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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

December 24, 2020

How did Colombia become so famous for its coffee?

Today, Colombia is the third-biggest coffee producing country in the world, behind only Brazil and Vietnam. Ask anybody that you meet where coffee grows, and...

December 7, 2020

How Has Covid-19 Affected Ethiopian Coffee?

The impact of Covid-19 on the coffee supply chain has been well-documented. Alongside café closures, roasters have experienced a dip in wholesale and coffee producers...

December 3, 2020

Scaling Coffee Production In The DRC

Like every aspect of life in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, coffee production has suffered from decades of armed conflict and political instability. In...

December 1, 2020

Roasting Coffee At Origin

The coffee supply chain is long and complex, and one of its greatest criticisms is that value is traditionally added beyond the producing country. As...

October 22, 2020

Coffee Farming And Unexploded Ordnance In Laos

While many of us associate unexploded ordnance (“leftover” bombs and shells from conflict which have not detonated) with wars that have long since finished, for...

October 16, 2020

Addressing Colonial Inequalities In The Coffee Sector

Coffee has come a long way since it was shipped around the world by European colonial powers centuries ago. However, while these colonial empires are...

September 29, 2020

Collaboration In The Coffee Supply Chain In Latin America

We all know that 2020 has been an eventful year for the coffee industry. Logistical issues and widespread café closures – as a result of...

September 9, 2020

How Do We Increase Coffee Consumption In Producing Countries?

It’s widely acknowledged that increasing coffee consumption in coffee producing countries is positive. This is because it creates a more stable coffee industry that is...

June 23, 2020

How The World’s Leading Coffee Producer Is Dealing With COVID-19

COVID-19 related restrictions have impacted the world’s coffee production and exportation efforts. Despite this, Brazil 2020’s harvest is set to reach a historical high of...

June 9, 2020

Producer Perspectives on Farmgate Prices & Technology

Increased coffee supply chain transparency could help farmers secure better coffee prices. However, few transparency efforts extend back to this group, which means that once...

June 3, 2020

Why Food Security Is a Coffee Industry Issue

Producers are amongst the most vulnerable members of the coffee supply chain. Many are already contending against inconsistent and insufficient incomes, which is why in...

May 20, 2020

Will COVID-19 Mobilize Producers to Roast Their Own Coffee?

2020’s COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the international coffee production industry, bringing about challenges ranging from dwindling consumer consumption (due to lockdowns closing coffee shops) to...

May 6, 2020

Why Is Green Coffee Illegally Smuggled Across Borders?

Every hour, thousands of kilograms of coffee are bought, sold, and transported around the globe. While most of this coffee will depart from producers and...

January 7, 2020

Tackling The Challenges of Trading Coffee in East Africa

In East Africa, over five million people are either coffee growers or work in the coffee sector. It is the birthplace of coffee and home...

November 9, 2017

Why Specialty Coffee Shops Are Succeeding in Laos

Before the peace of the morning evaporates to the chaos of tuk-tuks, motorbikes, and cars, Laotians sit on plastic stools to enjoy a coffee. The...

February 14, 2017

Should Cafés in Producing Countries Serve Other Nations’ Coffees?

What’s the best thing about specialty coffee? Forget the elegant brewing methods, the creative designs, or the sensational skills of pro baristas. It’s the opportunity...