Sustainable Coffee Challenge Kicks Off in Dublin

The Sustainable Coffee Challenge is working to having coffee be the first truly sustainable product. At the SCAE World of Coffee event in Dublin this week, the official kickoff begins.

From The Sustainable Coffee Challenge:

On Thursday, June 23rd we will officially launch a beta version of the Sustainable Coffee Challenge Commitments Hub at the SCAE World of Coffee in Dublin. The Hub will help us to showcase our collective investments and actions made across the coffee sector.

Commitments generally take the form of investments and actions that are undertaken to achieve specific targets or outcomes. Within the Sustainable Coffee Challenge, partners have agreed that the following principles should guide commitments:

  • New or active commitment: Every commitment that is stated via the Sustainable Coffee Challenge should be either a new commitment or an existing commitment that has yet to be achieved.
  • Incorporates SMART objectives: Commitments should be specific in what they set out to achieve, incorporate measureable targets, be ambitious in nature, relevant for the industry, organization or supply chain that it is targeting, and time-bound.
  • Aims for impact: Commitments should consider the contribution to one or more of the North Star elements – prosperity & wellbeing of producers; forest, water and soil conservation; and/or sustained supply of coffee.
  • Can be reported at set intervals: Organizations should enter commitments that can be reported on in the system on an annual or semi-annual basis with 1st, 2nd or 3rd party data.

For more information, or to join the growing community of supporters, please visit their website at:

World of Coffee 2016 Event in Dublin June 23-25

The 16th World of Coffee event will be held in Dublin, Ireland June 23-25th. Specialty Coffee Association of Europe invites you to this fun opportunity to connect with others in the wonderful world of coffee:


Join the Speciality Coffee Association of Europe (SCAE) in Dublin for this very special event, featuring an interactive exhibition with over 200 of the world’s most innovative coffee industry suppliers, four full days of thrilling competitions, inspiring symposiums, seminars, educational workshops and a packed social programme filled with plenty of entertainment, excitement and fun fringe events.

Website here for all the details:


Host Milano kicks off this week


This week kicks off Host Milano, one of the largest coffee trade shows in the world. With exhibits, workshops & presentations by SCAE (Specialty Coffee Association of Europe,) and cupping events to show the public how professionals sample coffee. Via Global Coffee Report:

Fiera Milano will open its doors this weekend to welcome the international coffee community to Host Milano.

From 23 – 27 October, exhibitors from around the world will meet in Milan, Italy to showcase their products in what has become one of the biggest bi-annual trade fairs on the calendar. Read more

Everything You Need to Know About Single Origin Coffee


Here at A Little Further South we promote Direct Market, and single origin coffees. These are coffees that we buy from small farmers, everything is traceable, and we actually get to see the operations behind the coffees that we are importing.

Here’s an article that appeared in the “Perfect Daily Grind.” Please read the excerpt, and click on the link for the full article. Enjoy!

Single origin is a small phrase with a big definition. The meaning’s often simplified to a coffee that’s sourced from one single producer, crop, or region in one country. Single farm and single estate mean that the coffee is sourced from one farm, mill, or co-operative. Then you can go a step further and find coffee labels that tell you the estate name, the specific lot or paddock the coffee was grown on, or if it’s a microlot (a specific varietal from a specific farm).

Yet this isn’t all that single origin means.

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