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Zephyr Green Coffee, a newly formed LLC began operations this past summer. The company will be managed by David Kastle and Scott Reed, specialty coffee traders with over 25 years of experience in the coffee industry. Both Kastle and Reed were previously with Royal Coffee based in California and Reed was a roastmaster for PJ’s Coffee in New Orleans. According to the company, “Zephyr Green Coffee plans to become a major presence in the specialty green market.”

Zephyr Green Coffee LLC is located at: 1800 Hastings Place, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130. Tel: +(1)(504) 569-1595, Toll free: +(1)(877) 569-1595, Fax: +(1)(504) 569-1598, Web: www.zephyrcoffee.com.

SCAE Berne Conference

The Speciality Coffee Association of Europe held their World of Coffee Conference last May in Berne, Switzerland of which several thousand people attended. The event included a high-profile and packed World Barista Championship, along with three other exciting world championships. The well attended conference featured a sold-out awards banquet, and a buzzing exhibition throughout its three days.

At the World Barista Championship, Claus Thomsen returned the crown to Denmark’s hands by besting the champion baristas from 45 countries in front of an enthusiastic and vocal group of supporters. The best in the world also competed in the World Latte Art Championship, the World Coffee Cupping Championship and the Coffee in Good Spirits championship.

At the conference, a mix of smaller breakout sessions and larger podium discussions allowed delegates to hear and question top experts in the fields of sustainability, coffee production and export, marketing and retailing coffee, among many other topics.

A glittering banquet at the city’s resplendent casino honored the winners of the SCAE’s Awards for Coffee Excellence. The next evening, baristas and their supporters from all parts of the globe gathered after the WBC final at a party on the site of the city’s jazz festival.

SCAE president Colin Smith said, “World of Coffee was a great success.” He also thanked the hard working members of the Berne organizing committee, led by chairman Samuel Zenger, as well as the generous sponsors, speakers, exhibitors and staff who had all contributed to the event.

The SCAE is already planning its follow-up events, in Antwerp in May 2007, and in Copenhagen in June 2008.

A new board was appointed at the annual general meeting. The officers and board of directors are now as follows: Colin Smith, president and chair of the information committee & events committee; Max Fabian, vice president; Nils Erichsen, chair of the education committee & treasurer; Pauline Sherwood, chair of the membership and chapter development committee; Tone Liavaag, WBC Board representative; Steffen Schwarz, chair of the competitions committee. Also on the Board are Patrizio Brusoni, Tom Obracaj, Joseph Smith, Marcelo Vieira, Jon Willassen, Hugh Gilmartin, Steve Penk, Chris Spiers, Marc Kappeli and Mick Wheeler, executive director and chair of the international relations committee.

Massimo Zanetti Beverage, USA Obtains Certification for Organic Coffee Production

Massimo Zanetti Beverage, USA has announced that its “best in class” coffee manufacturing facility in Suffolk, Virginia has been approved as a certified operator to produce/run organic coffees by the Quality Assurance International (QAI), an independent, third party certification group of organic food systems. The certification declares to consumers that the company upholds the highest organic standards is assured from the field to the shopping cart.

To acquire the QAI certification, the Suffolk facility met strict standards set forth by the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Organics Program. The QAI Organic Certification Program is designed to verify each step of the production process; from the receipt of the coffee beans and finished goods, through the repacking of organic products, to the shelf in your grocery store. The QAI Certification seal is widely recognized and respected by consumers as a sign of organic integrity.

“We have seen an increasing demand and growing trend in organic products for consumers over the past few years. More retail customers are looking to have organic products on their shelves,” said Felix Venezuela, vice president of operations and supply chain.

Built in 1990, the manufacturing facility of Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA is a highly modernized, state-of-the-art roast and ground coffee facility. The production processes are fully automated with the capability to process roast and ground coffee across a range of products and packaging.

Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA markets a stable of consumer brands including Chock full o’Nuts, Hills Bros., MJB Premium Coffee and Chase & Sanborn.

Women’s Coffee Harvest Tours

The International Women’s Coffee Alliance (IWCA) is offering tours designed to build relationships with coffee producers, many of whom are women. Programs are designed to meet coffee producers, visit local farms and mills, witness coffee processing and participate in cuppings. Participants experience the entire coffee process: cherry picking, beneficios, drying, warehousing and the dry mill. Bilingual guides, accommodations, meals, cultural and evening events, yoga and healing massages are also included. Upcoming tours are:
  • Coffee Harvest Tour: Colombia, December 2 - 9, 2006. Coed. $1950 - 8 days
  • The Colombia Coffee Tour brings guests to Armenia, the heart of the coffee growing region, to learn about coffee varieties at “El Agrado” coffee lab, participate in coffee cupping, and visit with local women farmers of the Jazmin Project.
  • Women in Coffee: India , January 13 - 20, 2007. Women Only. $2120 - 8 days.
  • Eight days visiting the majestic temples in Belur and Halebid, learning the coffee pulping process at various estates, touring an Indian tea factory, and sightseeing at the tallest monolithic statue in the world at Sravana Belgola.
  • Women in Coffee: Costa Rica, Feb 18 - 24, 2007. Women Only. $1750 - 7 days.
Spend a week touring and coffee cupping in fair trade and organic coffee mills in the Brunca, Tarrazu, and Orosi regions, visiting the Women’s Committee of Coope Agri, and re-energizing at the Tabacon resort and spa. For full itinerary details on these trips, go to: www.adventuresassociates.net/adventures/main_wadven_elanbrofall06.html.

Women in Coffee Tours, PO Box 16304, Seattle, Washington 98116. Tel: +(1)(206) 932-8352, Fax: +(1)(206) 938-2654, E-mail: Elan@AdventureAssociates.net

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