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Coffee Quest Brasil

Coffee Quest Brasil

Coffee Quest is a coffee company with offices in the Netherlands, USA, Brazil, and Colombia. The company manages quality control and coffee exports in Brazil and Colombia and handles sales and distribution in the Netherlands and the United States. We became acquainted with Friso, the Dutch director of the company, who gave us the opportunity to introduce their coffee to Asia. It’s still fresh in our minds that we offered the new crop from Coffee Quest Colombia in Japan last September, which was well-received. Our plan to visit Friso and his team in Brazil this summer had to be canceled due to scheduling conflicts, so we decided to leave the pre-selection process of coffee to Friso in Brazil. Producers in Brazil usually finish harvesting coffee in August. This summer, however, due to an unexpected cold wave, frost has affected the crop, and we would not receive samples even in September.  Brazil had an unusually cold summer, with serious frost damaging a lot of the coffee harvests. This inevitably reduced production by about twenty percent, driving coffee prices to one of the highest in history. The same could not be said for specialty coffee, the yield of which was mostly unaffected because it’s usually harvested earlier. However, the damage to commercial coffee was tremendous. Many coffee trees have been lost due to frost damage this year, and there are concerns that the harvest from next year onwards will be drastically reduced. Since the start of TYPICA’s business, we have been forced to acknowledge that coffee production would be affected by such extreme weather conditions and due to climate change. After overcoming this new and unexpected chaos,...

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