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?
A handful of multinationals have spent millions acquiring specialty coffee names. Will the sector benefit?
Some fine robustas sell for little more than a commodity arabica coffee. But there are barriers in the way.
Covid-19 and rising costs have accelerated technology in the coffee sector – but on a farm level, little has changed.
Coffea eugenioides burst onto the international scene at the 2021 World Barista Championships. Two years on, it is almost impossible to get hold of.
The cost of fertiliser has soared since the outbreak of Covid-19 in early 2020. The impact of long-term productivity losses is expected to be high.
High arabica prices and soaring inflation has triggered a renewed interest in the species.
Coffee and wine have been increasingly compared since the 1990s. They couldn't be more different.
The Environmental, Social, and Governance framework heralds a new era of accountability. Failing to acknowledge it will mean missing out in the future.