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Photo courtesy of the authors. Labor is the single largest component of most coffee farmers’ costs of production. In Latin America, for example, labor accounts for the majority of production costs.  When external pressures negatively affect farmers’ profit margins, farmers naturally tend to reduce costs in any way possible. As the cost of labor is
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A coffee farm in Urrao, Antioquia, Colombia, participating in Verve’s Farmlevel Nursery Project. All images courtesy of Verve Coffee Roasters. This month, the California-born roasting and retail company Verve Coffee Roasters took its direct-trade operations to a whole new level as it unveiled its inaugural Farmlevel Nursery Project coffee. The coffee bags that hit Verve’s
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Coffee in Minova, on the shores of Lake Kivu. Photo by MNKF Creatives, courtesy of Mighty Peace Coffee. The coffee industry and its supply chains are complex.  The SCA’s coffee systems map identifies 27 stakeholders scattered across continents that make our industry run. Each participant has its own needs, incentives and challenges, including navigating the
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The new Bravo IT grinder from Brazil’s Bravo. Photo by @ourcoffeeshelter. Brazilian specialized coffee equipment maker Bravo has released its third manual grinder, the Bravo IT. The São Paulo-based company, which conducts small production rounds twice per year, said new Bravo grinders will become available to customers overseas this month, with sales to the United
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Image courtesy of Torque Coffee. A perennial topic in the coffee industry is the balance of economic sustainability and market forces.  Every year, questions surrounding value and producer income are explored in endless detail in filled lecture halls at industry events and in earnest white papers; yet every year the chasm between procurement and sustainable
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At the farm of Edilberto Vergara Tellez in Huila, Colombia. A multi-stakeholder group is developing a new data-driven tool geared towards more equitable pricing in the green coffee trade called the Sustainable Coffee Buyers Guide (SCBG).  A pre-competitive tool led by Colombia-based Azahar Coffee Company and coffee roasting software provider Cropster, the Guide is attempting to
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Coffee being grown in Yemen. Images courtesy of Qima Coffee. A new study published in the journal Agronomy has found that vernacular names given to cultivated coffee plants in Yemen are not necessarily reflective of the plants’ genetic backgrounds. Funding parties behind the research warn that such a disconnect might ultimately harm the international reputation of Yemeni
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After two years of online gatherings, the World Coffee Producers Forum (WCPF) is returning to an in-person format for 2023, with the event scheduled for Feb. 13-14 at the Kigali Convention Center in Kigali, Rwanda. This will be the third in-person iteration of the event, which is focused on critical issues affecting coffee producers, such
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The Regenerative Organic Certified seal and logo. All images courtesy of the Regenerative Organic Alliance unless otherwise noted. A farm-focused, third-party social and environmental certification scheme called Regenerative Organic Certified (ROC) has moved into the coffee industry. Claiming to reflect regenerative agricultural practices, the first ROC-certified coffee products recently hit store shelves in the United
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Daily Coffee News file photo. Through a number of strategic partnerships and pilot projects, the producer- and roaster-managed cooperative Cooperative Coffees (sometimes styled Coop Coffees) is helping to lead the way for reduced carbon emissions throughout the coffee sector. The United States green coffee importing organization — whose membership currently includes 23 coffee roasting companies
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Headstand Coffee Leaf Seltzer. Images courtesy of Headstand unless otherwise noted. A past UK barista champion is ushering in a new era for coffee leaf tea, launching a canned coffee leaf seltzer called Headstand. The drink brand launched earlier this summer with a 30-calorie, no-sugar-added drink with yuzu juice, ginger extract, chamomile, ginseng, and dried coffee
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The QSorter Explorer machine for the analysis of coffee and other agricultural goods. QualySense promotional photo. Swiss industrial sorting equipment manufacturer QualySense says it has entered a partnership agreement worth $1 million with six of the world’s largest coffee companies to further develop its AI-driven green coffee sorting equipment. The company says the development partnership
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Despite all its shortcomings, the coffee industry was an early adopter and continues to be a pioneer in the field of sustainability. Driven by a combination of deep professional passions, genuinely good intentions and enthusiastic consumer demand for differentiated and ethically derived products, coffee has historically leaned ahead of the curve towards sustainability as compared
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Daily Coffee News Staff | August 15, 2022 One of the Specialty Coffee Association‘s numerous online coffee gatherings that emerged during the COVID-19 pandemic era, the Green Coffee Summit is returning for 2022. The 2022 Green Coffee Summit, which is free to attend given registration, will be held online on Oct. 18 and 20 with
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Researcher Addis Alemayehu with collected coffee cherries drying on a wire mesh. American Society of Agronomy press photo by Fikadu Ejigu. Working in coffee’s genetic birthplace, a group of researchers in Ethiopia recently explored a question that’s confounded the coffee industry since the dawn of commercial cultivation: What factors most impact coffee quality? What they
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Daily Coffee News Staff | August 8, 2022 The United States-based nonprofit Alliance for Coffee Excellence (ACE) and online sales platform provider M-Cultivo have teamed up to launch Ethiopia Select, an online marketplace for high-quality, traceable Ethiopian coffees. Individual 60-kilogram sacks of green coffee from more than 80 producers with a combined average score of
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The new-look CoE auction, courtesy of the contract with Georgia-based startup M-Cultivo. Auctions in the long-running Cup of Excellence (CoE) green coffee programs will have a new look and feature set beginning this month, thanks to a new partnership between the nonprofit CoE and United States-based auction technology company M-Cultivo. Launched in Georgia in 2020,
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Given the fact that commercial farming of any kind requires large swaths of land, the very concept of sustainable coffee production remains paradoxical. As the authors of a groundbreaking new study on land use and biodiversity in coffee write, “Protecting biodiversity while sustaining agricultural production is one of our greatest modern challenges.” The study itself
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Konjo Ethiopian Coffee Founter Hirut Crusan at the new shop in Fort Collins, Colorado. All images courtesy of Konjo Ethiopian Coffee. A genuine taste of Ethiopia is now available in Fort Collins, Colorado, where Konjo Ethiopian Coffee has established its first brick-and-mortar cafe. Kojo Founder Hirut Crusan grew up on her family’s coffee farm in
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“bee” by dasWebweib is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0. Sipping a coffee on your way to work is a ritual most people take for granted without thinking about how the delicious coffee beans reached their cup. You probably know it comes from tropical regions. But what is less well-known is that coffee is the product of an incredible
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