Previously on World Coffee Press, we have highlighted the practice of coffee smuggling in Tanzania and Uganda.
Then, it was a tale of tax evasion, greed, and subterfuge. This time around, however, it is a story of the depths that some within the industry have to plunge to in order to meet contractual obligations in the face of coffee rust disease.
For the first time, there is proof that coffee from Guatemala and Honduras is finding its way across borders and into Mexico – a reversal of the trend that used to see beans head the other way in search of higher premiums.
You can take your lazy beach breaks, your extended trips to theme parks and your cultured weekends traipsing around cities because this is the holiday of all holiday.
Honduras, one of the world’s biggest coffee producers and the largest exporters in Central America, has announced the unveiling of a brand new tourist attraction, the Coffee Route.
The Alliance for Coffee Excellence (ACE) has been running their Cup of Excellence program since it was first launched in Brazil in 1999. Since that maiden event, the Cup of Excellence (COE) has grown to include – at one point – eleven different coffee producing nations and countless farmers.
At the moment there are twelve different COE events covering ten countries.
For those in the trade who are on the hunt for the best coffee in the world, it’s a much-loved event and for those farmers and plantation workers it is a vital part of the calendar – a good score from the COE judges can increase the value of their handiwork increase exponentially.
Coffee farmers in the Central American nation of Honduras are set to reap the rewards of their sustained effort to battle coffee rust, many industry insiders are predicting.
Forecasts for the 2015-16 season that we have seen suggest that Honduras is set to bounce back from the debilitating disease in boisterous fashion. The country is believed to be readying itself for a bumper crop of some 6.11 million bags, a haul which would see them become the biggest supplier of beans in Central America and the third largest in Latin America.
The coffee industry in Honduras, the third-highest producer of coffee in the Americas behind Brazil and Colombia, received both good and bad news over the weekend.
Production in the Central American country is set to dramatically drop this term as estimates have been revised downwards as coffee rust has blighted the current crop, however it is expected to bounce back next year with early forecasts predicting the second highest yield on record will be picked.
The old adage ‘give a man a fish, feed him for a day – teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime’ is a well-used one, but is no less potent because of the truth behind it.
This is something that Eric Harrison probably believes in, when you learn about his attempts to help Honduran coffee farmers.
As reported in the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, Harrison has put his chemical engineering degree to very good use.