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August 8, 2022

Understanding the co-operative model in Kenya's coffee sector

August 1, 2022

How can we improve access to finance for smallholder coffee farmers?

July 19, 2022

Simplifying green coffee grading

July 12, 2022

Understanding wild coffee farming

June 21, 2022

How can green coffee auctions be used to promote wider social initiatives?

August 9, 2022

Is there a difference between a coffee producer and a farmer? 

Coffee farmer, producer, grower, supplier – these are all terms used to describe farm-level supply chain actors. They can also be used to define the majority of people involved in the production, harvesting, and processing of coffee.  Over time, “producer” and “farmer” have become interchangeable, with most coffee professionals using both terms to describe people working on farms. But is there a difference between the two? If so, by conflating… read more

Coffee farmer, producer, grower, supplier – these are all terms used to describe farm-level supply chain actors. They can also be used to define the majority of people involved in the production, harvesting, and processing of coffee.  Over time, “producer”… read more

August 9, 2022

Is there a difference between a coffee producer and a farmer? 

Coffee farmer, producer, grower, supplier – these are all terms used to describe farm-level supply chain actors. They can also be used to define the...

August 8, 2022

Understanding the co-operative model in Kenya’s coffee sector

Historically, as many as 50% of Kenya’s coffee producers have worked with big estates or co-operatives at any given time. Across the country, these organisations...

August 1, 2022

How can we improve access to finance for smallholder coffee farmers?

Smallholder coffee farmers are responsible for between 70 and 80% of the world’s coffee supply. Despite meeting a tremendous global need, approximately 75% of them...

July 19, 2022

Simplifying green coffee grading

Preserving the quality of green coffee is an essential part of the supply chain. But in order to preserve it, we must first identify it....

July 12, 2022

Understanding wild coffee farming

Around the world, coffee has been cultivated on farms and estates for hundreds of years. Careful and well-planned farm management means that coffee can be...

June 21, 2022

How can green coffee auctions be used to promote wider social initiatives?

Green coffee auctions are a popular platform for buying and selling coffee around the world, as well as a means to connect producers to a...

June 9, 2022

Addressing deforestation in coffee production

Sustainability continues to be a major focus across the coffee industry, specifically in coffee production. Among the many environmental issues in the coffee sector is...

May 11, 2022

Exploring the nutraceutical properties of coffee

Coffee has long been renowned for its health benefits. For decades, research has shown that coffee can help to reduce the risk of developing major...

May 3, 2022

Exploring coffee consumption in Kenya

Kenya is the fifth-largest coffee producer in Africa. According to data from the International Coffee Organisation, the country produced approximately 775,000 60kg bags in 2020....

April 28, 2022

How can the coffee industry help to rehabilitate ex-offenders?

Across the world, it is sadly all too common for ex-offenders to reoffend and find themselves back in prison. In the US, over 76% of...

April 25, 2022

Learning more about Colombia’s indigenous coffee-producing communities

Indigenous communities are some of the most underrepresented and overlooked groups in the coffee industry. Yet the indigenous population of Colombia alone is estimated to...

April 6, 2022

How can digitalisation connect consumers to coffee farmers?

Digitalisation is increasingly becoming an area of focus for the global coffee industry.  For producers, it means improving how data is stored, as well as...

March 9, 2022

Comparing coffee & alcohol production

For centuries, humankind has worked to perfect the art of producing both coffee and alcohol. We already know that coffee production and winemaking share several...

February 8, 2022

Why did coffee producers use their own currency in the 19th century?

In recent years, we’ve seen a lot of discussion about “tokenising” coffee using blockchain technology. This would see the use of coffee tokens (“worth” a...

February 1, 2022

Driving educational programmes in coffee-growing communities

Around the world, green coffee buyers and roasters are increasingly looking for ways to support the communities they buy coffee from. One of the most...

January 25, 2022

Understanding coffee & direct trade in East Africa

The trade of coffee is a crucial step in the global supply chain. However, in many cases (specifically for smallholder farmers) coffee producers are “price...