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June 29, 2021

Global or local? Exploring the future of Indonesian coffee production

June 17, 2021

What would happen if coffee became more expensive?

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?

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 coffee – are shipped in large stainless steel containers on cargo ships. Market analysts predicted that approximately 5.2 million containers (otherwise referred to as twenty-foot equivalent units, or TEUS) would be manufactured in 2021. However, in spite of this, there have been mounting reports of… read more

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 coffee – are shipped in large stainless steel containers on cargo ships. Market analysts predicted… read more

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...

March 25, 2020

Coffee Origins: A Guide to Mexico

On small, mountainous farms run mainly by indigenous producers, you’ll find an often-overlooked gem growing strong: Mexican coffee. When people list famous coffee origins, Mexico...

March 20, 2020

Closing The Knowledge Gap Between Specialty Café & Farm

Your café offers customers coffee that you’ve carefully selected from various origins. Whether you roast it yourself or source it from a roaster, you’ve chosen...

March 19, 2020

What’s Keeping Producing Countries From Growing Coffee Consumption?

Increasing the volume of internal consumption is something all producing countries can benefit from. However, many of these countries also face several significant barriers, ranging...

March 18, 2020

The Importance of Growing Consumption in Producing Countries

Countries like Brazil, Colombia, and Guatemala are known for producing quality specialty coffees, sustaining local industries that employ millions and contributing to the economy. Despite...

March 6, 2020

Exploring The History of Honduran Coffee Production

Honduras is a prolific coffee-producing country, ranking fifth globally in terms of coffee production, in addition to being the largest producer in Central America and...

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...

February 12, 2020

Blockchain & Coffee: Separating The Marketing From The Reality

Blockchain. Bitcoin. Supply chains. These are some of the many buzzwords passing across people’s lips, often interspersed with the adjectives “revolutionary” and “game-changing”.  Frankly, it...

February 7, 2020

How Local Coffee Groups Drive Change in Chile, Mexico, & Peru

Every country has a coffee scene that is uniquely shaped by the people that live in it, as well as their preferences. This means that...

January 29, 2020

What to Consider When Developing a Sourcing Program

Developing an authentic green bean sourcing program will require you to consider several factors you might not have considered before.  For starters, you’ll have a...

January 23, 2020

Speakers & Schedule Announced For Producer & Roaster Forum 2020

The months are ticking down until the fourth edition of the Producer & Roaster Forum (PRF), held in Copán, Honduras on the 26th and 27th...

December 6, 2019

PRF 2020 Producer Scholarships Seek to Improve on 2019

Across the world, conferences are constantly held on topics relevant to the coffee supply chain and its members. However, smallholder producers are usually missing from...

November 15, 2019

A Guide to Peru’s Coffee-Producing Regional Profiles

Peru is rich in diversity. From the Amazon jungle to golden beaches, from the soaring Andes mountain range to one of South America’s largest lakes,...

November 14, 2019

A Coffee Producer’s Guide to Negotiating

Coffee producers have long sat on the sidelines when negotiating with buyers, roasters, and exporters. However, times are changing.  With a drop in international coffee...