The Vournas Coffee Blog

Papua New Guinea Coffee Boom Puts Pressure on Processors

Coffee workers in Papua New Guinea work to process green coffee for export
A coffee factory manager in Papua New Guinea says a good crop and high prices are putting pressure on processors. Favourable weather conditions have led to expectations that Papua New Guinea will produce more than 60,000 tonnes of coffee this year, while coffee prices of $2.60 per pound are double…
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Study: Five Cups Of Coffee A Day Could Prevent Breast Cancer

Closeup of a coffee cup filled with black coffee
Drinking coffee could help protect women over 50 from an aggressive form of breast cancer, Swedish scientists said Wednesday. Researchers at the Karolinska Institute found that regular coffee drinkers were less likely to develop estrogen-receptor negative tumors -- a form of cancer that is resistant to a wide range of…
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Life’s Too Short For Bad Coffee

Mug of hot coffee pictured with roasted coffee beans on burlap
Ok. By now you have noticed a few changes happening at Vournas Coffee Trading. First off we lost our brother, Vice President, partner and friend, Mike to cancer back in September 2009. We have since continued to move forward with our goals intact. The first is to never forget that…
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Study: Coffee Cuts Risk Of Prostate Cancer

Closeup of roasted coffee beans
WASHINGTON (AFP) – More is better when it comes to drinking coffee to ward off the risk of deadly prostate cancer, according to a major US study released Tuesday by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health. Men who drank six or more cups per day had a 60…
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5 Health Reasons To Consume Coffee

Classic Chemex coffee brewer next to "coffee time" blackboard
By Kerri-Ann Jennings M.S., R.D. EatingWell I really like coffee. The morning ritual of brewing a cup, the smell that perks me up before I take a sip and, of course, the flavor all make it my favorite beverage aside from water (water’s delicious!). As a registered dietitian and a…
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January 2009 Coffee Market Update

Coffee Market Update Graphic
The January 2009 Coffee Market Update was released yesterday. According to the bi-annual Reuters Poll arabica prices are expected to rise by 20% by the end of 2009. The world-wide financial crisis is expected to negatively impact growers' ability to spend on inputs to production (fertilizer, tree care, labor, etc),…
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Waste Coffee Grounds Make Biodiesel Fuel

Coffee grounds closeup, macro coffee photo
Would you believe it if I told you that researchers reported today that waste coffee grounds can provide a cheap, abundant and environmentally friendly source of biodiesel fuel for powering our cars and trucks? It’s true. New, Coffee Grounds Biodiesel In a new study released today, researchers reported that spent…
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Organic 401a Inspections And Certificates

Organic Roaster Certifications Graphic
Increasingly, we have received requests to provide transaction certificates for each organic coffee purchased from us. Generally this occurs as the roaster is being inspected for organic certification, and usually after some kind of prompting from the organic inspector. We understand each of your concerns regarding the desire to make…
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VCT Visits NYMX, New York Mercantile Exchange

NYMX New York Mercantile Exchange
In late July 2007, Andrew and Mike Vournas made a business trip to New York City. While there, they were able to visit the coffee trading floor at the NYMX, New York Mercantile Exchange in lower Manhattan. All coffee contracts traded at the outcry are traded here. It was the…
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Nicaragua Cup Of Excellence

Cup of Excellence Nicaragua
Most of you are already familiar with the Cup of Excellence. I just returned from participating on the International Jury for the Nicaragua Cup of Excellence (CoE), held in Ocotal, Nicaragua. What a great experience! Not only was the opportunity to cup fabulous Nicaraguan coffees a unique and concentrated one,…
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