Hawaii plans a fight back against the borer

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It has been a few months since we turned our attention to the island state of Hawaii, the only part of America which grows coffee.

At the turn of the year we reported that farmers on the island were facing a period of uncertainty as the investment firm Lehman Brothers acquired large swathes of land on Ka’u, and were planning to sell it – including parts on which coffee was grown – off.

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Technology is far away at Faraday’s

re-wried coffeeWhat do you do when you’re having a cup of coffee at your local coffee shop? Do you quietly settle down for an hour or so with a book, spend time with friends and gossip time away or do you use this ‘down’ time to browse the internet, use social media to the nth degree and crack on with that pesky assignment?

If you’re in the latter category we suggest that you avoid the Faraday Café in Vancouver.

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After coffee flavoured wine comes cappuccino flavoured crisps

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What is it with these summer months that are making everybody go coffee crazy?

We wouldn’t normally complain about such a turn – consider that we absolutely adore the stuff – but there comes a point when you begin to wonder if certain lines have been crossed. The creation of coffee flavoured wine was one, and now there has been another debatable concoction that is set to hit the shelves in the not too distant future

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Beating the sixty-shot Starbucks

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The record for creating the biggest and most outlandish drink at Starbucks has been broken. Again.

It wasn’t too long ago that we all lived in a simpler age where people simply grabbed their coffee and either drunk whilst casually skipping down the street humming along to classic 1990s pop songs, or grabbed their cub and became at one with the furniture and stayed rooted in coffee shops to talk about life, love and politics. Those were the days.

Then, one day, everything changed.

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Doubts once again circle the Kenya Planters Cooperative Union

coffee-spikeYears ago the Kenya Planters Cooperative Union (KPCU) was the pride of the nation’s coffee industry, but the bubble burst. The livelihoods of farmers across the country were put under threat and the coffee miller itself entered administration on more than one occasion due to lingering debts.

But now with an agreement in place with the Kenya Commercial Bank, and under the guidance of a number of multinational coffee firms, it is about to re-enter the sector once again.

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Costa opens up in Cornish Academy

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Months of playground gossip has come to an end after a school in Cornwall acknowledged that building work would soon be undertaken to convert an old, redundant classroom into a Costa Coffee outlet.

The café inside Camborne School and International Academy (CSIA) will be the first Costa branded coffee shop inside school in Cornwall, but, surprisingly, not the first in England.

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Finally, green takeaway cups are here

Green Your Cup

You’re on your way to work and you nip into the local coffee shop and a drink ‘to go’. Heading back out and into the swathe of people that are getting on with their daily commute you eventually finish your much needed morning brew and drop your now empty takeaway cup into the nearest bin and carry on. It’s a routine that millions of people like you have, and one that is repeated day after day, week after week.

But did you know that the cup you had and discarded most likely cannot be recycled?

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EPRC push the Ugandan government to help the coffee industry

 

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There are countless benefits associated with coffee, but its ability to provide for families and act as a major source of income for people is perhaps its most powerful. That’s why the government of Uganda has been asked to improve coffee production in northern regions as part of a wider reaching initiative to reduce poverty in the African country. 

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Kenyan Governor wants to cut out the coffee middlemen

Kenyan coffee beansKenyan governors are pushing for the national government to permit them to sell coffee directly on the international market, bypassing numerous middlemen in the process.

It is hoped that if the request is passed, regional farmers will be able to see their profit levels increase which would benefit all involved with the local coffee industry.

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Vietnamese stockpiles held back as market rise is predicted

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Reports coming out of Vietnam appear to suggest that the majority of coffee farmers in the country are sitting on the smallest reserve of beans for a number of years, despite an impressive growing season.

Reserves were predicted to be around 15% of the total coffee grown and this, combined with a forecasted weaker harvest next time around, could, it is believed, bolster future prices later on down the line Thanhnien News report.

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