Aug19

Tasting coffee in Africa: Judging ‘Cup of Excellence’ in Burundi

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The logo for the first ever Cup of Excellence Burundi contains the ‘Kayenda’ -the Sacred Drum as part of the logo It was an honour and indeed a real privilege to be invited to be part of the International Jury in the first ever Cup of Excellence in Burundi, in Central Africa: The Cup of […]

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Feb14

Meet Mrs Olga Marina González Cuadra and her family at Finca ‘La Picona’, Nueva Segovia, Nicaragua!

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Coffee blossom at ‘La Picona’ At Kaffee-Alchemie, our aim is to promote coffee as the result of hard work of ordinary farmers. Although their role in the entire coffee chain is indispensable, they are rarely “visible” to consumers and receive little recognition. At our local ‘Farmers Market’,  we are accustomed to hands-on information about the […]

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Oct05

New Coffee arrived: Direct from ‘Nombre de Dios’ Farm in El Salvador to Salzburg!

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It is with great pride that we present our new coffee from El Salvador:  Directly from Farmer Mrs Maria Elena Botto. I first met Maria three years ago, as she was presenting her farm in Oslo, and I met her again last year during the 2010 Cup of Excellence in El Salvador: I was there […]

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Jul15

“To discover and foster appreciation of exemplary quality coffees and reward those who produce them.”

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Excellent video made by Instituto Hondureño del Café (IHCAFE), explaining how Cup of Excellence has influenced the life of coffee growers in Honduras over the last 8 years. We are proud to support the CoE Program, and to present to our guests these unique coffees! Watch this! httpv://youtu.be/efM-ftKyL0U

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Jun07

A taste of excellent Nicaragua

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Cup of Excellence Nicaragua 2011 auction is over: our bid for 1,079.99 kgs of washed and sun dried Maracatu coffee from the farm ‘La Picona’ came in well! Some of that coffee will find its way to Salzburg, but we’ll share the lot with Iceland, Lithuania, France and Sweden! The photo shows the farmers as […]

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Jun07

Look to El Salvador! Congratulations to Alejandro Mendez, World Barista Champion 2011!

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It was such a joy to watch the finals in the World Barista Championship live from Bogota, Colombia yesterday, and especially to see Alejandro Mendez from El Salvador during his 15 minute presentation and preparation of his coffees. It is in the air: coffee enthusiasts world wide are praising Alejandro for his focus on the […]

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Apr20

Kaffee-Alchemie in Nicaragua, Visit on Winning Farm(s):

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Visit to La Guadalupana and farmers Napoleon Tercero Gomez and Miguel Angel Martinez Morazan. There are 27 Winners in this years’ Cup of Excellence Nicaragua, but it was a privilige to get the chance to visit the farm who was awarded the 1st Price: ‘La Guadalupana’, situated in the Dipilto muncipality in the region Nueva […]

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Apr16

Kaffee-Alchemie in Nicaragua, Day 6:

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Day 6: In a Cup of Excellence Week, Friday is the day of most excitement: the Jury is cupping the ten coffees with the highest scores once more to define their positions, and in the evening the Award Ceremony welcomes and honours all the Farmers who made it through the National Jury.  All of them […]

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Apr15

Kaffee-Alchemie in Nicaragua, Day 5:

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Day 5: Thursday: it was time for Round # 2 !  and on the table were 29 different coffees , in three sessions. The best of the first round was back on the table for a 2nd chance, and though the coffees are anonymous, I did recognize a couple of them from the sessions on […]

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Apr14

Kaffee-Alchemie in Nicaragua, Day 4:

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Day 4: On the fourth day here in Matagalpa, we went through the last three cupping sessions in Round # 1, tasting the remaining 30 of the coffees. Tomorrow, Thursday, we will be told how many of these 60 we have scored the magic 84 or more points: and all of these will then go […]

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