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Recent Articles

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

January 19, 2022

Exploring biodynamic coffee production

The effects of climate change are becoming increasingly pressing for coffee farmers. Some estimates suggest that by 2050, up to 40% of the agricultural area...

November 29, 2021

Environmentally sustainable coffee production & profitability

In today’s coffee sector, the word “sustainable” is being used with increasing frequency. More than ever, brands and businesses are realising the social, economic, and...

November 8, 2021

Why is green coffee traded between producing countries?

Generally speaking, coffee producing countries aim to export to major consuming countries and increase international demand. This often supports coffee farmers to obtain better prices...

October 6, 2021

Infused coffees: Answering some common questions

A few weeks ago, we published an article on infused coffees in partnership with Saša Šestić, which received a huge number of responses and questions...

September 22, 2021

Understanding “100% Colombian Coffee” & why it has been so successful

Colombia is recognised globally as one of the world’s leading producers of good quality coffee. The local coffee sector has flourished for decades, thanks in...

September 14, 2021

Analysing the impact of the Colombian civil unrest on the country’s coffee sector

Earlier this year, Colombia was rocked by waves of protests, the likes of which the country hasn’t experienced in recent memory. It began with a...

August 23, 2021

What’s the problem with infused coffees?

Traditionally, coffee has been processed using three methods: washed processing, natural processing, and honey processing. In recent years, however, we’ve seen the emergence of some...

July 29, 2021

Why is frost in Brazil causing global coffee prices to increase?

On 1 July, frost was reported in some Brazilian coffee-producing areas – not an uncommon occurrence from June to August in the southern parts of...

May 27, 2021

Can we use biochemical analysis to predict coffee quality?

Across the coffee supply chain, quality is a key issue for a range of different stakeholders. Farmers often receive higher prices for better quality coffees,...

April 29, 2021

Gender equity in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s coffee sector

A little over two years ago, the World Economic Forum’s 2018 Global Gender Gap Report found the gap in economic opportunity to be widening, closing...

April 8, 2021

Exploring geographical indication in coffee

Around the world, there are certain food and beverage products that are protected by a geographical indication (GI). This means that they are defined by...

March 8, 2021

“Voices heard for the first time”: Women in coffee co-operatives

The coffee sector has traditionally been dominated by men. While a high percentage of the production workforce is female, women producers often have little agency...

February 23, 2021

“Nyumba Kumi Kahawa”: The initiative rejuvenating coffee production in Kenya

Kenya has been a major global coffee producer for more than 100 years. Although the crop was only introduced to the country in the late...

February 3, 2021

Driving entrepreneurship in coffee producing communities

Coffee farms are a business. Just like any other business, they function in terms of revenue, costs, profit, and investment. Despite this, around the world,...

January 6, 2021

Coffee & Khat: How Are They Related?

Coffee has long since been associated with Ethiopia and Yemen, but there is another cash crop that is just as prevalent in Africa and the...

January 5, 2021

Exploring coffee consumption in Uganda

In 2019, Uganda was the eighth-largest coffee producer in the world, ahead of Guatemala (10th), Nicaragua (12th), and Kenya (16th). Coffee is the country’s top-earning...