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April 20, 2021

An early history of the C market: Exchanges and derivatives through history

March 24, 2021

Why do East Asian buyers often pay record-breaking prices for auction winning coffee lots?

February 4, 2021

What is the Nairobi Coffee Exchange?

January 19, 2021

Exploring Kenyan Coffee: What Is A “Coffee Marketing Agent”?

January 13, 2021

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

June 17, 2021

What would happen if coffee became more expensive?

How much would you pay for a cup of coffee?  If a filter coffee cost the same as a glass of whiskey, would you drink it as often? If a bag of coffee cost twice as much as it does now, would you still go through one a week? Would you be willing to spend less on other things to be able to afford coffee? In economics, how purchasing behaviour… read more

How much would you pay for a cup of coffee?  If a filter coffee cost the same as a glass of whiskey, would you drink it as often? If a bag of coffee cost twice as much as it does… read more

June 17, 2021

What would happen if coffee became more expensive?

How much would you pay for a cup of coffee?  If a filter coffee cost the same as a glass of whiskey, would you drink...

April 20, 2021

An early history of the C market: Exchanges and derivatives through history

In recent years, the coffee sector has rightly recognised sustainability as a key priority. However, for anybody who wants to be a part of making...

March 24, 2021

Why do East Asian buyers often pay record-breaking prices for auction winning coffee lots?

Buying behaviour varies in different coffee markets around the world. Buyers from each country will look at a range of factors when sourcing coffee to...

February 4, 2021

What is the Nairobi Coffee Exchange?

The Nairobi Coffee Exchange (NCE) manages the auction of all coffee produced in Kenya. It’s managed by the country’s Exchange Management Committee, and regulated by...

January 19, 2021

Exploring Kenyan Coffee: What Is A “Coffee Marketing Agent”?

Mention the words “marketing agent” to a coffee producer in Kenya, and the reaction you get will vary massively. To some, marketing agents are responsible...

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...

August 4, 2020

How Can Coffee Traders Raise Brand Awareness?

The Ethiopian Exporter’s Association represents almost 100 green coffee exporters. The question is: how many of them can you name?  Exporters and importers invest millions...

June 16, 2020

Overcoming Logistical Hurdles to Strengthening Direct Trade Relationships

Direct trade establishes direct, mutually beneficial relationships between roasters and producers, cutting out all or some of the middlemen usually involved in the coffee supply...

May 27, 2020

Why Producers Grow Expensive Coffees – And Why Roasters Buy Them

Occasionally, a specialty coffee lot makes headlines for the record-breaking prices it’s fetched at an auction or private sale. These hyper-expensive coffees are usually award-winning...

May 18, 2020

COVID-19 & The Coffee Trade: Exploring The Short- & Long-Term Impact

Containers, cash flow, and congestion: COVID-19 is causing unprecedented chaos in the coffee industry. Lee este artículo en español COVID-19 & The Coffee Trade: Exploring...

April 17, 2020

How Does Exchange Rate Fluctuation Affect Coffee Producers?

Last week, a coffee farmer received $1.10/lb, and they were happy. But today, they receive $1.15/lb and they’re disappointed. Why? There are many reasons that...

April 14, 2020

COVID-19: What Coffee Farmers Want You to Know

It’s only been a few months since COVID-19 was first officially identified. Since then it’s rapidly spread around the world, changing the way that millions...

April 13, 2020

How to Protect Coffee Quality During Sea Transit

Sea transportation is one of the riskiest moments in coffee’s route from farm to roastery. The beans spend days in a container exposed to high...

April 9, 2020

Coffee Pricing: Why We Need to Know Farmgate And Not Just FOB

What did the farmer who grew your coffee get paid?  Finding an answer to this simple question is challenging. So challenging, in fact, that most...

March 26, 2020

A Beginner’s Guide to Cupping Coffee & Improving Your Palate

Cupping is the industry standard for coffee quality evaluations, and a great way to learn more about coffee whether you’re a consumer, roaster, trader, or...