The third wave of coffee was born out of an appreciation for improving quality, transparency, and traceability across the supply chain. As such, paying more for coffee quickly became one of the market’s core principles. But what happens as specialty coffee enters the fourth wave, widely accepted as the commercialisation of the sector?
Colombian coffee has experienced a sustained period of high prices. Roasters and importers started sourcing from elsewhere, which has caused something of a seachange even as Colombian prices settle.
After a sustained period of low sales in Australia, Starbucks finally turned a profit in the region in November 2023. So, what changed?
In many regions around the world, coffee farming has been entangled with communities for centuries. Rather than neglecting this fact, recognising it could benefit the coffee industry.
"Direct trade" is a founding principle of specialty coffee. However, as many across the sector hailed it, supply chain intermediaries have received widespread criticism
Multinationals strengthen their grip over the coffee industry as acquisitions continue across the board. Meanwhile, historic European coffee brands like Lavazza and Illy continue to chug along seemingly unperturbed. But what's the dynamic between the two?
Coffee production may be fuelling Ethiopia's civil war – as the government uses it to bank more US dollars to buy foreign arms
Despite the C price fluctuating over the last few years – with some comparatively significant highs – many smallholder coffee farmers didn’t see a rise in earnings. As such, it's become clear that higher prices is not the sole solution.
Mushroom coffee has emerged in response to an emerging consumer preference for health and wellness-based products. But does it have staying power?
Selling coffee as cherry has become increasingly popular in coffee-growing regions around the world. But is this shift good for coffee producers?
Coffee companies invest heavily in building their brands because establishing a loyal customer base is crucial for driving growth. However, brand loyalty may be dying in the coffee industry
For decades, the movement of people has been a key discussion point in coffee production. But rising levels of rural-to-urban migration mean both potential farmers and pickers are leaving.