News & Opinion

Are big coffee roasters intentionally vague about sustainability?

On 14 September, the 2023 edition of the Coffee Barometer was released, providing an overview of how effectively the industry is responding to key social, environmental, and economic challenges. As a part of this, it evaluates the corporate sustainability strategies of 11 coffee roasters.

More than 5,000 people attend PRF Colombia

On 14 & 15 September, PRF Colombia took place at the Plaza Mayor in Medellín, where the No Filter panel series made its debut.

Could the Hainan free trade port provide China unprecedented access to the global coffee sector?

Through the Belt and Road Initiative, China could gain access to the global coffee sector.

Colombia’s FNC under fire from President Gustavo Petro

The President of Colombia, Gustavo Petro has started a dispute with the country’s Federación Nacional de Cafeteros (FNC), or the National Federation of Coffee Growers.

PRF returns to Colombia to hold more important, challenging discussions

PRF will be back in Colombia on September 14 & 15, 2023. For the first time, it will host the innovative No Filter panel series

Is hard coffee making a comeback?

After a tumultuous few years, hard coffee could be making a comeback.

Brazilian naturals end up in ICE stocks – but what happens next?

In the past, all ICE-certified futures were only deliverable provided they contained 100% washed coffees. However, in recent weeks, news has emerged that Brazilian naturals and honeys are being used to settle these contracts.

Automation helps brands deliver convenience – what does that mean for specialty coffee?

Convenience has become everything – and automation is helping brands meet this emerging demand.

Cold coffee acquisitions continue across the board – what happens now? 

It's no secret that consolidation has become commonplace in the coffee industry. But more than ever, we're seeing a disproportionate volume of acquisitions in the cold coffee segment.

It’s not just La Colombe – consolidation is happening everywhere

It is well-established that consolidation is happening at the consumption end – but producing countries are also open to consolidation at earlier stages of the supply chain.

Will Fair Trade USA’s minimum price freeze hurt coffee producers?

Fair Trade USA have announced a minimum price freeze - it will not be raising its prices in line with Fair Trade International. This could leave some coffee producers very exposed.

A Brazilian barista winning the WBC has been a long time coming

Boram Um's WBC victory marks a significant milestone for Brazil. Not only are they the largest coffee-producing country by a considerable margin, but this achievement also highlights their growing domestic consumption.

Starbucks is taking inspiration from Chinese VCs

For over five decades, Starbucks has been a pioneering force within the coffee industry. However, the global brand is now taking inspiration from other corners of the world.
Nestlé play the long game for the Indian coffee market

Is Nestlé right to persevere in the Indian coffee market?

Global brands who have entered the Indian coffee market in anticipation of quick, explosive growth have been forced to wait – as year-on-year growth is projected to sit at just 2% until 2025. But Nestlé are not deterred.
The No Filter panel series will launch this September

PRF will launch innovative new No Filter panel series in September

PRF will return to Colombia for its seventh instalment this September, where a new series of panel discussions will be held.
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Coffee prices could be about to rise – again

The China-US West Coast route soared by 29% to $1,668 per 40ft equivalent unit.
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Colombian coffee’s new leader has a mountain to climb

Robert Vélez Vallejo resigned from the Federation’s top post in December 2022. His successor faces a host of challenges.
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Nestlé wants it all – and Blue Bottle Coffee is helping it get there

Blue Bottle Coffee recently closed its second-oldest store in San Francisco, shortly after launching a 'craft' instant product.
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Luckin can take Singapore’s coffee sector to new heights – but will consumers accept it?

Experts believe Luckin will face stiff competition but, if successful, it could drive Singapore’s coffee industry forward.
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Starbucks’ new CEO is great news for India’s coffee industry

Starbucks appointed Indian-born businessman Laxman Narasimhan as CEO last week.