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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 27, 2022

Land leasing in Kenyan coffee production

July 20, 2022

A guide to coffee production in Saudi Arabia

July 19, 2022

Simplifying green coffee grading

July 18, 2022

A guide to the coffee sector in Côte d’Ivoire

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

July 27, 2022

Land leasing in Kenyan coffee production

It’s no secret that the Kenyan coffee industry faces a number of challenges – including…

July 4, 2022

Understanding land succession in Kenyan coffee production

Kenya is Africa’s fifth-largest coffee producer and is renowned for its high-quality arabica production. This…

May 24, 2022

Is it possible to get good quality coffee from unripe cherries?

Growing high-quality coffee is not easy. It requires a lot of dedication from the producer,…

May 30, 2022

How are Kenyan coffee washing stations operated?

Processing is one of the most important stages in the coffee supply chain. There are…

May 10, 2022

Exploring the micro mill model in the coffee sector

Milling is one of the most important post-harvest steps in coffee production. It involves removing…

March 31, 2022

What is koji fermented coffee?

Processing is a stage in coffee production which is necessary to prepare the beans for…

June 8, 2022

Can agroforestry help to secure the future of the coffee industry?

The International Coffee Organisation’s April 2022 report estimates that global coffee consumption will exceed production…

April 13, 2022

What is Laurina coffee?

Around the world, many consumers prefer to drink coffee which contains less caffeine. For some,…

August 16, 2021

Introducing climate-resilient coffee hybrids in Vietnam

The USDA’s Coffee: World Markets and Trade report, published in June 2021, predicts that global…

April 4, 2022

How long does green coffee stay fresh for?

How green coffee is stored is key to cup quality. Good storage maintains the cup…

October 26, 2021

Can you freeze green coffee?

Green coffee beans are sensitive to a number of external factors, such as moisture and…

January 28, 2021

Exploring post-harvest practices & their relationship with coffee quality

The price of coffee is determined by the C market, which is based on supply…

March 14, 2022

What is past crop coffee & how can you use it?

For specialty coffee roasters, there is plenty of excitement associated with the arrival of fresh…

March 10, 2022

Civil war in Ethiopia: How is the situation affecting the coffee sector?

For over a year now, the conflict in Ethiopia has been devastating, and has affected…

January 13, 2022

Why does Ecuador import so much coffee?

Ecuador is the 20th largest coffee producer in the world, but its coffee imports actually…

July 20, 2022

A guide to coffee production in Saudi Arabia

Although Saudi Arabia has been growing coffee for the past few centuries, it is by…

July 18, 2022

A guide to the coffee sector in Côte d’Ivoire

The Republic of Cote d'Ivoire (also commonly known by its English name, the Ivory Coast)…

June 13, 2022

A guide to South Sudan’s coffee sector

Despite its long history, South Sudan only became independent in 2011 – making it the…

February 23, 2022

Coffee job roles: What is a green coffee buyer?

There are a number of roles in the industry that involve sourcing green coffee beans…

February 14, 2022

How can roasters control quality when sourcing coffee?

Quality is rightly a growing priority for coffee drinkers around the world, and consequently for…

February 2, 2022

Why are coffee farmers being sued over defaults on contracts?

Contracts are essential for building long-term sustainable relationships in the coffee industry. By using them,…

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…

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…

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.…