Production & Trade

Can a constant push for innovation ever be sustainable for coffee farmers?

Long-term trading relationships and innovation are two central tenets of specialty coffee - but can coffee farmers have both?

Sri Lanka shows promise as an emerging coffee origin

Sri Lanka continues to be associated with tea production, largely driven by decades of government investment and policy directed towards infrastructure and development in the sector. However, the country could soon become a notable coffee origin.

Has data on coffee warehouse stocks ever been that reliable?

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

Reforms hope to change Kenyan coffee for the better

Kenyan coffee is under threat from profiteering actors in the supply chain. Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua's reforms hope to change that.

Do we still need Q graders?

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?

EU deforestation laws could mean chaos for coffee

Politically speaking, EU deforestation laws have become a hot topic, and the coffee industry could suffer.

Is buying cherry instead of parchment good for coffee producers?

Selling coffee as cherry has become increasingly popular in coffee-growing regions around the world. But is this shift good for coffee producers?

The coffee industry is not addressing climate change – it’s just adapting to it

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.

Will supply issues ever push arabica-robusta prices to parity?

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?

How to measure the carbon footprint of coffee production

As well as being a contributor to climate change, coffee production is also one of the most vulnerable to its effects. Some believe the environmental vulnerability of the coffee sector provides the greatest incentive to undertake carbon reduction projects.

Have coffee auctions changed beyond recognition?

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.

Bram de Hoog: “I believe every coffee has a home”

During his presentation at PRF El Salvador, Bram explored how “value” is assigned in the coffee industry – and how a more systematic approach to understanding value could lead to greater alignment between supply and demand.

How more accurate weather forecasting could stabilise coffee prices

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.

How access to finance became coffee producers’ biggest obstacle

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.

How Brazil’s cooperatives could disrupt the specialty coffee status quo

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

Is social impact something roasters can only afford when their costs are low?

For roasters, social impact programmes have helped to establish more secure and equitable trading relationships while also appealing to their buyers. But higher coffee prices could be putting a stop to them.

Boutique coffee traders are a low interest rate phenomenon

For the past decade, interest rates have consistently remained low and steady – providing support for boutique coffee traders. The rise in rates over the past year has revealed their dependency on favourable borrowing conditions.

What rural migration means for the long-term future of coffee production

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.
Infused coffees could drive a change for food hygiene standards in the coffee industry

Infused coffees could drive a change for food hygiene standards

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.
specialty coffee favours rich producers

Will the future of specialty coffee favour rich producers?

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.