Archive for March 2016

Winner, Winner, Congee Dinner

The cameras have stopped filming. The chef coats are back on the rack. The judges have made their choices. Yes, another S&D Culinary Challenge is in the books — and another talented Johnson & Wales Charlotte student joins the ranks of winners. Earning first place honors for 2016 is Chainey Kuykendall. A junior from Mount […]

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March 25, 2016 Coffee and Tea Market Report Highlights

Coffee Market The market finished down five percent on a shortened week after consecutive weeks of steady gains, closing slightly below the 200 day moving (basis life of contract). Latin America was mostly quiet with limited selling due to Semana Santa, suggesting that the correction was speculative in nature. The big turn came on Wednesday […]

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How the weather in Colombia is impacting coffee

There may be more than 2,000 miles separating S&D’s Concord headquarters and Colombia, but the weather conditions in the country’s coffee-growing regions have a far-reaching impact on the industry. Overview of the situation El Niño has shown its power in Colombia two ways: lack of rain and increased sunshine, which both lead to higher temperatures. […]

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March 18, 2016 Coffee and Tea Market Report Highlights

Coffee Market Up, up and away went the “C” market this week which saw significant gains behind substantial speculator short covering. The world’s largest coffee producer was not out of the game as Brazil remained a significant seller, however it wasn’t enough to overcome the market rally. Funds were 5,700 lots net long on Tuesday […]

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A Competitor’s Take on Coffee Fest NYC 2016

Coffee Fest New York City 2016 — wow what can I say? After winning the World Latte Art Championship Open in Portland back in October 2015, part of me figured it was time to retire out of the circuit. The competition itself, and all the preparation leading up to, can be extremely stressful and tiring […]

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March 11, 2016 Coffee and Tea Market Report Highlights

Coffee Market The second consecutive week of solid gains for “C” market this week with a 4.75 cent climb that put the market up over 10 cents for the past two weeks, good for a 9% increase. The real continued to rally marking its best showing against the dollar in six months. With subdued selling […]

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The Mentoring Side of the S&D Culinary Challenge

S&D Coffee & Tea’s signature event, the S&D Culinary Challenge, continues to grow and develop to meet the needs of its student contestants and strengthen relationships with professional chefs. In its sixth year, the event now includes a new mentoring component; the finalists have been paired with some of Charlotte’s most notable chefs who will […]

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March 4, 2016 Coffee and Tea Market Report Highlights

Coffee Market The “C” market has seemingly found some legs this week which saw a 5 percent rise, whether or not these are stable or shaky legs has yet to be seen as this is largely considered to be currency driven move. The Brazilian real skyrocketed 10.2 percent this week behind a fresh round of […]

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