Taskforce set up to curb counterfeit Blue Mountain

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“We have numerous reports from persons staying at some of our hotels that the taste profile of coffee purported to be Blue Mountain coffee is different,” said the Chairman of Jamaica’s Coffee Industry Board, Delano Franklyn.

Mr Franklyn was speaking at a media event earlier this weekend organised to discuss the problematic rise of counterfeit Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee, and announce the formation of a Brand Infringement and Enforcement Taskforce.

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Coffee consumption rising in Nepal

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The Tea and Coffee Development Board of Nepal has, in the past couple of days, announced that their export figure for this seasonal year has decline. But if you think that the picture painted in the opening sentence is about to be followed with doom and gloom, you’d be wrong. Admittedly, export levels did fall short of the expected targets, but more and more domestically produced coffee was sold internally due to the nation’s coffee consumption growing.

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Sales of Chinese grown coffee to Starbucks rise

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When you think of the major coffee growing nations of the world, China might not be the first country that springs to mind. However despite being a relatively small producer on the global stage, the amount of coffee being grown within Chinese borders is increasing and has found a fan in the American retail giants Starbucks.

Since the start of 2014 Starbucks has imported around 14,000 bags of arabica from Chinese plantations, almost five times the amount that was brought in during the course of 2013. These figures come from the shipping intelligence company PIERS.

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McCafe set to be introduced into India

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The McCafe concept may be making McDonald’s restaurants some rather large profits, but the idea of the fast-food outlet serving coffee isn’t as widespread as you might imagine.

However, success is often replicated so therefore the only surprising thing about McCafe’s imminent arrival in key Indian markets is how long it has taken to get there.

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Ugandan exports expected to be static due to drought

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Reports out of Uganda indicate that the coffee industry there is hoping that exports levels for the 2014-15 season mirrors those posted in previous years as the nation begins to recover, slowly, from a period of drought.

The worst case scenario that those in the sector are bracing them for is a slight change, highlighting the fact that there’s a blanket of optimism over the East African nation at the moment.

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Sabah to host coffee festival and record attempt

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Today’s story comes from Malaysia, a country which as we well know is becoming a lucrative market for those looking to expand in Southeast Asia. However this tale does not revolve around foreign chains seeking revenue; instead it is about a domestic-based company that wants to break a record and help promote and enhance the fortunes of those around them.

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Arson attack in Mukurweini – Coffee farmers blamed

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A group from agitated and angry coffee farmers have attacked property and local businesses before moving onwards to a nearby coffee factory and setting that ablaze before fleeing upon the arrival of the police.

According to local reports the farmers are all predominantly affiliated with the Ramukia Co-operative, which is based in the Kenyan province of Mukurweini.

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Why does Alanis Morissette use coffee as percussion?

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Alanis Morissette has opted to forgo traditional percussion instruments in her latest song The Morning. Instead she – along with the famed Costa Rican musician Carlos “Tapado” Vargas – decided to go down a more avant-garde route and substituted drums from coffee beans and coffee machines.

The song was written for the upcoming documentary A Small Section of the World and was premiered on The Hollywood Reporter.

But what is the link to coffee?

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Coffee: Ethiopia’s $1 billion industry?

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Mulatu Teshome, the President of Ethiopia, has announced that the coffee industry in the country must continue to increase their export revenues in the next couple of years.

A target of $1 billion has been set.

The coffee sector in Ethiopia has been in rude health recently and despite some significant gains, President Teshome has continued to ramp up the pressure by proverbially throwing down the gauntlet.

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