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2022.10.14

Truly Delicious Coffee Recommended by All the Coffee Lovers: Deliciousness Comes from Care and Compassion

Day 4 of TYPICA Annual Meeting took place at Tokyo Big Sight on October 13. The action-packed day culminated with the Final Round of TYPICA GUIDE. All the coffee lovers, including coffee producers, roasters, and consumers cast their vote to recommend truly delicious coffee. The top prize went to Raw Sugar Roast, and the Tokyo-based roastery was named the first ever 3-Star Roaster. The event was also attended by coffee producers who have deep ties with the participating roasters. During the show, each presenter expressed their passion and dedication toward coffee. As did the previous day, Day 4 featured multiple brewing sessions hosted by roasters from South Korea, the Netherlands, and Germany. Claye Tobin of Uncommon in the Netherlands took...

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2022.10.14

Direct Trade Brings People Closer Together: Borderless World Tangible at SCAJ

Day 3 of TYPICA Annual Meeting took place at Tokyo Big Sight on October 12. TYPICA welcomed coffee lovers from across Japan and beyond to its booth at SCAJ 2022, the largest specialty coffee festival in Asia. During talk sessions with roasters, TYPICA played Meet the Roasters Videos, a video series that puts the spotlight on roasters. After the videos were played, TYPICA had dialogue with the featured roasters themselves. Other sessions include cupping events hosted by coffee producers from abroad, as well as the introduction of the TYPICA Origin Team. Throughout the day, visitors witnessed from different angles where TYPICA stands now, as the company strives to build a community of all those involved in coffee. This year’s SCAJ...

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2022.10.12

Shining Light on Producers’ Ambitions and Personality: Harnessing Power of Community to Change World

Day 2 of TYPICA Annual Meeting took place at Toranomon Hills Forum in Tokyo on October 11. The event attracted around 200 participants, including coffee producers, roasters, and various others in the coffee industry. During the Producer Award, which featured presentations by coffee producers, 18 presenters shared their passion for coffee, vision for the future, and plans to achieve that. At the end of the gathering, attendees of different nationalities, languages, and professions deepened relationships at the Community Dinner banquet. Three years into its founding, TYPICA provides services to coffee producers in 32 countries and roasters in 39 countries and territories. The company’s uniqueness lies in the fact that its core aim is to create a community of coffee producers,...

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2022.10.11

We are within Nature: Witnessing Quintessence of Sustainability

TYPICA Annual Meeting (TAM) got underway at Ise Jingu on October 10. Around 80 people, including specialty coffee producers from 22 nations and members of TYPICA, attended a keynote speech by Mr. Eiji Hattori, former advisor to the Director General of UNESCO, to learn what sustainability stands for. At Ise Jingu, the symbol of Japan’s spiritual culture, the delegation paid a Mikakiuchi formal visit. It provided an opportunity to take a hard look at the relationship between self and others and at our way of life. The overarching theme of TAM is “Sustainable Development Generational Shapers.” TAM is a five-day conference, running through October 14. In the three days from October 12 to 14, various programs will be held at...

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2022.10.08

TYPICA kicks off Roaster Visit, an occasion for learning, dialogue, and an expression of gratitude.

Specialty coffee producers have gathered from around the world to visit coffee roasteries in western Japan. Roaster Visit kicked off in the Kansai region on October 7. During the 4-day program, coffee producers will visit various coffee shops in the country and see firsthand how the fruit of their labor is being enjoyed as a drink. On Day 1, about 30 producers with close ties with TYPICA took part in the tour. They came from 11 countries in Africa, Central and South America, and Asia. Splitting into four groups, the producers traveled to Osaka, Kyoto, and Nagoya, as well as the Tohoku northeastern region. In each of the destinations, the producers enjoyed Q&A sessions and cupping events with roasters through...

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2022.08.12

About Potato Taste Defect

What is potate taste defect? Potato taste defect, or PTD, is a type of defect that’s only found in coffees from some East African nations, including Rwanda, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda. Coffee beans with this defect give off a raw potato-like odor when they are ground or brewed. One of its causes is said to be certain insects that bite a hole in coffee cherries, creating a breeding ground for bacteria. Another culprit is believed to be pyrazine, a class of organic compounds that coffee trees generate when stimulated by insects. But no clear cause has been established. Differences from other defects PTD has two main differences from other defects. The first is difficulty in...

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2022.01.25

Yemen

Country of Yemen Yemen is located at the southwestern tip of the Arabian Peninsula. The country has diverse terrains, from mountainous regions in the northwest to deserts in the southeast. The Socotra archipelago off the southern shore, often referred to as “the Galapagos Islands of the Indian Ocean,” boasts a unique ecosystem. With relatively small oil output compared with other Middle Eastern nations, Yemen is not blessed with the affluence of Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Islamic culture permeates many parts of the Yemenis’ daily life, with women covering all but their eyes with a black veil and dress and men clad in white attire with a short dagger around the waist. The capital Sanaa, dubbed “the world’s oldest skyscraper...