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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

July 6, 2016

What Can We Learn From The Bangkok & Manila Coffee Industries?

If you could drink local specialty coffee, would you? Of course you would. But what if cafés just didn’t think it was economically feasible? The...

January 22, 2016

Barista Champion J. Zhang: Reinventing Specialty Coffee in China

China’s coffee landscape has changed dramatically in the last fifteen years, but it’s not finished changing yet – particularly if 2014 China Barista Champion Jeremy...

December 31, 2015

WBC Alejandro Mendez: How to Promote Specialty Coffee in El Salvador

In 2011, at only 23 years old, Salvadoran Alejandro Mendez won one of the most coveted titles in the coffee world: World Barista Champion. Yet...

December 7, 2015

Time to Slow Down and Rediscover Vietnamese Coffee?

Sometimes you make unexpected discoveries that change the course of your life. For me, that discovery was Vietnamese coffee. My main job in Vietnam was...

October 27, 2015

Third Wave to The Rescue in The Philippines

When you step foot into a coffee shop, you’ll see beans for sale from all over the world – but stop and think for a...

August 25, 2015

Colonial Coffee vs. Traditional Rice Water: Is India Ready for Specialty?

I want you to think of a popular hot drink in India. Go ahead and take a minute if you need to. What drink came...

June 24, 2015

Why Is Ecuadorian Coffee Selling Better Labelled as Italian?

Traviesa Café: Delectable Tranquility I’m sitting in Traviesa Cafe with the owner, Felipe Cisneros. It’s a quiet little place, minimalist, notable primarily for the large...

June 12, 2015

The History & Legend of Ethiopian Coffee & the Story Behind Misty Valley

Kaldi: The Ethiopian Legend Who Discovered Coffee Ethiopia is widely considered the birthplace of coffee. Many experts say that Ethiopia is the only place that...