Members and guests of the Greater Houston Coffee Association enjoyed networking and a tour of the port of Houston aboard the M/V Sam Houston on April 25, 2018. The tour left from San Jacinto Battleground, just a few hundred feet from the Battleship Texas, and made its way to Barbours Cut Container Terminal. Barbours Cut, the older of the two Port Houston container terminals, celebrated its 40th anniversary last year. GHCA president and Port Houston trade development manager Ricardo Arias narrated the tour, highlighting the history of the port and its container trade.
Ethiopian coffee exports showed an upswing of 21.78% over the past fiscal year, according to the country’s Coffee and Tea Development and Marketing Authority. The Ethiopian Herald reported that 137,417.28 tons of cereal coffee was exported from July 2017 to February 2018, and the nation has been able to generate $481.86 million USD. Deputy Director of the Authority and Marketing Head, Sahi Umer, said The Authority has steadily created different opportunities following reforms in 2016 for farmers, suppliers, exporters, and industries that led to improved export performance. Ethiopian coffee represents about 1% of coffee imports through the port of Houston.
The Coffee Car Mark 2 recently became the world’s fastest coffee-powered vehicle. The coffee car achieved a top speed of 65 m.p.h. in the presence of a Guinness adjudicator at Woodford Airfield in Manchester, England, on February 19, successfully breaking a previous world record. The Mark 2 is a Ford truck converted by enthusiast Martin Bacon. Bacon and his team are now touring the vehicle in the U.K., promoting the British fair-trade brand, Co-operative Food.