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Organic Coffee, Door-to-Door

Connect Coffee, exclusive marketing and sales representative of Blue de Brasil Organic Coffee has announced a new service to customers who want guaranteed supply at a lower price.

For buyers of 30 sacks and above, Connect Coffee is combining roaster’s orders into one container and shipping directly from Brazil to East and West Coast USA at an all-inclusive price. For more information and pricing contact Suzy Turnbull at suzyturnbull@uol.com.br or visit www.bluedebrasil.com and Charlotte, NC office on (704) 708 5020.

NYBOT Develops Global Electronic System for Deliveries

The New York Board of Trade (NYBOT) has begun the development of eCOPS - a new electronic platform for the full automation of coffee and cocoa deliveries. The new eCOPS represents an evolution of the NYBOT Commodity Operations Processing System (COPS), built originally to handle deliveries for NYBOT’s coffee and cocoa futures markets.

For more than ten years, COPS has managed coffee and cocoa deliveries for the exchange. The NYBOT is now transforming the process into a modern B2B commodity management system which will automate the manually intensive and costly back office activities currently associated with coffee and cocoa deliveries.

The evolution of COPS into eCOPS will initially deal with 11 out of the 15 major documents associated with coffee deliveries, and 9 out of 15 involved with cocoa deliveries. The new eCOPS will handle electronic versions of warehouse receipts, delivery orders, sampling orders, weight notes, invoices, and insurance declarations. Other areas such as bills of lading and customs entry documentation could be added if demand warrants. The system will serve key cocoa and coffee industry segments and related areas such as exporters, importers, roasters, grinders, bankers, insurance companies, ocean carriers, customs brokers, as well as current COPS users including FCMs, warehouses, samplers and weighers.

NYBOT has also recently announced that since the price of delivery of Exchange Coffee is based on U.S. Dollars, all storage invoicing done by the warehouses and the deliverers shall also be in U.S. Dollars regardless of the delivery port. Under NYBOT’s Coffee, Sugar and Cocoa Exchange (CSCE) Coffee “C” rules, it requires the deliverer to give the receiver one business day free of storage and to bill the receiver for any remaining prepaid storage.

India Tea Convention to be Held

The India International Tea Convention will be held in Calcutta at the Hotel Taz Bengal from March 6-8, 2003. Jointly organized by the Tea Board of India, the Consultative Committee of Plantation Associations (CCPA) - the apex body of tea producers in India - and the Indian Merchant Tea Exporters. Forum (IMTEF) will bring together the entire global tea fraternity and will focus on emphasizing India as the “one-stop shop” for tea.

The convention will give tea producers, exporters, blenders, distributors, packaging companies, equipment manufacturers, suppliers, and trade associations a chance to interact with each other.

The convention will concurrently host an inter national tea exposition showcasing the best of India’s tea product portfolio.

Highlights of the convention will include: five special sessions focusing on international and Indian markets and the tea & health experience; convention lunches and dinners offering opportunities to network and build trade partnerships; pre- and post-convention tours to tea estates in Assam, West Bengal and South India.

For more information visit www.iitc2003.com or e-mail: info@iitc2003.com.

SCAE Working Trips

The Specialty Coffee Association of Europe (SCAE) is planning a trip to India in February and one to Brazil in late June 2003. SCAE members are invited to be included in either of these trips.

Applications will be accepted on a first come basis and preference will be given to roasters & traders. The Association stresses that these are business trips, designed to be educational and to foster good relationships between the members and hosts; there will be little or no time for sightseeing.

The Indian field trip will be for a period of 7/8 days and will start in Bangalore on Friday, January 31st, 2003 and will finish February 6th. Participants will need to ensure they arrive in good time for the 31st. There will be three days of visiting estates as well as visiting the Coffee Board of India Research Station and their premises in Bangalore to see the weekly auction taking place.

Contact Betty Attwood, SCAE Secretary immediately at: Tel: (44) (0) 1306 743 524, Fax:(44) (0) 1306 743 527, E-mail: scae@btinternet.com.

Tea & Coffee - January/February 2003


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