Cannabis Worth $7m Found Inside Cambodian Coffee

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The Cambodian police showed off their latest haul earlier this week as they paraded around 1.5 tonnes of marijuana that had an estimated street value of nearly $7m.

Rightly pleased with themselves, this was another victory for the police force who are currently ploughing resources into an ongoing operation to crackdown and eradicate the drugs trade in the country.

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Host cities announced for WCE events

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The World of Coffee Europe (WCE) will be taking in the sights and sounds of Hungary, the Netherlands and Germany over the course of the next few years as the Speciality Coffee Association of Europe (SCAE) announced the host cities for the 2017, 2018 and 2019 events.

In 2017 WCE, Europe’s premier speciality coffee festival, will head to Budapest. The following year, Amsterdam is the venue whilst in 2019 the WCE will be held in the capital of Germany, Berlin.

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NUCAFE wants to strengthen coffee legislation

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Ever since the National Coffee Policy was formed back in 2013, coffee farmers in Uganda, under the leadership of the National Union for Coffee Agribusiness and Farm Enterprises (NUCAFE) have been somewhat engaged with the country’s policy makers. Now, they’re embroiled in a fresh bid to ensure that some changes are implemented; changes that it is hoped will increase efficiency and coffee production in the African nation.

A number of farmers believe that the existing rules – which are predominantly controlled by the Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) – are limited and could be improved upon.

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Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte will now contain pumpkins

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We’ve noticed that the days are getting shorter and the nights that bit longer. Coupled with an alarming change in weather that has seen the sun depart for a vacation, we’re feeling pretty safe that autumn is in the air.

Winter follows autumn, so therefore we’re entering the time of the year when flavoured coffees become the craze and every man, woman and child loses everything over the annual return of the #PSL.

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Corn is taking over from coffee in the Philippines

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The topography of the Kalinga Province, a landlocked region in the northern Philippines, is perfectly suited to coffee farming: Rugged and sloping, with various mountain peaks providing altitudes of up to 2,500m and plenty of arable land.

However, despite some progress in recent years, the coffee industry in the Philippines seems to be fighting something of a losing battle at the moment as more and more farms are ditching the bean and opting to grow corn.

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Nestle to help improve the Vietnamese coffee industry

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Vietnam still has a long way to go to overhaul Brazil in the global coffee production stakes, but that isn’t going to stop them – and Nestle – from trying to topple the South American nation and ascend to the top of the coffee totem pole.

Figures, published by the U.S Department of Agriculture indicate that despite suffering a tumultuous 2013-14 harvesting season, Vietnam is set to claw the ground that they’ve lost to Brazil back in the coming years.

The projections are certainly positive.

However the real intrigue is Nestle’s role in Vietnam’s lofty ambitions.

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Processing facility to built in Nakaseke, Uganda

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With the aid of a $60,000 grant from the central government, farmers in the Nakaseke District of Central Uganda are looking to create their very own coffee processing and agricultural factory, local press reports.

In addition to a dedicated space for coffee farmers to sort their crop, the facility, which looks set to be erected in Kamuli Parish, Kikamulo, will also be home to a maize milling machine.

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20,000 jobs could go in Puerto Rico, local association believes

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Up to 20,000 jobs could be lost  if the Puerto Rican government continues to dictate minimum pricing structures, says Edwin Soto, the president of the Puerto Rico Association of Farmers.

At the moment, the island’s Consumer Affairs Department (commonly referred to as DACO) have decreed that local roasters must may at least $379 per 100kg of domestically produced coffee.

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