Production & Trade

young coffee farmers kenya

Out with the old: Why Kenya’s young coffee producers are rejecting cooperatives

Young farmers returning from jobs in the city are disillusioned with power structures. A few have taken matters into their own hands.

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China is suffering from a counterfeit coffee crisis

The volume of coffee consumed in China has jumped more than 44% in the last five years – but not all of it is what it claims to be.
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FinTech is making Kenyan coffee farms more efficient

As of September 2021, more than 53% of Kenyans owned a smartphone – and coffee farmers are harnessing them to become more efficient than ever.
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Why Colombia’s coffee pickers aren’t Colombian

9 out of 10 coffee pickers in Colombia are Venezuelan, many of whom have crossed the border in recent years to escape domestic political and economic turmoil.
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Honey processing: Did the world steal Costa Rica’s coffee niche?

Costa Rican coffee farmers pioneered honey processing; then other origins soon followed.

Smuggling & tariffs: The complicated world of coffee imports to origin countries

Many of the world’s coffee origins import coffee to meet domestic demand – but a secret culture of smuggling has existed for decades.
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Why the coffee industry’s “audit culture” is ruining direct relationships

When they arrive, the auditors not only ask probing questions, but feed the information back to the ones who have paid for the audit.
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Specialty coffee varieties: Why older farmers have reason to be sceptical

While 43% of US coffee consumers report drinking specialty coffee, it still remains a relatively small market compared to commodity coffees.
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Invisible Medellín: Lifting the curtain on Colombia’s urban coffee farms

Sixty years of armed conflict uprooted many of Antioquia’s rural coffee farmers – now a new urban coffee-producing sector has emerged.

Are consuming countries forcing two-way traceability on coffee farmers?

For many of the world’s producers, knowledge of what happens to their coffee ends long before it finds its way into a consumer’s cup.
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From literacy rates to criminal activity: How coffee prices affect local economies

High coffee prices fuel a thriving local economy – but market volatility can have disastrous consequences.
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Women’s gold: What the coffee industry can learn from shea butter production

Gender inequality is rife on coffee farms. But it can learn from the shea butter industry.
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The fetishisation of coffee farmers

Exploring why specialty coffee's marketing efforts need to move beyond the narrative of impoverished farmers.
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Organic coffee farming: Have intermediaries skewed perceptions?

For many, sourcing coffee from organic farms is non-negotiable – but why are there still detractors?
female-led coffee farms

Female-led coffee farms offer hope in male dominated sector

Women contribute around 70% of the global coffee production workforce – but less than a third of farms are female-led.
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Were Ponzi schemes to blame for Colombia’s coffee leaf rust epidemic?

Between 2008 and 2011, a coffee leaf rust outbreak ravaged production in Colombia – were pyramid schemes responsible?
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How farmer-focused negotiations can fix coffee’s living income crisis

In Colombia, the percentage of coffee producers who receive a sustainable income is low – by some estimates less than 40%.
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Without direct trade, the coffee industry could collapse

Direct trade is one of the most effective ways of creating a more equitable system in the coffee supply chain.
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Does selling coffee domestically leave farmers worse off?

Initiatives such as Toma Café have helped boost Colombians' interest in specialty coffee – but does it make economical sense for farmers?
koji processing

Can koji processing improve the lives of Colombia’s coffee farmers?

Forest Coffee in Colombia is experimenting with a new processing technique that uses no water and can increase cup scores.