What’s the reason for Vietnam’s low export prices?


Vietnam is one of the world’s biggest producers of coffee, specifically robusta. According to some facts and figures the country accounts for about 20% of global exports, second only to Brazil.

But despite commanding a sizeable share of the market, Vo Thanh Do, a senior government minister, says that Vietnamese coffee makes up about 3% of the worldwide trade from an economic point of view.

The reasons, according to Do, range from the use of obsolete technologies, poor business strategies and a focus on quantity, not quality.

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Rwandan coffee census due to get underway


We’ve taken a liking to covering stories emanating out of Rwanda recently, mainly because there’s a lot of interesting news coming out of the country’s coffee sector at the moment. Some are good, like Starbucks’ Executive Vice-President giving the nation’s coffee a ringing endorsement, but some aren’t; it’s safe to say that Rwanda’s experiencing a turbulent period at the moment. Prices have tumbled, competitiveness across global markets has increased and many farmers were worried about being had voiced concerns about being left behind.

The National Agricultural Export Development Board (NAEB) has previously spoken in a bid to quell those fears and now they’ve begun to act – by beginning a nationwide coffee census.

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Rwandan coffee gets a ringing endorsement


The Rwandan coffee industry is hoping to export around 26,000 metric tonnes of coffee this year, bringing in around $75 million to the local economy. Hitting these self-imposed targets is always a tough task, but they hope to do so thanks to their relationship with Starbucks, the global coffee giants – a partnership which has recently received a glowing recommendation for the Seattle-based chain.

Starbucks’ Executive Vice President, Craig Russell, was in Kigali recently and spoke highly of Rwanda’s coffee. The salutations were certainly flowing as he spoke to the local press.

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ClearCoffee: Clear Coffee.


Earlier today whilst gazing out of the office, watching the world pass by and pondering the meaning of life, our attention was diverted towards a the creation of some transparent coffee by an entrepreneurial Slovak by the name of David Nagy.

Nagy, you see, has spent the past couple of months developing a drink that is coffee in all but name and, importantly, colour.

What, coffee that isn’t a sort of brownish colour?

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Coffee waste as a superfood ingredient?


If you’re reading this then there’s a good chance that you are partial to a cup of coffee or two per day and that you know all about the drink’s potential health benefits. Drunk without milk, cream, sugars or sweeteners (no, expensive syrup laden Frappuccinos don’t count in this!), coffee is low in calories – not to mention it’s remarkably tasty too.

But researchers have uncovered that some by-products of the coffee production process have antioxidant effects that far surpass those found in vitamin C.

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Fire blazes through Jamaican plantations, Jm$500m damage caused

Jamaican coffee beans

Last weekend an estimated 350 acres of arable land in Jamaica went up in flames. The fires raged, pushing through fields in Flamstead and the surrounding Mavis Bank vicinity, destroying cash crops without mercy.

The inferno was described as “the worst in the history of the area,” said one resident and has severely affected the Caribbean nation’s coffee farmers who grow the prized Blue Mountain variety that the island is famed for.

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Nigerian coffee production ‘hits zero’


Bar a handful of peaks and troughs, the Nigerian coffee sector has been on a steady downward trajectory since the mid-1960s. From producing nearly 100,000 bags of fresh beans in 1964, the West African country has exported less and less year on year. Hope sprung eternal in the late-1980s and through into the early-1990s when harvests began to rally, but soon the rot set in and the descending path opened up once more.

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Keurig to drop DRM: “We were wrong”

DRM sticker

“Quite honestly, we were wrong.”

With those words Keurig’s Brian Kelly confirmed what consumers and some industry experts had known for months: Keurig’s relationship with DRM coffee would only end in tears.

Unfortunately for the company it hasn’t been a brief fling. It’s been a protracted affair where logic went flying out of the window, followed by money, dignity and then the trust of those most important to them. …continue reading Keurig to drop DRM: “We were wrong”