Asean coffee institute to open in Singapore

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By the end of 2021, the Singapore Coffee Association (SCA) will collaborate with the Asean Coffee Federation (ACF) to build an Asean Coffee Institute in Singapore.
According to the SCA, the institute will teach and certify baristas and provide certified coffee grading programmes. It will also launch the Asean Coffee Excellence Program to establish an Asean standard for grading speciality coffee.
The institute will serve as a resource for nations looking to upskill and broaden their career opportunities in the coffee sector. This is part of the SCA’s plan to make Singapore a major regional trade Centre for speciality coffee. It aims to quadruple Singapore’s coffee sector, which is now worth more than $270 million, in the following years.
At the Singapore Speciality Coffee (Micro-Lot) Auction 2021 at the Marina Bay Sands on Tuesday, SCA president Victor Mah, who is also the president of ACF, explained the intentions (July 13). Speciality coffee from 15 nations was available for bidding at the auction chosen by Asean coffee graders.
In 2020, the worldwide coffee industry was estimated to be worth US$102 billion (S$138 billion), with speciality coffee accounting for over a third of the total. By 2025, the value of speciality coffee is expected to more than double to over US$80 million.
SCA organised Singapore’s largest coffee conference with major partner Bank Indonesia as a precursor to the auction, which featured speakers from Indonesia, Colombia, China, and Japan who offered their experience and information on their respective markets.
There were 110 in-person guests and 869 virtual attendees from eleven nations and regions at the coffee convention.

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