August 9, 2022

Is there a difference between a coffee producer and a farmer? 

Coffee farmer, producer, grower, supplier – these are all terms used to describe farm-level supply chain actors. They can also be used to define the...

July 6, 2022

Is the coffee industry accessible for people with disabilities?

According to the World Health Organisation, around 15% of the global population (representing about 1 billion people) currently experience some form of disability. And with...

June 22, 2022

Are airlines starting to offer better coffee?

For many, a cup of coffee is a central part of the experience of air travel. In the lounge and on board the aircraft, it...

January 12, 2022

How can we make specialty coffee more accessible?

Across the board, specialty coffee is marketed as a superior product, in terms of its quality, sustainability, and the consumer experience.  However, in the past...

January 11, 2022

Does the World Barista Championship need to change?

The World Barista Championship (WBC) is a competition that promotes excellence in coffee and recognises the barista profession on an international scale. It is a...

December 21, 2021

WBC 2021: Reflecting on how coffee producing countries took centre stage

Earlier this year, the World Barista Championship (WBC) made headlines in more ways than one. After a 30-month hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it...

December 2, 2021

What is the fourth wave of coffee? Scalability, not science

The fourth wave of coffee remains an elusive concept in the industry. There are a range of definitions, all of which indicate change and evolution...

September 1, 2021

Growing sustainability in the coffee supply chain

In recent years, sustainability has become something of a buzzword. In some cases, it’s easy to argue that this has caused its meaning and weight...

July 12, 2021

Exploring Italian coffee culture and the third wave

For many, Italy brings to mind fashion, art, cinema, food, cars, motorcycles, and coffee. Italian coffee culture has a rich heritage, as the country was...

May 11, 2021

The evolution of the Coffee Taster’s Flavor Wheel

The Specialty Coffee Association (SCA)’s Coffee Taster’s Flavor Wheel is arguably one of the most iconic resources in the coffee industry. The poster adorns the...

May 6, 2021

CBD and coffee: Exploring a new market

Cannabidiol, or CBD for short, has slowly but surely slipped into the global market, a range of products, and our social media feeds. Experts now...

March 8, 2021

“Voices heard for the first time”: Women in coffee co-operatives

The coffee sector has traditionally been dominated by men. While a high percentage of the production workforce is female, women producers often have little agency...

March 2, 2021

“Coffee is part of the restaurant”: Exploring Slow Food philosophy in the coffee sector

We live in a world that is becoming increasingly automated and accelerated, and the way we eat and drink has not been spared. Takeaway food...

January 13, 2021

Direct Trade In Specialty Coffee: Is It An Effective Model?

Direct trade is a coffee trading model that offers the promise of a stronger value chain achieved by minimising the number of intermediaries. It is...

October 30, 2020

What Is The Ethiopian Commodity Exchange?

The Ethiopian Commodity Exchange (ECX) is a national multi-commodity exchange in Ethiopia through which most of the country’s coffee is traded. Since it was established...

October 16, 2020

Addressing Colonial Inequalities In The Coffee Sector

Coffee has come a long way since it was shipped around the world by European colonial powers centuries ago. However, while these colonial empires are...