Slow food, slow coffee

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Last February 22, the Slow Food Coffee Coalition’s Board of Experts met and cupped coffees from Cuba, Ethiopia, Honduras, India, Mexico, Peru, Tanzania, Malawi and hopefully our very own Murcia coffee from Negros made it to the deadline.

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Coffee afficionados from among the Slow Food members around the world wait with bated breath as experts from the Accademia del Caffe Espresso La Marzocco slurped and tasted these coffees in Fiesole (Florence) from Slow Food coffee communities in nine coffee- growing countries. Some of the noted tasters are: Massimo Battaglia of Accademia dell’Espresso; Massimo Audino of the Lavazza group, Nora Smahelova, coffee education leader Accademia dell’Espresso; Maria trompettoof Lavazza group ; Alessio Baschieri of L’Albero del Caffe roasting company and Francesco Sanapo, an artisan coffee roaster.

The coffee will be tasted in Brazilian cupping mode according to Specialty Coffee Association criteria (similar to cuppings in the Philippines as PCBI is an in country partner ( ICP) of the
Coffee Quality Institute.

Arabica and Robusta coffees were tasted and results will be shared with the Slow Food Coffee communities.

What is notable is that the Slow Food Communities have already joined the SFCC Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) initiative which will engage more producers to get an alternative certification model for good, clean and fair practices at the coffee farms.This certification system is based on trust, collaboration and will not be expensive for farmers to acquire.

The Slow Food Coffee Coalition (SFCC) seeks to unite all players in the coffee chain starting with the collaboration of Slow Food movement with Lavazza, one of the biggest coffee roasters in the world. The network is based on a new model that stresses on relations, inspired by values of cooperation and considering production and consumption paradigms. It seeks to bring good coffees to the fore, as farmers get rewarded for producing clean and good-tasting coffee and
ensure a fair price for both producer and consumer.

All told, Slow Food Coffee is about relationships in the coffee value chain as well as an assurance that the coffees produced by the coalition members follow the Slow Food principles of GOOD, CLEAN AND FAIR. Not just for food, but for coffee which is an important partner to every meal, around the world.

So it’s not just Slow Food, it must be partnered with Slow coffee as well.

P.S. As of Press time-Due to logistical challenges our Murcia coffee did not make it this time, but hopefully we can soon send Arabica from Mountain Province and Robustas from Negrosand Cavite for the next round.

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