Coffee Made Happy sets foot in Africa

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One of the biggest food, beverage and confectionery conglomerates in the world, Mondelez International, is looking to help boost coffee production in some areas of Africa. Local media has estimated that it could potentially improve exports of some farmers and farmers by almost 50%, according to media reports.

The multinational company is the second biggest coffee selling company in the world and, thanks to its size, has a well-rounded buying strategy which includes purchases from African nations such as Tanzania, Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya and Rwanda.

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Krispy Kreme signs new retail deal

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As the slogan goes, “America Runs on Dunkin’”. Dunkin’ Donuts is ubiquitous, and is often the primary port of call for those who want to partner up a cup of coffee and a doughnut. The Boston-based company has a sizeable market share thanks to their ever expanding store portfolio, branding and presence in retail stores.

But, there is also Krispy Kreme. Not as widespread (they have about 10,000 stores less than Dunkin’), the company founded by Vernon Rudolph in the 1930s is seen, somewhat, as a more premium option. And now they’ve signed a new multi-year licensing deal with Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA that will see their coffee be available to a whole new – and importantly wider – customer base.

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Three to five cups of coffee a day could improve heart health, study finds

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Whether positive or negative, there are ample pages and reports in existence relating to the effect that coffee has upon the heart. One study says that risk factors such as blood pressure can exasperated by your coffee habit, another claims that a cup or two a day gives your heart a boost. Nobody, it seems, knows.

However a new report has divulged some rather encouraging information that seemingly adds evidence to the notion that coffee is a miracle elixir sent from some higher power to right a number of wrongs.

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Bank robber arrested after a Dunkin’ break

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A bank robber from Queens, New York, could have made off with $4,000 after he pulled off a successful heist, but instead he decided to head off to Dunkin’ Donuts for a coffee and wait for the police to find him.

Michael J Cassano, 38, from Oakland Gardens, robbed the Hudson City Savings Bank’s Lodi branch last Monday with a replica handgun. After leaving the premises and heading to his car that was parked nearby, he decided to amble down the street and head for a coffee and a cigarette.

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USAID sets aside investment pot for Ugandan coffee

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Earlier this month the National Coffee Policy for Uganda received a substantial boost when The United States Agency of International Development (commonly known as USAID) provisionally set aside nearly $500,000 which could eventually be utilised to develop and rejuvenate Uganda’s coffee industry.

There are a number of steps which need to be undertaken first, but this is clearly some welcome news.

According to reports published in the Ugandan press, it is assumed that this money will be initially handled by the National Union of Coffee Agribusiness and Farm Enterprises, NUCAFE.

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The history of Turkish Coffee is on display in Istanbul

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Situated on both sides of the Bosphorus and straddling the continents of Europe and Asia, Istanbul is a vibrant city that will stimulate and delight the senses in equal measures. And it has an irrevocable link to coffee.

If you so happen to be visiting Istanbul (or, lest we forget, if you live there) then you can take a meandering journey through history to explore the origins, cultural and social impact of Turkish Coffee as the Topkapi Palace Museum is hosting the coffee lover’s dream exhibition.

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It’s official: You should drink more coffee

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We know that you like coffee.

It’s pretty easy to make that conclusion because otherwise you wouldn’t be visiting a website that concerns itself with the covering all aspects of the global coffee industry. From market specific reports through to temper tantrums involving coffee cups, they’re all given – for better or for worse – equal weighting here.

And because that you’re here, visiting World Coffee Press, we think that we’re pretty safe in the knowledge that you’ll like recent news reports doing the rounds which are telling everybody to drink more coffee.

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NAEB announces a new plan for Rwandan coffee

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Speaking at a one day event centred upon the Rwandan coffee sector, George William Kayonga, the Chief Executive Officer for the National Agricultural Export Board (NAEB), announced plans for a new government back initiative that will, hopefully, improve both productivity and quality of the cash crop.

 This new policy aims to redress a number of issues which has plagued the country’s coffee industry in recent years, making everything more streamlined and efficient in the process.

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Starbucks inadvertently causes a commotion

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The phrase ‘with great power comes great responsibility’ may primarily be associated with comic books and Spider Man’s origin, but the words attributed to Benjamin Parker should also be taken on board by many a company – especially those whose business it is to serve and employ a wide range of people from vastly different cultural and social backgrounds.

Some customers of Starbucks with an Armenian background have been up in arms recently after taking offence to some newly installed interior artwork. Visible in a number of locations across the United States, a poster depicted a group of women dressed in traditional Armenian attire standing underneath a depiction of the Turkish flag. Safe to say, the reaction wasn’t positive.

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Starbucks introduces high-end coffee subscriptions

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“You think about Blue Bottle and Stumptown and Intelligentsia; they’re doing marvellous things around coffee. [But] we’re not perceived to be in the group [and] that’s really not fair,” said Major Cohen, a member of Starbucks’ coffee engagement team.

All we have to do is decide how we want to be in that group: We have the coffee, we have the people, we have the sites. It’s just a matter of what we want to focus our attention on.”

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