Oatly just launched its Organic Barista Oat Drink, marking a rising trend in oat milk differentiation across brands. Facing a dip in sales and media backlash, brands are doubling down on innovation and transparency to recapture the market.
IP laws protect ownership of coffee's genetic material. But the paradox is that coffee growing countries often lack the resources to convert their natural assets into economically valuable IP, while countries with the capacity to do so may be unable to own the genetic material.
Cotti Coffee opens a new outlet in Australia as part of its international expansion model, following other Chinese brands. If it takes off, this could herald a new era of Chinese influence for coffee drinkers.
China used to have to source its coffee through Taiwan to sidestep isolationist trade policies. Today, it relies on the country for its technology, skills, and expertise to stay ahead of the game.
Over the last few years, new coffee certifications have been launched with increasing regularity. But as more get introduced, do they begin to lose their value and impact?
For many smallholder coffee farmers, an inability to access affordable credit has reached a breaking point, and minimal cash flow support from other actors in the supply chain is leaving them with limited options. Could early contracting be a viable solution?
The term "smallholder coffee farmer" can be confusing and is sometimes misused -- which has a direct impact on genuinely vulnerable farmers.
Saudi Arabia has been investing massive resources into its coffee industry, as part of an effort to diversify away from oil.
Coffee roasters' sustainability initiatives have become a common theme in the specialty sector – but should we reconsider how effective they are?
Long-term trading relationships and innovation are two central tenets of specialty coffee - but can coffee farmers have both?
In May, a crucial data point used to gauge the health of the coffee industry was lost - the GCA stopped publishing coffee warehouse stocks data
The Q grader programme is dedicated to evaluating the sensory qualities of coffee. But when you can't decide what "quality" means, what happens to Q graders?
As the coffee industry reacts to the effects of climate change, it could be argued it is taking an adaptive approach, rather than a mitigative one.
Growing demand is driving robusta prices up, while arabica prices remain low. But is there any chance that the market prices for arabica and robusta will equalise?
Specialty green coffee auctions are inherently exclusive – which isn't necessarily bad. But with the growing number of auctions and increased expectation for innovation at farm level, some smaller coffee growers with limited access to resources are being excluded.
Coffee prices are speculative. They fluctuates in response to anticipated risks and opportunities. If certain weather is predicted to impact a harvest, this has a dramatic effect on coffee production, and subsequently affects the C price.
The expectation for coffee producers to scale up is greater than ever. Global consumption continues to rise, and a growing audience for specialty coffee demands innovation at farm level. For most of the world’s producers, however, the finance required to meet these expectations is out of reach.
It's no secret that specialty coffee companies have been driving innovation in the wider coffee industry – and that this is something larger coffee brands are looking to capitalise on.
As those in the specialty coffee industry look for new ways to compete, producers will increasingly be expected to produce new exotic varieties and introduce experimental processing methods. This demand, however, poses a massive challenge for many of the world’s coffee farmers.
AI Is developing at an uncontrollable rate, and the coffee industry is swiftly moving into uncharted territory in which coffee production will be left unregulated. How can we use AI to benefit all in the industry?