Drinking coffee may have a benefit, besides the usual “pick me up” that many rely on to get their day started. But many who partake in the beverage have no idea of the impact that their caffeine habit has on coffee farmers across the globe. A new study published this week in the the   New […]

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 […]

Bruce Mckinnon is the director of Mission Brand which provides strategy tools for organizations primarily in the fair trade movement. Bruce started in fair trade in 1993 by developing the marketing to launch Cafedirect, the UK’s first fair trade coffee brand. After 4 years he joined Equal Exchange to evolve their brand and build their first marketing department. Bruce’s […]

As discussed by Ian Agnew of the Lorna Young Foundation , the certification of coffee has become increasingly prominent in the last 10 years. However, the wide spread use and variety of these certification systems raise some important and often difficult questions: Are these schemes producing the effects that they claim? How can consumer, producers and others make sense of the options […]