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...

August 19, 2020

Greek Coffee Culture: A Story Of Tradition And Renewal

In Greece, coffee is a way of life. Greek coffee culture has an important role in both public and private society. From tradition and ibrik...

February 19, 2020

How Roasters & Producers Can Improve Green Bean Sampling

As a green coffee buyer, you’ll know that samples allow you to discover the qualities of a certain coffee batch, so you can assess whether...

February 18, 2020

The Emerging Specialty Coffee Origins to Pay Attention To

The global coffee market is constantly evolving. While coffee production is currently dominated by a select group of countries, sourcing coffee from emerging regions might...

January 7, 2020

Tackling The Challenges of Trading Coffee in East Africa

In East Africa, over five million people are either coffee growers or work in the coffee sector. It is the birthplace of coffee and home...

November 7, 2019

How Coffee Producers Can Adapt to Climate Change

Recent public protests on global warming have focused the world’s attention on its climate crisis. Experts believe that the consequences of climate change are –...

November 4, 2019

Ethiopian Coffee: A Roaster’s Guide

Ethiopian specialty grade coffee beans may be some of the finest you’ll ever roast, but they are also some of the ficklest. To start with,...

September 25, 2019

Yirgacheffe, Sidamo, & More: A Guide to Ethiopian Coffee

Widely acknowledged as the birthplace of coffee, Ethiopia is highly respected in the specialty coffee industry. Beans from this nation are a staple on coffee...

September 4, 2019

Fine Robusta & New Markets: Exploring Ghana’s Coffee Industry

Have you seen Ghanaian coffee listed on your local coffee shop’s menu? Probably not. While other African countries, including Ethiopia, Kenya, and Tanzania, have gained...