Rising night time temperatures are affecting Tanzania’s coffee farmers

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The warm weather that Tanzania is currently experiencing could negatively affect the nation’s coffee harvest later this year, a South African university has determined.

Despite stating the obvious in their conclusion, the methodology that the research team from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, used was actually quite interesting.

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Fires and blockades: A strange situation for some Kenyan coffee farmers

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Some protests in Kenya have taken a fiery turn after a number of incensed coffee farmers based in the Othaya district of the country burnt around 100 bags of freshly harvested coffee.

The reason?

Police and other officials were trying to force them to sell the coffee to one particular milling and processing company.

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Taiwanese team develops artifical Kopi Luwak

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Could Kopi Luwak be on its way out?

After seven years of experiments and a few field trips to Indonesia, a Taiwanese research team from the National Pingtung University of Technology and Science (NPUTS) believe that they have created their very own, laboratory made Kopi Luwak.

But don’t worry, no civets were caged or trapped to make this product!

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Starbucks shares jump on the back of Q2 results

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As the bell rung at the New York Stock Exchange to signal the start of trading, shares in Starbucks began to slowly climb, before racing upwards in a manner that USA Today compared to a “late-day caffeine burst.”

The rise, in the region of 5%, came on the back of the global coffee giant’s publication of their second quarter revenues, which saw the company’s net revenues jump by 18% to $4.6 billion, and total same store-sales improve 7%. Profits are reported to be in the region of 16%.

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Pret a Manger staff can hand out free coffee

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Pret A Manger has ditched the idea of a loyalty card and has adopted a new, alternative method to keep customers coming back for more coffee. They’ll be handing out free cups of coffee, snacks and sandwiches to customers on an ad hoc basis.

“It’s totally random, maybe if someone’s extra nice of if they are a regular, of if they’ve bought a lot of things. There’s no rule,” explained one London based barista.

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Coffee loving parrot blamed for car crash

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After a few days away exploring the culture (and coffee) of Eastern Europe, we are back, rested and brimming with information and, importantly, recommendations! Upon our return we found this in our inbox. And it’s a humdinger of a ‘what on earth?!’ type of story.

According to Pennsylvania State Police, a thirty-five year-old woman crashed her car.

Why you ask?

Well it was because of her coffee obsessed parrot.

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NAEB moves to reassure the Rwandan coffee industry as global prices tumble

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The National Agriculture Export Development Board of Rwanda (NAEB) has taken steps to install confidence in the country’s coffee industry that an increase in crop quality will help protect farmers and exporters against the current – and expected – drop in prices on the global markets.

As we have noted previously on World Coffee Press, favourable weather conditions in key geographical areas has seen worldwide harvest levels rise, which has resulted in more supply than demand. As such, prices have tumbled.

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