Masteroast are delighted to receive a £50,000 grant from the Eastern Agri-Tech Initiative. This will be used to improve the production facilities and create more than 10 new jobs in the Peterborough area.
The Eastern Agri-Tech Growth Initiative still have grants available. If you're a company looking at getting a grant for specialist equipment, new market and supply chains, ways to improve productivity and efficiency or research and development this Initiative could help you. www.agritechgrants.co.uk
Just returned from a week long training session in Singapore, hosted by the inspirational team at Bettr Barista. Bettr Barista is a social enterprise, coffee training centre and roaster based in Singapore. It is one of the best examples I have witnessed of coffee being used as a vehicle for self-development and education. All levels of the SCAE Green coffee diploma were taught. Great to have so many people pass, especially at the professionals level.
As a foodie Singapore didn’t disappoint. The team were great at sharing their passion for all things food, especially their favoured late night hawker stand spots and food haunts. If you are a coffee and tea advocate you won't be disappointed. Other than coffee spots my favourite place had to be a tea merchant in Joo Chiat Place, specialising in Oolong teas from their farm in China. It’s not all about the coffee!
Eve Mills, Director and Coffee Buyer at Masteroast, has received notification from our supplier of Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee of a possible shortage in next year’s crop:
“The following article appeared in yesterday's Daily Gleaner in Jamaica. Fires have destroyed a not insignificant amount of low grown young green JBM coffee destined for the next crop. This will probably mean that next year's crop will be as short as this year's crop has proven to be.
Our forward shipments covering the current crop have not, most fortunately, been affected but we're technically fully forward sold but any of you who have reservations, confirmed orders and/or contracts with us will be receiving your coffee unless some untoward catastrophe strikes meanwhile - which we're not in any way predicting.
However, the situation in Jamaica remains grave with cherry box prices having increased by 300 percent over this crop year - that's the least of it as yields from the cherries of exportable green coffee have reduced over the same period from 60% to 40%, compounding the problem.
We will keep you informed”.
In early February Masteroast visited our Colombian suppliers. A number of customers and guests joined us on
the trip to Southern Huila and Quindío.
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