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Taste the first ever De’Longhi Specialty Coffee in partnership with Slow Food Coffee Coalition

De’Longhi’s effort in promoting sustainability in the coffee industry has been realised through Honduras, its first-ever Specialty Coffee developed in partnership with Slow Food Coffee Coalition.

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A sustainable lifestyle begins at home and doesn’t necessarily call for an upheaval of one’s routine. Starting can be as simple as paying attention to the coffee beans you use: now easier than ever thanks to Honduras, De’Longhi’s first-ever Specialty Coffee Beans in partnership with Slow Food Coffee Coalition.

As a leader in bean-to-cup coffee machines, De’Longhi takes responsibility for protecting the whole coffee value chain, starting from the fine raw materials and the people at the heart of the industry. At the same time, it aims to empower consumers to unearth the essence behind the coffee they savour daily. So, in 2022, De’Longhi started a partnership with the Slow Food Coffee Coalition a collaborative, international network dedicated to uniting all the coffee supply chain participants, from farmers to consumers. In July 2023, two versions of the Specialty Coffee become available: medium-dark roast, ideal for Espresso, Cappuccino, and Latte, and medium-light roast, ideal for Espresso, Coffee, and Cold Brew. It’s time for a sip of change, which will taste special. 
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Origin and traceability 

The joint effort results in high-quality Specialty Coffee from the Slow Food Community “Las Capucas Sustainable Coffee Village” in Honduras. Grown on a farm that practises agroecological management, the beans, just one part of the chain of custody, present a traceability systemThe single-origin, 100% arabica beans are harvested at an altitude of 1,200 metres in an agroecological system with organic compost made of farm by-products and without the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers. The coffee is grown in consociation with other plants that provide shade and nutrients to the coffee plants and support the flora and fauna biodiversity on the farm. This helps both the health of the coffee plants and the diets of people living on the farm, that harvest the fruits and other plants and breed farmyard animals in a closed circle with nature.

The beans undergo natural processing–they’re semi-washed, meaning some pulp remains on the bean while it dries, and use the “honey”, or the sticky pulp that clings to the bean and adds distinct flavour notes. This type of processing calls for less water, upping the coffee’s sustainability factor. 

Special beans to a special cup

The care that went into production manifests in the cup: the coffee underwent the rigorous tasting process by the Specialty Coffee Association. The tasters awarded the coffee a cupping score that exceeded 80 and, consequently, the right to be called Specialty Coffee. “The quality of the export batches is evaluated in a laboratory,” says coffee expert Andrej Godina, an authorised Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) trainer, “where at the end of the coffee harvest, all of the Slow Food coffees are tasted.” After sampling all the beans produced by the community, only the best beans are selected – those with a score exceeding 80–for De’Longhi’s first Specialty Coffee. 

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How the Slow Food Coffee Coalition works

Coffee characterises the routines of millions. Still, it offers so much more than a morning pick-me-up, explains Emanuele Dughera, coordinator of the Slow Food Coffee Coalition. He encourages taking a greater interest in where our coffee comes from. Dughera believes the first thing to do is keep in mind who produced the coffee and where: “It’s an agricultural product processed by many hands, and the first hands are the producers.” 

The Slow Food Coffee Coalition provides producers with the tools to establish a Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) initiative to identify good, clean, and fair coffee. A PGS is an alternative certification model whereby producers and other stakeholders share a set of commonly-defined standards and norms, common procedures, a coordinating body, a common logo, and defined consequences for non-compliance. 

In November 2021, the Slow Food Community “Las Capucas Sustainable Coffee Village” kicked off the PGS initiative and formed the Ethical Committee. The group signed the good, clean, and fair guidelines and agreed to the PGS pledge. 

Sustainability is a step-by-step journey that needs teamwork

De’Longhi is on a journey to do just that–transform its products and operations for the better and become more sustainable in the process. But it’s more than just a commitment to better quality coffee; it’s about respecting the beans, where they come from, and the dedicated farmers and reputable roasters who make it possible.

This journey reflects De’Longhi’s commitment to empowering coffee lovers to make responsible coffee choices as well as to building sustainability in the coffee industry. As part of its goal, De’Longhi partners with organisations that can help address urgent industry challenges like Slow Food a global movement that’s active in 160 countries and provides access to good, clean, and fair food for all. Together with SFCC, De’Longhi provides with the new Honduras Specialty Coffee beans an appropriate starting point for implementing change by drinking clean, responsible coffee at home. Would you like to taste a sip of change?

Anyone can join the Slow Food Coffee Coalition. Protecting our planet and supporting sustainable farming systems comes through small gestures, like good coffee. Sign the Manifesto and receive the monthly newsletter to discover more stories from the network, put a face to the producers, and stay up-to-date on news and events.
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