Arabica coffee futures notched up their biggest one-day rise a year in New York, bouncing 5.6% from a 16-month closing low to end at 123.00 cents a pound for September delivery. The rebound tallied with ideas that the selling which had shrunk the arabica premium over robusta coffee to its lowest since at least 2008 in the last session had gone too far, as reported earlier. In fact, arabica futures far outpaced robusta coffee for September, which added 2.4% to $2,078 a tonne, but nonetheless allowed the arabica premium to rebuild to nearly 29 cents a pound.

Prices of so-called “other mild” arabica coffee, produced in the main in Central America, extended their discount to Colombian mild beans to the highest in years, despite worries over a fresh disease outbreak in Honduras.The price of other mild beans – grown mainly in the likes of Guatemala, Mexico and Honduras, but also in southern Africa and some Caribbean islands – extended their recent decline to hit 144.80 cents a pound on Wednesday, according to the International Coffee Organization.

Two of coffee’s farthest reaching certification agencies, Amsterdam, The Netherlands-based UTZ Certified and New York-based Rainforest Alliance have announced their intention to merge under the Rainforest Alliance name.
In an announcement today, the organizations said the unified NGO will tackle environmental and social issues including climate change, deforestation, and unsustainable farming in a new, single certification standard to be published in early 2019. “Together, we will continue to protect the natural environment, striving to make sustainable agriculture and forest management the norm, an aim that is already at the core of the mission of both the Rainforest Alliance and UTZ,” the groups said.

Tanzania is best known for its Peaberry coffees, but this AA from Shiviwaka Co-Op in Tanzania is one of the finest African coffees we’ve cupped this year. Established to empower smallholder farmers to get their offers to market, Shiviwaka has been a force for positive change for Tanzania’s coffee growers, their families and communities, and the environment. This washed coffee is a great Tanzania, plain and simple. The nose is sweet vanilla and coconut, with a Honeydew melon note. That sweetness continues on the palate, where the vanilla is joined by rich chocolate and melted butter. The acidity is crisp and citrus-driven, and the body delicate and silky. It will remind you of a great Kenya AA – but we haven’t cupped any Kenya this good in a long time.
Key Facts:

Variety: Kent, Bourbon
Processing: Fully washed

Cupping score: 87

Founded 2007
Shiviwaka Origin:
An umbrella organization representing the interests of more than 8,500 coffee farmers in Mbeya, Mbozi, Ileje and Rungwe District Councils of Tanzania. In 2009 it got registered as a farmer owned Non-Governmental-Organization under the 2002 NGO Act and in 2014 it was also given a status of a company limited by guarantee and not having a share capital. The organization assists member farmers in optimizing the marketing of their coffee, to inform them about price fluctuations and quality requirements as well as to establish and maintain contacts with potential overseas buyers. The organization’s core objectives aims at building local capacity and bringing about agricultural development in coffee and other crops production and good animal husbandry to the community by the mobilization of their economic, social and professional powers and thereby reducing poverty through broad participation.