Production & Trade

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.
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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.
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Paying more for coffee is not a simple, universal solution

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?
Price guides are flawed

Why coffee price guides are flawed

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.
coffee production could be left unprotected from AI

AI will shape the future of coffee production – but who stands to benefit?

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?
The coffee value chain must be reversed

What does it mean to “decolonise” the coffee industry?

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.
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The coffee industry must demand more from its definition of “micro lot”

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.
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Coffee’s reliance on the US dollar could be holding it back

The US dollar performs an outsized role as a common currency in the trade of coffee. Is it time to seek alternatives?
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A new era of deglobalisation dawns. What does it mean for coffee?

Countries became increasingly reliant on one another following the collapse of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Now, the process is in reverse.
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Is Central America under threat from fine robusta coffee?

Some fine robustas sell for little more than a commodity arabica coffee. But there are barriers in the way.
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Robusta is here to stay – but it cannot save the future of coffee

The land available to grow high-quality arabica is expected to predicted to halve by 2050. But we shouldn't pin our hopes on robusta.
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Are roasters gentrifying Colombia’s coffee farms?

The purchase of ailing coffee farms has become a long-term solution for those with the resources to invest in them.
technology gap in the coffee industry

There is a technology gap in the coffee industry

Covid-19 and rising costs have accelerated technology in the coffee sector – but on a farm level, little has changed.
common currency brazil

Why a Brazil-Argentina currency union is bad news for coffee

A monetary union could drive down the global price of coffee – and make farming more expensive for Brazilians.
diego campos pouring eugenioides coffee at the 2021 WBC

Whatever happened to Eugenioides coffee?

Coffea eugenioides burst onto the international scene at the 2021 World Barista Championships. Two years on, it is almost impossible to get hold of.
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Direct trade has exposed the fragility of coffee associations

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.
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Water is holding back Latin America’s coffee producers

The cupping table represents a critical moment for coffee producers. But for too many, water is creating unnecessary obstacles.
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The fertiliser crisis will affect coffee yields and farmer incomes for years

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.