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February 6, 2023

What's the difference between coffee estates and coffee co-operatives?

December 13, 2022

How can producers use green coffee to barter for other goods and services?

November 16, 2022

Women in East African coffee production

October 13, 2022

Why are people calling for reform in Kenyan coffee production?

October 12, 2022

Understanding Indonesian robusta coffee production

March 6, 2023

How can El Salvador leverage Pacamara coffee like Panama leveraged Gesha?

El Salvador is the smallest country in Central America, spanning some 21,000km2. However, the country cultivates some of the most sought-after coffee varieties in the world. Among these is Pacamara – a variety with potential for excellent quality. To add to this, El Salvador also boasts unique microclimates and terroir which contribute to the production of high-quality coffee. As a result, at the 2022 Cup of Excellence (CoE) El Salvador… read more

El Salvador is the smallest country in Central America, spanning some 21,000km2. However, the country cultivates some of the most sought-after coffee varieties in the world. Among these is Pacamara – a variety with potential for excellent quality. To add… read more

October 22, 2020

Coffee & Unexploded Ordnance In Laos

Many of us associate unexploded ordnance (“leftover” explosives from conflict which have not detonated) with wars that have long since concluded. However, for many people...

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...

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...