Smallholder farmers encounter many obstacles when it comes to selling their coffee. Logically, removing barriers to trade should make the process easier, and even incentivise more farmers to produce more coffee. But is the reality really that simple; can the solution be that easy for struggling coffee origins?
Kenyan coffee is under threat from profiteering actors in the supply chain. Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua's reforms hope to change that.
Coffee cooperatives in Brazil are a beast like no other. And while many have historically grown for commodity-grade markets, more and more in recent years have shifted to specialty coffee
Infused coffees have garnered something of a reputation. Now they have reached a wider audience, they are drawing attention to a broader conversation about food safety at farm level.
WHILE IT may seem simple and straightforward, paying more for coffee does not solve as many problems as the specialty coffee market might think it does. But with the global coffee industry now turning over $495bn in 2023, how is it that the average income for coffee farmers has not changed in the past 20 years?
COFFEE FARMERS work hard to produce consistent harvests year-round, yet they are generally "price takers", especially smallholders. And while the industry is focusing more on transparency on the consumer side, it may not be as effective as we think. A coffee price guide has become an industry standard – a way for roasters to show how much they are paying their producers.
For some, the coffee industry’s social sustainability goals are not ambitious enough and the whole supply chain must be decolonised: a scenario in which control over the final product is put back into the hands of those who produced it.
The term "micro lot" should denote a coffee that adds value to the producer end, supports growing regions and offers stability. This definition does not have to lose its sense of “quality”, but purchasers need to buy into the sustainability of the coffee they purchase.
The purchase of ailing coffee farms has become a long-term solution for those with the resources to invest in them.
The influence of coffee associations grew after the ICO's price agreement collapsed in 1989. But direct trade now presents a more attractive alternative for many.
By 2025, nearly 60% of Egypt’s population will be considered “middle class" – and they're showing a growing appetite for high-quality coffee.
Over the last few months Colombia’s cooperatives have lost some $120m due to defaults on futures contracts.
In 2020, an estimated 23% of Salvadoran families lived on less than $5 a day. The average annual amount sent back per migrant, on the other hand, is $4,300.
Consolidation has become a defining characteristic of the coffee industry – but is working for coffee farms?
A Chinese company recently paid more than $400/lb for an Ethiopian Sidama coffee. Where will it end?
The discrepancy is largely due to scarcity and marketing – although other factors are also at play.
Young farmers returning from jobs in the city are disillusioned with power structures. A few have taken matters into their own hands.
The streets of Amman, Jordan’s capital city, brim with coffee shops open all night long, where shining Arabic coffee pots – known as dalahs – serve visitors by the dozen.
As of September 2021, more than 53% of Kenyans owned a smartphone – and coffee farmers are harnessing them to become more efficient than ever.
Costa Rican coffee farmers pioneered honey processing; then other origins soon followed.