Cup of Excellence and Alliance for Coffee Excellence team up with Comandante

ACE Executive Director

The nonprofits Cup of Excellence (CoE) and Alliance for Coffee Excellence (ACE) have formed a partnership with Germany-based Comandante which will extend to CoE competition equipment, farmer rewards, product collaborations, ACE membership benefits, and Sensory Education Training (SET).

“ACE, CoE, and Comandante are all essentially working towards the same goal, boosting the global access to and appreciation of coffee quality,” says Co-Founder and Senior Vice President of Comandante Grinder Technologies, Raphael Braune.

“Our connection actually goes way back and CoE was one of the reasons why we founded Comandante.”

Braune says in Comandante’s early days as specialty coffee roasters – judging, roasting, and selling COE coffees – the best grinders were too big and expensive for the typical home user.

So he decided to make these coffees and their full potential more accessible, by designing and building its own burrs and grinders.

“Along with ACE and CoE, we are set on pushing the reach of great coffee further and providing the means and tools to empower more people to produce, roast, and brew it,” he says.

Managing Director, Marketing and Membership for ACE & CoE, Anna Abatzoglou says the company is excited to work with the Comandante team for many years to come.

“A driving force for our organisations is to advance excellence in coffee and in doing so, team up with organisations like Comandante who are similarly aligned in purpose,” Abatzoglou says.

“With their established background in both coffee and engineering, bringing world-class products to the market, they have been a game-changer in our coffee industry.”

Known for their hand grinders and burr-technology, Comandante will soon release additional products, including an innovative new bean tray design.

An official ACE bean tray and Cup of Excellence edition grinder are also in the works.

ACE members and CoE partner country organisations will enjoy discounts on the bean trays as part of this partnership.

Comandante will provide the top three winners of each CoE competition with a CoE edition trophy grinder.

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