Students serve up a dream trip to Disney World for campus barista


Students, they’re the absolute worst aren’t they?

All they do is sit around, drink coffee and help fuel the gentrification of urban areas thanks to the combination of an abundance of free time and in some cases the abundance of maintenance loans, or payments from Mum and Dad.

Worse still, they hog all the best tables and abuse the (often) free WiFi.

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Nespresso to promote South Sudanese Coffee

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South Sudan gained its independence for Sudan in 2011, but for the majority of its brief existence, and indeed in many of the years prior to its formation, the lands that make up the fledgling nation have been locked and ravaged due to internal strife and Civil War.

In December 2013, barely eighteen months after breaking away from Sudan, a political power struggle broke out, which in turn drew accusations of a political and militarily coup d’états. From this, rather predictably, further armed conflicts have broken out.

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Peet’s Tea & Coffee Buys Stumptown


It’s the story that’s front and centre of the coffee world today, appearing everywhere from industry-specific online magazines right the way through to global finance websites and every other news entity in-between. We are of course referring to Peet’s Coffee & Tea’s takeover of the popular third-wave chain Stumptown.

“It is with great enthusiasm that we welcome Stumptown to the Peet’s family,” said Dave Burwick, the CEO of Peet’s Tea & Coffee. “Stumptown is an innovative leader in premium and cold brew coffee, and we’re excited to support and further elevate their presence while extending their reach to more consumers.”

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“Winning comes naturally to me”


“In 2007, my friends and I pooled [our] resources together to start a coffee washing station. We chose Muyongwe because there are many coffee farmers [there] whom we wanted to support,” explains Antoine Urimubenshi.

Urimubenshi’s washing station, less than a decade old, has already become one of the processing facilities in Rwanda. Over the years it has scooped up numerous awards for the quality of the coffee it helps produce.

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El Nino to limit Indonesia’s coffee harvests


Insiders and analysts may all differ on the figures, but the market traders and industry predictors appear to be united that coffee harvests in Indonesia are likely to be down this year.

Indonesia is currently the world’s third-biggest producer of coffee.

The dip in production levels will be caused by the disruptive El Nino weather pattern, which is believed to be the strongest it’s been in nearly two decades.

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More mergers probable, says Illycafe boss


After informing attendees of the Global Coffee Forum in Milan that we could be heading towards a coffee catastrophe, Illycafe boss Andrea Illy has been suggesting that the next few years could be all about consolidation as business began to worry about tougher competition and decreasing margins.

Recently D.E. Master Blenders and Mondelez International, two of the world’s biggest coffee companies, joined forces to create Jacobs Douwe Egberts and this new conglomerated entity is expected to have a near 20% market share, second only in the industry to the Swiss giants Nestle.

Speaking to the website Agrimoney, Illy hinted that there may be other deals “cooking” that everybody bar those involved are in the dark about.

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A Shortage of Coffee Looms


Speaking at the Global Coffee Forum in Milan, Andrea Illy said that the world needs another coffee producer, of comparable size to Brazil in terms of output, in order to prevent a predicted global shortage from occurring within the next ten years.

Illy, the chairman, chief executive and all-around head honcho of Illycafe, the famous Italian coffee roasters, stated he expects there to be a shortfall of forty to fifty million bags as climate change, low prices, pests and disease lower harvests’ yields.

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Tanzanian Coffee Prices Rise in September


At the most recent coffee auction in Moshi, Tanzania, the average price of Tanzanian grown coffee rose: The cost of arabica went up by $2.23 per 50kg bag whilst the cost of robusta jumped up by $4.57 per bag.

During the auction, 21,154 bags of arabica were put forward for sale and a total of 20,331 were sold. However, this represents a slight decrease from the beginning of the month when 23,236 bags were offered.

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China: The Next Big Thing


Sales of tea in China may eclipse those of coffee by a ratio of ten to one, but the growth of the coffee sector in the country is “growing at double digit rates, and shows few signs of slowing,” according to a report from the International Coffee Organization (ICO).

Thanks to its huge size, the country has, in recent years, been primed for expansion and as such numerous domestic, continental and global chains have moved in to take advantage of an eager and emerging audience for coffee.

Any debate surrounding China’s importance to the global market has probably been kyboshed.

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