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14 STiR tea & coffee industry international / Issue 3, 2015 (June/July) EQUIPMENT NEWS Digital Home Coffee Roaster Ikawa has introduced a digital micro roaster as part of a program to assist coffee farmers. A limited number of the roasters are currently featured on Kickstarter where the company has generated almost $200,000 in donations to begin mass produc- tion of the device. Users select recipes on their smartphone, drop the beans into the roaster and in 3 to 10 minutes remove the coffee. Recipes can be adjusted for a perfect roast for espresso, drip, pour-over, and press pot coffee. "Selling green coffee simplifies the supply chain," according to founders Andrew Stordy and Rombout Frieling. Ikawa promises to re-invest 10% of the revenue back into projects that help famers produce better quality and earn more money. The firm will work with Caf├ędirect Producers' Foundation (CPF) in Africa and Latin America to develop direct lines of supply. CPF will also deliver roasting machines donated to smallholders. The roaster stands a foot tall and is 9.5 inches deep. It operates on 120 volts and will sell for around $700. Learn more: Drip Bag Packaging Machine FUSO International has introduced a new line of drip bag making ma- chines. These machines make single cup cardboard and filter brewers to steep tea or let consumers do a pour-over coffee in their mug. FUSO's model FPG-MT creates a drip bag or a drip bag with overwrap. The overwrap can be sealed in nitrogen for a long shelf life. This new model is capable of producing 4,800 bags per hour, according to Norihito Ito, who presented the machine at the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) and World Tea Expo. The machine features touch screen controls and can handle several types of packing materials including comic cutouts, VFR and Pachit style drip bags. Operating at 80 bags per minute the machine produces a 60mm, 80mm, or 100mm inner bag in a maximum 110 mm overwrap with three-side sealing and ultrasonic cut. Learn more: www. World Tea Brewers Cup Huang Jianhua from Taiwan is the winner of the inaugural China National Tea Brewers Cup competition. Twenty-five tea sommeliers particiated in three rounds of competition during the three-day event that ended May 8, according to head judge Nathan Wakeford, managing director of Somage Fine Foods. "The competition is a protracted war both physically and mentally," said the victorius Jianhua, 36, who received $1,000. "I'd like to thank the competition for it gives me an opportunity to view Chinese tea culture from a higher perspective, it also helps me to realize about the improve- ment room for the industry and how I should sustain continuous learning," he said after receiving the Brita Cup WTBC trophy. Wei Chuwei from Guizhou took second and Gu Zongquan from Tianjin won third. The event at the Shangai New International Expo Center was sponsored by Cafe Culture, SIAL China and the World Tea Champi- onship. Learn more: Water Wise Coffee In some areas of the world, the wet milling process of extracting beans from the coffee cherries produces organic waste that can pollute local water supplies. The Water Wise Coffee program financed by Mother Parkers Tea & Coffee is a non-profit established to help mill owners naturally filter water by using sustainable vetiver grass. "In just 24 months, independent test results on the areas that have been treated by the program have shown dramatic improvement in water quality and living conditions for the people who depend on the rivers for their water supply," according to the company. Twenty-six wet mills now have grass wetlands and Mother Parkers is committed to converting all 220 accessible wet mills in the Sidama coffee region by 2020. Mother Parkers announced it will match up to $100,000 in public donations, in addition to its multi-year funding commitment. Learn more: WTBC winner Huang Jianhua Ikawa home roaster FPG-MT

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