Proportion of Shade-Grown Coffee Down Nearly 20 Percent Since 1996, Researchers Say

Proportion of Shade-Grown Coffee Down Nearly 20 Percent Since 1996, Researchers Say

April 17, 2014 11:02 am

The proportion of shade-grown coffee globally has dropped by nearly 20 percent since 1996, threatening biodiversity and production sustainability throughout the world, according to new research […]

A Huge Step Forward for Fine Robusta. Is the Specialty Coffee Market Ready?

A Huge Step Forward for Fine Robusta. Is the Specialty Coffee Market Ready?

April 16, 2014 11:52 am

Long talked about for its potential in the growing specialty market, fine robusta is taking a big step forward with the Uganda-led development of a […]

Fairtrade International Introducing Awards Program for Producers and Buyers

Fairtrade International Introducing Awards Program for Producers and Buyers

April 15, 2014 11:16 am

Fairtrade International (FLO) is launching its first awards program to celebrate producers and traders throughout the world who “go the extra mile and achieve outstanding results […]

Monthly C-Market Report: Extreme Volatility Amid Brazil Uncertainty

Monthly C-Market Report: Extreme Volatility Amid Brazil Uncertainty

April 14, 2014 11:30 am

Uncertainly regarding the current harvest in Brazil created unprecedented volatility in global coffee prices throughout March 2014, according to the latest report from the International […]

When Quality Falls Short: Exploring Risk in the High-End Specialty Trade

When Quality Falls Short: Exploring Risk in the High-End Specialty Trade

April 9, 2014 1:26 pm

The Wall Street Journal yesterday published a must-read story for anyone interested in the future of direct-trade relationships for premium coffees among growers, importers and […]

Nonprofits Banking on Beekeeping to Help Farmers in the Thin Months

Nonprofits Banking on Beekeeping to Help Farmers in the Thin Months

April 7, 2014 12:15 pm

Vermont-based Food 4 Farmers is working with the nonprofit investment fund Root Capital to set up smallholder coffee farmers in Guatemala with beekeeping operations. The […]

Startup Coffee Flour Hopes to Turn Processed Cherries Into Big Business

Startup Coffee Flour Hopes to Turn Processed Cherries Into Big Business

April 3, 2014 3:32 pm

A Seattle startup working with a pair of the world’s largest coffee companies is hoping to turn a product called Coffee Flour — milled from […]

On Marketplace vs. Origin: ‘Like It or Not, We Are All in This Together’

On Marketplace vs. Origin: ‘Like It or Not, We Are All in This Together’

March 26, 2014 12:10 pm

We spend a lot of editorial energy on this site covering issues related to origin, and more specifically, issues that affect the smallholder farmers on […]

4C Certifications Triple in 2012-13, Code Revisions Coming in 2014

4C Certifications Triple in 2012-13, Code Revisions Coming in 2014

March 24, 2014 10:22 am

The 4C Association, one of the world’s largest third-party coffee certifiers, says the amount of 4C-certified coffee tripled during the 2012-13 period, up to 7.5 […]

Economy and Humanity: The Roaster’s Role in Water Resource Management

Economy and Humanity: The Roaster’s Role in Water Resource Management

March 20, 2014 9:50 am

(editor’s note: Yesterday, Michael Sheridan wrote a post for the CRS Coffeelands Blog called “Water, Water Everywhere,” in which he reviewed several stories from the past week […]