Big Improvement in Myanmar’s Cupping Competition

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The second-ever cupping event hosted by the Myanmar Coffee Association was a rip-roaring success with scores throughout the competition considerably higher than last year’s maiden iteration.

Following the criteria laid out by the Speciality Coffee Association of America (SCAA), 56 of the 60 (93%) lots entered would have met the minimum grade required to be classed as a high-quality speciality coffee.

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The Nappucino

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When it comes to PR stunts in the coffee industry, not much grabs our attention these days.

We are a hardy bunch here at World Coffee Press and despite our relatively youthful complexions; we have seen our fair share of good, bad and indifferent attempts to garner a couple of column inches.

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Caffe Nero Customer Forced To Undergo Surgery

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A woman from the United Kingdom was forced to have surgery to remove a wire bristle from her throat after eating a panini from the coffee shop chain Caffe Nero.

Katherine Willans, 34, inadvertently ingested the piece of wire after visiting a Caffe Nero shop in south London. The bristle had come from a brush that had been used to clean the contact grill used in the Putney store.

Willans had to go under general aesthetic to extract the wire, and she spent three days in a hospital.

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Coffee Rust Decimating Mexico’s Coffee Harvest

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A combination of disease and aging plants has left the Mexican coffee industry with one of its smallest harvests in recent years.

Last week, the National Union of Coffee Producers predicted that crop levels for the current 2015-16 season could be as low as 1.5 million bags of coffee – a fifty percent decline compared to last year’s 3 million total.

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Kenyan Farmers Protest Against Regional Coffee Bill

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Change isn’t always a good thing.

With a government-assembled task force looking at how the troubled Kenya coffee industry can be improved, it seems that a number of regional councils are trying to jump the gun and install changes of their own.

In what is yet another tale of conflict and intrigue, a larger number of farmers protested against a council-backed bill that would bring sweeping reforms to coffee farming with the Nyeri region of the country.

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Ona Again! Hugh Kelly is the Australian Barista Champion

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When it comes to the Australian Barista Championships, Ona Coffee has just gone two for two.

After the success of the company’s director Sasa Sestic last year, Ona’s head barista trainer High Kelly topped the charts this time around.

Kelly – who helped Sestic on his march to world glory just over twelve months ago – claimed his place in the nation competition by winning the Central Regional Barista Championships last September.

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Rabobank Considers Raising Prices After Low Projection

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Rabobank, the Dutch multinational financial services company, has revealed that its executives have been toying with the idea of raising coffee price forecasts.

Speaking after conducting one of the biggest crop surveys ever completed, the bank stated that it believes the Brazilian coffee harvest for the 2016-17 season will fall short of current market averages.

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