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Dillanos’ Unveils It’s a Wonderful Blend
on Our December Cover

Inspired by the Frank Capra Christmas classic, It’s a Wonderful Life, Dillanos Coffee Roasters, Sumner, Washington, commissioned nationally recognized artist Chris Hopkins to capture the magic of coffee making on a Christmas morning for its new holiday label, It’s a Wonderful Blend.

Twenty percent of the wholesale sales price from the blend is being donated by Dillanos to the U.S. Marine’s Toys For Tots national program, benefiting needy children.

The 11-year-old boy in the oil painting is Dillon Morris, company namesake and son of co-president David Morris. Joining in the family fun is tip-toeing 1-year-old Skylar, son of co-president Chris Heyer and 3-year-old cousin Tanner.

Take Me 2 Tea Expo Debuts in Las Vegas in 2003

SFG Group LLC has announced that the company will launch the inaugural Take Me 2 Tea Expo in Las Vegas in the spring of 2003. The event, which will include both an exhibition and conference, will take place March 16 through 18 at the Las Vegas Hilton.

“The SFG Group has assembled an experienced team to produce the event,” said George Jage, president of SFG Group. “The management team has combined trade show experience spanning a wide array of industries for more than 20 years. The expo has received widespread support from the tea industry, retaining an advisory board of representatives from some of the nation’s leading tea and tea related companies.”

The Take Me 2 Tea Expo will include exhibitors from all facets of the tea industry, including tea importers, wholesalers, commercial equipment manufacturers, packagers, water system providers, tea accoutrement and giftware manufacturers and authors and publishers. The event has been designed to attract a broad range of attendees that sell or serve tea.

For more information on exhibiting or attending the Take Me 2 tea Expo, visit the event web site at www.takeme2tea.com

P&A Marketing Relocates

P&A Marketing International, a trading and consulting company that markets Pinhalense coffee processing equipment worldwide, is moving to a new address in the same town of Pinhal, in the heart of Brazilian coffee country. Associate companies GSB2, an advertising agency, and QualicafeX, a newly established coffee exporter, are also moving to the same vintage house that has been restored and transformed into an office. The new directions for Carlos Brando, João Staut, João Brando and their team is Praça Rio Branco, 13, E.S.Pinhal, SP, 13990-000, Brazil, phone 55-19-3651-3233, fax 55-19-3651 2887 and e-mail pea.marketing@rantac.com.br.

SCAE Working Trips to India and Brazil

Following on a very successful field trip to India last February,the Specialty Coffee Association of Europe (SCAE) is planning a further trip to India in February and one to Brazil in late June 2003. SCAE members are invited to indicate their wish 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. Each trip can accommodate up to 25 people.

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. Costs are not yet known but will include 3/4 nights hotel accommodation in Bangalore and travel by luxury bus to and from Chikmagalur. SCAE members will be guests of the estate owners for time spent on the estates.

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


Brazil Cup of Excellence

Sul de Minas farmers captured the majority of 28 Cup of Excellence awards given out at the annual Brazil Cup of Excellence. The #1 farm, also Sul de Minas, Fazenda Agua Limpa is owned by Jose Carlos Pereira de Carvalho. The international jury described these coffees as sweet, clean, juicy, floral with hints of chocolate and very rich body.

The winning coffee lots were all cupped at least five times during the competition process, each time scoring high enough to advance to the next round.

Tea & Coffee - December/January 2002
Modern Process Equipment


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