Could the Ripple cause a wave?


The World Latte Art Championships might have seen Caleb Cha of Australia emerge victorious to pick up a golden gong, but his undoubted skill with milk foam could soon be obsolete.

It doesn’t matter if you’re the world’s best barista, the best free pourer in the world or just a regular barista working in a regular coffee shop, the chances are you’ll have nothing on the Ripple.

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Honduras set for record breaking crop


Coffee farmers in the Central American nation of Honduras are set to reap the rewards of their sustained effort to battle coffee rust, many industry insiders are predicting.

Forecasts for the 2015-16 season that we have seen suggest that Honduras is set to bounce back from the debilitating disease in boisterous fashion. The country is believed to be readying itself for a bumper crop of some 6.11 million bags, a haul which would see them become the biggest supplier of beans in Central America and the third largest in Latin America.

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Kenyan politicians to investigate unequal coffee payments

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There’s trouble rumbling in Kenya – again.

Members of the Kenyan parliament have raised concerns about the payments provided by the government to some of the important agricultural areas, such as the famed Nyeri Country where some of the country’s best coffee is grown.

“We are seeing figures here,” began Mary Wambui, referencing the supposedly standardised payments, “but when you go to the ground it is a different thing.

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Frappuccino to fall foul of new San Francisco law


Public health initiatives are a good thing. Whether it be a concerted effort to get people active or by embarking on an advertising campaign to highlight to health risks associated with certain pastimes and products, generally, as a collective group, we’re all the better for them. Sometimes, a little gentle encouragement is enough; at other times we might need a jolt to the system.

In the United Kingdom, for example, there is legislation in place with ensures that health warnings are displayed on cigarette packing, often accompanied by a particularly startling image. Something I think that we can all agree isn’t a bad idea.

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Tata Starbucks to stop using banned ingredients


After some trouble importing a number of popular ingredients and confectionaries, Tata Starbucks has announced that they will only use ingredients that have been improved by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI).

Tata Starbucks is a joint venture between Tata Global Beverages and Starbucks, and they are one of the biggest coffee chains in India, though they lag some way behind the popular native brand Café Coffee Day.

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Coffee Smuggling: A modern-day problem


In relation to this story I was asked by a colleague “when somebody says smugglers, what do you think of?” My natural reaction – like many of yours I presume – was to associate smugglers with treasure, booze and drugs.

But, in Tanzania, coffee farmers, industry officials and government ministers are up in arms about a coffee smuggling operation that is seeing fresh beans transported into Uganda, denying the Tanzanian authorities – and many others to boot – lucrative export revenues.

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“Gathering coffee is for crazy people”


After battling off disease and inclement weather, a number of international news agencies are reporting that the coffee farmers of Colombia are facing a new problem that is potentially their most serious to date: a lack of workers to help pick their bumper harvests.

According to some reports, some towns and regions have resorted to unusual forms of advertising to draw in seasonal staff. But it seems that people aren’t that interested.

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Korean coffee shops adopting protective measures


There’s a popular website that pokes fun at Starbucks’ army of barista magical ability to get people’s names wrong. But that little bit of personal interaction is something conducted around the world in coffee shops and cafes, be it a simple question, up sell or positive passing comments. It’s something that we take for granted, whether we like it or not.

But that little conversation, no matter how small, isn’t happening in South Korea. The coffee shops remain open, customers come and go, but everybody is strangely silent. It’s as if everybody is an auto-pilot.

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Could their business go up in smoke?


Coffee shop owners in certain parts of Malaysia are up in arms over a the potential introduction of a smoking ban, saying that they’ll lose large amounts of revenue as customers will head elsewhere for their caffeine and pastry fix.

The Petaling Jaya Coffeeshop Association’s (PJCA) secretary, Keu Kok Meng, is one such outspoken critic of this proposal: “Smoking in coffee shops has come part of Malaysian culture. On many occasions, we see people going to coffee shops, not to have a drink, but to smoke.”

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