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The nonprofit smallholder producer network SPP Global has issued a warning to importers or other raw agriculture buyers that unless they begin paying prices that support the costs of production and living for smallholder farmers of organic coffee, cocoa and sugar, they will be contributing to unemployment, migration and “ecological destruction.” The Mexico-based SPP Global
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A coffee landscape in the Tolima Department, home to the El Jordan group of producers. All images courtesy of Stumptown Coffee Roasters. In mid-February, Portland, Oregon-based Third Wave coffee pioneer Stumptown Coffee Roasters, along with specialty coffee trading company Caravela Coffee, released the results of an impact report on direct trade. While the coffee world
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ICE coffee futures prices — a.k.a. the “C” market prices — for arabica year-to-date. Chart courtesy of Macrotrends. Describing the novel coronavirus as presenting an “unprecedented joint supply and demand shock” to the global coffee sector, the International Coffee Organization has released the second report in its ongoing “Coffee Break” series on COVID-19 and coffee.
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Coffee in parchment. Daily Coffee News photo. It’s been a few weeks since we last checked in with Karl Wienhold of the Colombian green coffee trading company Cedro Alto about his series on coffee economics. While the first two episodes in the series focused on the expressions of “farmgate price” and “farmer price,” respectively, three
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Fresh coffee being milled in Rwanda. Andrew Gerard, CC BY-SA 4.0. As countries begin to reopen after months of coronavirus lockdown, Rwanda is pressing on with its May coffee harvest. Rwanda, which supplied 21,000 tons of coffee to the global market in 2019, is about the world’s 30th top coffee supplier. It is known, proudly, for the quality of its beans, not the
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2020 Ethiopia Cup of Excellence winner Nigussie Gemeda. Photo courtesy of the Alliance for Coffee Excellence (ACE). Despite economic, social and logistical disruptions aplenty over the past few months, the first ever Ethiopia Cup of Excellence has crowned its first winners. Twenty-eight winning coffees, including the top three that all scored 90+ points, will be
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Luiz Roberto Saldanha Rodrigues reviews Capricornio Coffee’s COVID-19 response and procedures for farm workers. Image courtesy of Fazenda California. As the initial panic over COVID-19 begins to subside and coffee companies begin to look beyond their immediate, short-term concerns, specialty coffee sellers and buyers are beginning to take a deeper look at the disruptions that
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Coffee in parchment. Daily Coffee News file photo. Along with a coffee-trading partner in Ethiopia, two Dutch organizations have further pushed the envelope of coffee supply chain transparency through a new platform called Trace. Created by the nonprofit agri-business solutions provider and equitable trade advocacy group Fairfood, the Trace platform involves blockchain to track coffee
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A Colombian coffee landscape. All photos in these piece, showing coffee at different stages of production, were taken in Colombia and shared courtesy of Those Coffee People. Dotted throughout the sweeping hills and mountains of Antioquia lie thousands of coffee farms that have remained virtually unchanged for generations. Coloring the landscape with neat green rows
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Daily Coffee News photo/Nick Brown Portland, Oregon-based green coffee trading company Sustainable Harvest has seeded a donation fund with $156,000 to support coffee producers during COVID-19 restrictions, and the company is asking others in the industry to contribute through GoFundMe. Sustainable Harvest plans to use the donations to provide relief kits to coffee-producing communities that
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Coffee in parchment. Daily Coffee News photo. It is hardly breaking news that the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the specialty coffee industry, from farmers to baristas. We have witnessed how social-distancing measures have paused or disrupted coffee retail businesses, affecting coffee roasters, cafes and baristas. But how is the pandemic, and the preventive measures taken by Latin American governments to halt the
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A landscape in the Brazilian coffeelands. All photos courtesy of the author, Jonas Leme Ferraresso. Among the fresh crop of COVID-19-related question marks now floating around the coffee industry, few are larger than the ones involving Brazil, which is approaching its annual harvest. This year’s harvest for what is by far the world’s largest coffee-producing
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Coffee throughout the high-elevation landscape of southern Huila, Colombia. All images courtesy of Passenger Coffee. Winning lots from the first-ever Copa Suaceña regional cupping competition in Colombia are now emerging from quality-focused roasting companies throughout the United States. Lancaster, Pennsylvania-based Passenger Coffee has launched a series showcasing the top six winners of the competition that
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(Editor’s note: The following comes from an article that appeared in the March/April 2020 issue of Roast Magazine. Click here to read the full article.) A conversation between Trish Rothgeb, co-founder and roastmaster for Wrecking Ball Coffee Roasters in San Francisco, and Luis Rodriguez Ventura, coffee grower and owner of CAFERIUM in El Salvador, and featuring:  Aislinn
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Sacks of coffee at a warehouse. Daily Coffee News photo. The economic impact of COVID-19 in the leading coffee-consuming countries all over the world has been jarring and immediate, with widespread losses in the retail sector following stark changes in consumer behavior. Though the immediate spread of the pandemic has been slowed by shelter-in-place orders
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According to research published earlier this year, Brazil’s Southeastern Mountain coffee growing region could see a drastic loss of its viable coffee growing landscapes by the year 2050, due primarily to the rising global temperatures caused by a changing climate. Yet the study also provided some hope: If producers begin to implement coffee agroforestry systems
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Along with FOB, which stands for “free on board,” the “farmgate” price (or “farm gate” price) has been the most frequently used term to describe prices paid by buyers such as importers or roasters for green coffee. Discussing metrics such as the farmgate price publicly remains a relatively recent phenomenon in the coffee industry, driven
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Coffee plants growing on a farm. Daily Coffee News file photo. One of the hallmarks of the single-origin specialty coffee movement has been an appreciation for specific varieties within the arabica species of coffee. Like the Pinot Noir or Cabernet Sauvignon varieties to wine, coffee varieties such as Bourbon, Pacamara or Gesha are not merely
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