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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?

October 30, 2020

What Is The Ethiopian Commodity Exchange?

August 4, 2020

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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 make sure they can meet the demands of their customers. Understandably, one of the most important factors is price. Some markets are naturally more price-sensitive than others. However, at coffee auctions, we sometimes see a phenomenon known as “premiumisation”. Premiumisation (not to be confused with… read more

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 make sure they can meet the demands of their customers. Understandably, one of the most… read more

September 30, 2019

Pricing Coffee: Why Do Yemeni Beans Cost More?

Yemeni coffees can make headlines for their prices. And understandably so: they often sell for upwards of US $60 per kilo green. But why does...

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...

June 27, 2019

Tracing Coffee’s Roots Back to Al-Mokha, Yemen

At one point in time, almost every coffee drank in Europe was from Yemen. Nowadays, Yemeni coffee exports account for less than 1% of global...

May 16, 2019

Understanding The Democratic Republic of Congo’s Coffee Industry

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is resource-rich but lacking stability and infrastructure due to years of civil wars. The nation once had a thriving...

April 19, 2019

How Colombian Coffee Producers Are Experimenting With Processing

Colombia is well-known for producing washed coffees with acidic and clean profiles. But this doesn’t mean that Colombian producers aren’t also open to experimentation in...

February 20, 2019

What’s It Like to Grow Coffee in The Galápagos Islands?

The Galápagos Islands are an archipelago of 21 islands around 1,000 km off the coast of Ecuador. Featuring exotic wildlife, breathtaking views, and a subtropical...

January 31, 2019

How Madagascan Deforestation Puts World Coffee At Risk

Madagascar has a breathtaking array of wildlife. Over 90% of the island’s reptiles, approximately 89% of its plants, and around 92% of its mammals exist...

January 17, 2019

Third Wave Meets Arabic Coffee in Kuwait

Coffee has long been part of the social fabric of Kuwaiti culture. For centuries, people have drunk traditional Arabic coffee to welcome people into their...

December 19, 2018

Understanding Specialty Coffee in The Philippines

The Philippines is a coffee-producing country. The nation’s varied topography and range of climates make it suitable for growing not just Robusta, but also Arabica,...

October 25, 2018

Understanding Single Origin, Single Farm & Micro/Nano Lot Coffee

Quality, traceability, direct trade, fairer prices, exotic profiles, experimental processing: these are just a few of the positive things associated with single origin and micro...

October 18, 2018

How Has The 2018 Sulawesi Disaster Affected Indonesian Coffee?

Indonesia is facing a long and difficult recovery from a devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit on September 28th, 2018. The Central Sulawesi province was...

October 9, 2018

Coffee Origins: The Distinct Acidity of San Marcos, Guatemala

Guatemala has a reputation for producing excellent coffees. This is one of the most climatically diverse regions in the world, with rich volcanic soil that...

October 4, 2018

Origin Spotlight: Exploring Ecuador’s Specialty Coffee

Welcome to Ecuador. This small country may not make the list of the world’s most-famous coffee-producing countries, yet head out of the cities to the...

September 21, 2018

Exploring Cuba’s Coffee Farms

Cuba, the country of cigars, politics, salsa… and coffee. Some of us may have enjoyed a sweet, heavy-bodied café cubano, but how many of us...

August 23, 2018

Exploring The 3 Waves of Coffee in Costa Rica

If I say “Costa Rica” and “coffee” to you, what images come to mind? Mountainous farms? Honey processed beans drying on raised beds? Delicious single...

July 13, 2018

Zimbabwean Coffee: Rising From The Ashes

Zimbabwe: this once flourishing country came to a halt 37 years ago. But today, after years of darkness, Zimbabwean coffee farmers are finally starting to...