The Vournas Coffee Blog

Kicking the Tires

A Coffee Report for Next Year

What’s up with, or in this case what’s down with, the coffee market. There has never before been more uncertainty in the coffee market as there is today. With certified stocks at the lowest in years, the ...

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MacLeod Wins PCCA Cupper of the Year

We are proud to announce that our own trader Stu MacLeod won the Pacific Coast Coffee Association Cupper of the Year Award. For the last 13 years the cupping has been held at the Annex and honors Green Coffee legend Pete McLaughlin. A few we...

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Shout Out To Mike

This month instead of doing my Part 2 of Guatemala trip, I figured I would pay tribute to one of the greats that I have lost in my life, someone who contributed a lot to the coffee world. On September 12 this will have marked the loss of my bro...

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Guatemala in Five Days

Recently I had the pleasure to take a farm tour to Guatemala. Having not been there for six or so years I was excited to see how it changed. My first trip to Guatemala was back in 1990 when dictators ruled the city and rebels the countryside...

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Coffee Market Goes South of the Equator

Okay, I admit it. I drank the Kool-Aid. I believed the market would hit $2.50. Now of course since we are sitting at $1.65 we are a bit far away. What has changed since we hit a high of $2.19? Well to be truthful, nothing. That’s right, ze...

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Central American Coffee Rust on the Rise

Los Angeles Times
June 7, 2014

FRAIJANES, Guatemala
For years, Hernan Argue-ta’s small plot of coffee plants seemed immune to the fungus spreading elsewhere in Central America. The airborne disease that strikes coffee p...

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Brazilian Exports Cool Coffee’s Rally

Prices Are Down 14% From April's Peak, but Tighter Supplies Could Mean More Price Spikes Later

Wall Street Journal
By Leslie Josephs
May 14, 2014

Surging coffee prices have spurred Brazilian growers and dealers to export more beans. Th...

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Time Flies When You Are Having Fun

Two weeks ago I traveled to Seattle which was a major milestone for me. It was my 25th consecutive SCAA Show and perhaps the most well attended in history. Indeed in looking back my first SCAA was in Oakland, CA at the Claremont Hotel. It wa...

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Coffee Market Soars

These three words “Coffee Market Soars” are what we hate to hear. There is no rational reason the market should be this high which to date is $1.93. This is very significant because $2.00 is a magic number in the coffee market. It is w...

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Brazilian Dry Spell Stirs Coffee Prices

By Leslie Josephs and Alexandra Wexler
Wall Street Journal February 4, 2014
Coffee futures staged their biggest rally in eight years Monday amid worries that abnormally dry weather in Brazil would hurt the country's crop.

The dry spell in ...

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