Please help us to define what makes great coffee – the ‘Black Gold Standard”

This is an extract from an article in the USA online newspaper, The Sentinal. It helps to highlight an issue that is becoming increasingly vocalised by those in the coffee industry; the distinction between trading fairly and of FairTrade certification. A number of responsible roasters and coffee shops (primarily independents) are building direct-trade relationships with producers, […]

Part of my role at the Black Gold Foundation is to encourage people who are involved in the coffee industry to write articles or comments for the BGF blog. There is no shortage of issues to write about but most people who agree to write for us or to provide comments all seem to be […]

Liz Evers has been the Communications Manager at Twin and Twin Trading Ltd since 2011. A long-time supporter of fair trade, she has a background in sustainable development and ethical finance. The name Twin may not be familiar to those outside fair trade circles. But this small, hard-working organisation is the driving force behind many […]

Interesting article about Bolivia’s budding coffee industry. It suggests that Bolivia could become a major player in coffee production since its wealth of high-altitude soil provides perfect refuge for beans as global warming forces crops to higher ground. Click here  to read the article by Jean Friedman-Rudovsky.

In the 1970s and 1980s, coffee was the leading export commodity for Kenya. By local standards, coffee growing areas were affluent with well-developed infrastructure. Children born in coffee growing households were assured of a decent education. Coffee co-operatives were a government unto themselves. They owned large investments across all sectors of the economy. Kenya’s economy […]