Category: economic sustainability

Coffee Economics with Karl: Coffee Farm Economics

In the last episode of Coffee Economics with Karl, Colombian coffee trading company Cedro Alto Founder Karl Wienhold touched on the difficult subject of coffee farm production costs. As...

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Nespresso Pledges Long-Term Support for Eastern DRC Coffee Sector

As part of its sustainability-focused, multimillion-dollar Reviving Origins program, Nestlé-owned Nespresso has announced a long-term program to help boost the coffee sector in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)....

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Rainforest Alliance Unveils Sweeping New Certification Program

Just over three years after leading agricultural certification agencies Rainforest Alliance and UTZ announced plans to merge under the Rainforest Alliance name, the group today unveiled its sweeping new...

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As Uncertainty Continues, Specialty Coffee Roasters Adapt Sourcing Plans

In the early weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic, it became clear that sheltering in place and social distancing created a range of retail market disruptions, and that these disruptions...

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A Chat with Janina Grabs on the New Book ‘Selling Sustainability Short’

Can private certification standards truly bring about more sustainable production practices? This is the question at the center of Dr. Janina Grabs‘ forthcoming book, Selling Sustainability Short? The Private Governance...

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In Case You Missed It: The ICO’s Landmark Coffee Development Report

Among the myriad corporate coffee promotional efforts, retail coffee giveaways and even a #coffeepledge to promote the work of coffee farmers last International Coffee Day (Oct. 1) was a...

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As Prices Sagged, the Business of Coffee Sustainability Surged in 2019

As commodity coffee prices sagged at historic lows throughout much of 2019, many of the world’s largest coffee buyers held their tongues as tightly as they pulled their purse...

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With $25 Million Credit Line, NKG Launches Global Farmer Support Initiative

Germany’s Neumann Kaffee Gruppe (NKG), which owns 49 coffee-related companies in 27 countries, has launched a long-term, bank-backed sustainability initiative called NKG Bloom. At the center of the initiative...

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Ethiopia and the European Union Launch $16.5 Million Coffee Project

The Ethiopian government and the European Union have officially embarked on a €15 million (approximately $16.5 million USD), five-year program designed to boost the Ethiopian coffee sector. The program,...

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