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What is the single stem system & how does it affect coffee production?

While increased yields are always beneficial for coffee farmers, it’s not a case of growth by any means necessary – farmers also want to increase quality and minimise the cost of production as much as possible.  Over the centuries, many innovative ideas have been rolled out in order to achieve this extra productivity, all with varying degrees of success. One of the more recent and most successful of these innovations… read more

While increased yields are always beneficial for coffee farmers, it’s not a case of growth by any means necessary – farmers also want to increase quality and minimise the cost of production as much as possible.  Over the centuries, many… read more

October 12, 2016

Opinion: Coffee Farming Communities Need More Than Direct Trade

Quick, what’s the most pressing issue for smallholder farmers in coffee-producing countries? Is it access to healthcare, educational opportunities, or credit? Could it be legal...

September 7, 2016

Under the Microscope: What Does a Coffee Importer Do?

Importers are the bridge between the two ends of the coffee spectrum. They connect farmers with roasters. They find interesting lots of coffee, set up...

September 1, 2016

Producer Interview: Direct Trade Is a Two-Way Street

Chalo Fernandez would like to know how you’re enjoying your cold brew on this warm summer day. A fifth-generation coffee farmer who’s turned his family’s...

August 5, 2016

How Myanmar’s Coffee Trade Is Dictated by Infrastructure

The light went out. I checked to see if the bulb had blown, but no, it was an outage. At 8:00 pm, I received a...

July 28, 2016

How Micro Mills Help Producers to Have Economic Independence

The drive for social and economic justice for coffee producers has been growing steadily over the last decade, yet we still have a lot to...

June 30, 2016

Interview: Why 1 Roastery Invests in Rwandan Cooperatives

Rwanda, the land of a thousand hills and incredible coffee. Yet not all is beautiful in this East African country. According to The World Bank,...

June 22, 2016

What Effect Does The C Market Have on Small Coffee Farmers?

In most markets, the smaller businesses are the most vulnerable. Coffee is no exception to this. Fairtrade calculates that 80% of the world’s coffee is...

June 13, 2016

Under The Microscope: What Does a Coffee Exporter Do?

Coffee exporters play a crucial role in the coffee supply chain, and yet we hear so little about them. So we spoke to Diana Acosta,...

June 10, 2016

Direct Trade and the Ethiopian Commodities Exchange: What’s the Problem?

98% of the coffee exported out of Ethiopia goes through the Ethiopian Commodities Exchange (ECX), so to say it’s important is a massive understatement. But...

June 8, 2016

An Unstable Market: Economics of Global Coffee Price

“Why does the price they pay us change?” I was stood in front of 50 farmers in an un-airconditioned one-room K-12 schoolhouse in Espinal, Tolima,...

February 16, 2016

Relationship Coffee: What Makes Sasa Sestic’s ‘Best Of’ Auctions Special?

It is by no means an exaggeration to dub the Cup of Excellence (COE) awards “the Oscars of the coffee world”. Yet is there room...

January 19, 2016

What Is Coffee? A Basic Explanation From Seed to Cup

We consume over 2.25 billion cups of coffee all around the globe, every single day. An estimated two-thirds of U.S. Americans drink a cup of...