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Coffee Fest to Return to Washington, DC, in February

Coffee Fest is returning to Washington, D.C., for its late winter show being held from February 24-26, 2006, at the Washington, D.C., Convention Center.

Coffee Fest’s three-day specialty coffee business seminar presenters, Kent Holloway, David Morris, Tommy Thwaites and Greg Hartlein will host the Coffee Fest/International Academy of Specialty Coffee (IASC) Hands-On Barista Training, sponsored by Nuova Simonelli. IASC Barista Certification testing will also take place at Coffee Fest Seattle. Interested baristi may visit www.coffeefest.com for more information.

The Millrock Latte Art Competition will feature some of the country’s finest latte artists going head-to-head. Preliminary rounds will occur on Friday and Saturday; on Sunday, the top 10 competitors from the previous two days’ competitions will face-off. The winner will walk away with $1,000, second place with $500 and third place with $250.

In addition, Coffee Fest will present the Specialty Coffee Association of America’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Barista Competition, hosted by Murky Coffee. Coffee Fest is also hosting, in conjunction with Stirling Gourmet Flavors, the third “Stirling Signature Beverage Open”, a free-form competition designed to shine a spotlight on quality and creativity in beverage making. Two cash prizes of $500 each will be awarded-one for the best-tasting beverage and one for the most creative beverage.

Coffee Fest will also offer a Hands-On Smoothie Workshops, where participants will explore the fundamentals of blending profitable smoothies, how to get the most from one’s equipment and how to choose the right ingredients. At the Coffee Cupping Workshop, participants will learn to evaluate the nuances and characteristics of different blends and growing regions. The first-ever Annual Roasters’ Speakeasy, sponsored by Roast Magazine, will take place on Saturday, February 25. The Speakeasy will present an opportunity for roasters to discuss problems, tips, questions or share general info amongst peers. Six hands-on latte art classes will again occur at Coffee Fest’s Millrock Latte Art Competition venue, taught by Chris DeFerio of Carriage House Coffee in Ithaca, New York.

The show will also feature the usual line-up of more than 65 educational sessions and focused exhibition featuring more than 200 booths.

Coffee Fest, 13555 SE 36th St #230, Bellevue, Washington 98006. Tel: (1)(425) 283-5058, Web: www.coffeefest.com.


X Café Receives Organic Certification

X Café LLC, a manufacturer of shelf-stable coffee extracts, is now offering organic coffee in extract form. Jay Elfman, sales manager - East, noted, “We are now certified organic by Organic Certifiers, an accredited firm under the USDA National Organic Program. This allows us to provide organic coffee extract by special customer request in either Bag-in-Box for beverage, or totes for ingredient use. The certification was received after an audit by the firm to review our processing methods and batch records.”

Any coffee available as an organic may be converted to liquid form at X Café’s recently certified facility. The shelf-stable products include 30:1 to 50:1 ratios, Medium Roast and Dark Roast, caffeinated and non-caffeinated versions. In addition, proprietary custom blends are also available.

X Café’s Coffee Extract is primarily produced as Bag-in-Box for beverage use. When coupled with a liquid coffee dispenser, the product serves high volume foodservice accounts ranging from casinos and sports arenas to healthcare facilities and convention centers. Recently, the company has seen enormous demand for its coffee extract in 1,000-liter tote form for use as an ingredient. The totes are used in producing liquors, bottled beverages, ice creams and gelatos.

X Café, 104 Merriam Road/P.O. Box 1100, Princeton, Massachusetts 01541. Tel: (1)(877)492-2331, Web: www.x-cafe.com.


Port Cargo Returns to New Orleans Offices

Port Cargo Service has returned to its offices in New Orleans, La, following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. The entire staff has resumed work.

The company has also started a new venture, New Orleans Container Trucking, LLC, which will become the company’s primary trucker. The new unit has interchanges with steamship lines, and is currently working with the railroads to have interchanges to handle their railroad-owned containers. The company is able to handle containers, flat beds and conventional trailers at the wharves and at the railroads. A full service trucker, they are able to handle customers’ trucking needs in the metropolitan New Orleans area.

Kevin Kelly, owner, said, “We have trucking licenses and rights to perform trucking in all 48 states. However, it is not our intention to perform trucking services outside the metropolitan area at this time. We decided to offer trucking services in order that we can keep trucking rates reasonable for our customers. Rates have skyrocketed since Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast.” Kelly also noted that he was extremely grateful for the support that the community has shown during this difficult time.

Port Cargo Service is still missing about 35% of its warehouse labor force. Kelly added, “We hope they return soon, but have begun hiring new employees. It appears that many of our missing employees have decided to begin their life in a new city.”

