxury Single Cup: Moccamaster Technivorm Cup One Coffee Brewer

The Moccamaster Technivorm looks like it belongs in a fancy café and will make you feel like a barista (about $201.22). This machine is going to give you one hell of a cup of coffee and that is partly because of the copper heating element that heats the water and fast. Additionally, it uses a drip system that ensures great flavor.

This machine, as you might have guessed, is grounds only. So, on the convivence end of things this won’t be the choice for many. It also uses paper filters. It also takes up much more counter space than the others. However it is made to last and besides being a tad slower than the other machines in total cup prep time any amateur who follows the directions can make a top notch cup of coffee.

 

 

New “coffea arabica” Genetic Group Discovered

A new coffea arabica genetic strain has been discovered and will finally be on the market soon. Yemenia or the “Yemeni mother” represents many years of work by Oima Coffee. Oima is a Yemeni coffee exporter. They worked together with coffee geneticist Christophe Montagnon.

Yemenia may be an answer to the very real lack of diversity among the genetics of arabica coffee. It also has the added benefit of tasting good. Oima called the cup quality “exceptional.”

Alliance for Coffee Excellence will hold a private collection auction that focuses on Yemeni coffee. This will be the first place Yemenia will be available on the market.

Montagnon and Oima were on the chase for several years and genetically fingerprinted 137 different coffee samples. They traveled some 25k kilometers to do it.

Many believe this to be a very significant finding and are comparing it the centuries old discovery of Typica/Bourbon and SL arabica strains. These are the groups that gave way to the world’s other arabica coffees.