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Recent Articles

March 10, 2022

Civil war in Ethiopia: How is the situation affecting the coffee sector?

January 13, 2022

Why does Ecuador import so much coffee?

December 16, 2021

Breaking down logistical challenges in the coffee sector

December 14, 2021

How does the price of coffee affect availability and supply?

November 25, 2021

Why is it getting more expensive to ship coffee?

March 14, 2022

What is past crop coffee & how can you use it?

For specialty coffee roasters, there is plenty of excitement associated with the arrival of fresh green coffee landing, and for good reason. When roasted properly, in-season green coffee can have vibrant, delicious flavours. However, while it doesn’t degrade at anywhere near the same timeframe as roasted coffee, green coffee does lose quality as time wears on. This is why storing it properly is important, as it makes sure roasters can… read more

For specialty coffee roasters, there is plenty of excitement associated with the arrival of fresh green coffee landing, and for good reason. When roasted properly, in-season green coffee can have vibrant, delicious flavours. However, while it doesn’t degrade at anywhere… read more

March 14, 2022

What is past crop coffee & how can you use it?

For specialty coffee roasters, there is plenty of excitement associated with the arrival of fresh green coffee landing, and for good reason. When roasted properly,...

March 10, 2022

Civil war in Ethiopia: How is the situation affecting the coffee sector?

For over a year now, the conflict in Ethiopia has been devastating, and has affected millions. Across the country, people have been displaced, reported as...

January 13, 2022

Why does Ecuador import so much coffee?

Ecuador is the 20th largest coffee producer in the world, but its coffee imports actually outstrip its production figures by some way. In the 2018/19...

December 16, 2021

Breaking down logistical challenges in the coffee sector

The logistics of the international coffee sector have always been difficult to negotiate, but over the last couple of years, some of these challenges have...

December 14, 2021

How does the price of coffee affect availability and supply?

If you were in a business that suddenly became 10 times more profitable overnight, how would you react?  You would probably stay in the business,...

November 25, 2021

Why is it getting more expensive to ship coffee?

It’s estimated that around 90% of global goods are transported by sea at some point. Over half of these goods – including, fruit, vegetables, and...

June 29, 2021

Global or local? Exploring the future of Indonesian coffee production

We know how price fluctuation, volatility, and uncertainty in the global coffee market can put farmers at risk. Coffee farmers are often “price takers” who have...

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...