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Sintercafe VII awaits you in Costa Rica.

The Costa Rican coffee sector is preparing to receive more than 600 participants at the Seventh International Coffee Week (Sintercafe VII), which will run from November 14 to 17,1993. This year the U.S. will be the guest nation and the National Coffee Association of America has already confirmed their participation.

The event, which has taken place for six consecutive years, presents the best of Costa Rica; coffee of the highest quality, which faithfully reflects two centuries of research and the consolidation of varieties such as Caturra and Catuai, of international renown because of their high quality.

President of Volcafe, Paul Moller will be among the guest speakers. He will chair a conference on "World Perspectives on Coffee for the '90s." In addition, several Colombian businessmen will present the perspective from a producing country.

The international aspect of the conference has brought numerous benefits to the coffee producers of Costa Rica, for not only is the event the best of its kind in Latin America, but also many visitors come to learn more about what makes Costa Rican coffee so appreciated in so many parts of the world.

The event will once again take place at the Herradura Hotel and Conference Center, located just 10 minutes from downtown San Jose and the Juan Santamaria Airport.

With its headquarters at the Herradura, and "sub-headquarters" in the Cariari and Corobici hotels, the event will allow participants to gain ample knowledge about the international coffees panorama, addition to production techniques, milling processes, and research going on in Costa Rica. In addition, it will allow participants to gain first-hand experience with coffee plantations, coffee picking, and coffee mills during the field trip to the Victoria Cooperative R.L.

Sintercafe was created in 1987 in order to promote Costa Rica's coffee among buyers, producers, and other people engaged in the coffee business.

To register, fill out the form on the facing page and fax it to Sintercafe at (506)22-34-37; or call (506)22-34-20.

This past June, the old French University town of Montpellier was host to the international coffee community's biennial ASIC Colloquium.

ASIC is the International Scientific Association for Coffee, an organization with members worldwide in all aspects of coffee study and research. The colloquiums are held every other year in a different hosting nation--two years ago it was held in the U.S., this year in France, in 1995 the event will take place in Kyoto, Japan.

The recent ASIC Colloquium drew some 300 delegates from 34 nations for a full week of presentations on findings relative to coffee in the disciplines of biotechnology, agronomy, technology, physiology, and chemistry.

Such a wealth of technical and investigative expertise is understandably somewhat dumfounding to the coffee layman. Perhaps this is why attendance by roasters and even green coffee exporters and importers is relatively low. As one roaster from the U.S. said to me--

"You don't see the rank and file here, certainly no small roasters attend. Too many leave this for the big companies and the technical people." This is apparently too true, and is a loss for the coffee community in sum.

It must be noted that progress toward opening ASIC to a larger coffee audience was at least initiated at the Montpellier Colloquium. Both the sponsoring committee, lead by France's SNICC organization (National Syndicate of Coffee Commerce and Industry) lead by Jean-Loup Danon, and the ASIC directorate itself, headed by president Kene Coste, went to great lengths to promote attendance among a wider group, and particularly as directed toward a "Coffee And Health" day

This was something new for an ASIC Colloquium allowed for an entire day devoted to specific presentations of special interest to th coffee consumer.
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Title Annotation:Seventh International Coffee Week, November 14-17, 1993
Publication:Tea & Coffee Trade Journal
Date:Aug 1, 1993
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