He added, ” We understand this belief, and wish them good luck. However, we believe that New Orleans has a great future ahead, and we want to be a part of it. Never before in American history has such a large community had the opportunity to recreate itself. We do, and we look forward to it. We want to keep our culture, music, architecture, food, festivals and fun for life, and blend it with good schools and a clean and safe environment.

“Today, there are two parts to New Orleans. One part is the area that was flooded, and the other is the original City founded prior to 1890. Devastation best describes the flooded areas, but the area that was not flooded is vibrant and coming back to life very quickly. It is private industry that is allowing the City to return so quickly. Mom and Pop businesses, and small to medium businesses are leading the way to recreate New Orleans. We need a vibrant economy in order for us to create our new New Orleans. Without work, our dreams cannot be achieved.”

Port Cargo Service, LLC 5200 Coffee Drive, New Orleans, Louisiana, 70115. Tel: (1)(504) 891 9494, Fax: (1)(504) 897 3951.


NYBOT Removes Moratorium At Warehouses In The Port Of Antwerp

The New York Board of Trade (NYBOT) announced -- effective immediately -- that the moratorium previously placed at Molenbergnatie 3 Way 7 and Wilmarsdonk 3 Way 9, in the Port of Antwerp, has been removed.

On July 29, 2005, a severe thunderstorm damaged the NYBOT-licensed coffee warehouses of Molenbergnatie 3 Way 7 and Wilmarsdonk 3 Way 9 in the Port of Antwerp. On August 2, NYBOT’s Cocoa, Coffee and Pulp Warehouse and License Committee instituted a moratorium on any further certification of coffee stored at such warehouses, until the repairs were completed and exchange standards were met.


African Fine Coffees Conference To Meet in February

Dr. Jane Goodall, the U.N. Messenger of Peace, and recently appointed Dame of the British Empire, will present a Keynote Speech at the Third Annual African Fine Coffees Conference and Exhibition that is being held from February 16-18, 2005 in Mount Kilimanjaro, Arusha/Tanzania. Dr. Goodall is widely known for her efforts to conserve wildlife.

Other speakers include Jerry Baldwin, the former chairman of Peet’s Coffee & Tea, U.S.; Hailu Gebre Hiwot, president ECEA, Ethiopia; Joseph Taguma, general manager, Zambia Coffee Growers Association; Andrea Thompson, head of analysis and research at Coffeenetwork; Niels Van Heeren, production and certification, Utz Kapeh. amongst numerous other distinguished members of the coffee community.

The forum offers coffee stakeholders, in both international and regional markets, the opportunity to meet, establish relationships, and discuss important issues.

Sessions at the conference have been selected to focus on the educational needs of the coffee stakeholders throughout the coffee value chain. Topics will include: AFRICA: The Future of Specialty Coffee Production; Buying Coffee from African Origins: Past, Present, Future; Coffee Sustainability: Who pays and Who Benefits? Also, included in the program are two workshops: “Best Field Practices - for Production of Quality Coffee” and “Coffee Roasting, Blending and Cupping.” Here, six experienced volunteer trainers from the Coffee Quality Institute, U.S. will share their knowledge and skills.

Eastern African Fine Coffee Association (EAFCA), P.O. Box 27405, Kampala, Uganda. Tel: (256)(0) 41 269140, Fax: (256)(0) 41 269148, E-mail: secretariat@eafca.org, Web: www.eafca.org.


World Tea Expo Brings First Tea Auction To U.S.

World Tea Expo will host the first Tea Auction ever to be held in the U.S. The auction, featuring premium specialty teas from Nilgiri, India, will take place during this year’s Expo, in Las Vegas Hilton from March 27-29, 2006. Attendees can register online at www.worldteaexpo.com. The Tea Auction, organized by the World Tea Expo, the Nilgiri Planters Association, and the Tea Board of India, will give buyers an opportunity to bid on 42 of the Nilgiri region’s finest teas. The evening prior to the event, there will be a special tasting of all the teas to be auctioned. Buyers who register before March 13th will also receive samples of all the teas prior to the auction.

After growing more than 200% in the two years since its inception in 2003 -- under the title, Take Me 2 Tea -- the show has been re-branded as the World Tea Expo. “The past few years have shown an incredible spike in the demand for specialty teas,” noted George Jage, president of the World Tea Expo.

There will be a number of special events to educate, entertain, and connect members of the industry, including cooking with tea demonstrations, Chinese and Japanese tea ceremonies, an Iced Tea Shake-Off competition and 45 educational seminars.



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