Category: South America

COVID-19 Making Existing Matters Worse for Smallholder Farmers, HRNS Study Finds

The COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating a range of existing issues facing smallholder coffee farmers in some of the world’s most revered and productive coffee-producing countries, according to a recent...

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Sustainability Champion Angela Pelaez of RGC on Including Farmworkers

As the seed-to-cup narrative typically begins with coffee farmers, it thereby leaves out a critical group of people who make coffee production possible: farmworkers. Farmworkers remain the most vulnerable...

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Global Coffee Platform Launching Modern Day Slavery Initiative in Brazil

The nonprofit Global Coffee Platform (GCP) is launching a four-year initiative tackling the ongoing issue of modern day slavery in the Brazilian coffee sector. Organized in coordination with the...

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Colombia-Focused Coffee For Peace Running a Virtual Sourcing Trip

The organizers of the Coffee for Peace project are launching an event called the Virtual Buyers Caravan, designed to bring coffee farmers and potential buyers together online. The four-day...

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ICO Survey of Coffee-Exporting Countries Shows Pressing Concerns

The COVID-19 pandemic will continue to affect coffee supply chains as farmers and producers expect to experience prolonged labor shortages, increased production costs, diminished infrastructure and a reduction in...

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Coffee Economics with Karl: Forms of Coffee, Regional Transparency and Intermediaries

It’s been a few weeks since we’ve checked in with Karl Wienhold of the Colombian green coffee trading company Cedro Alto on his coffee economics series. The series is...

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A Remarkable Assessment of Direct Trade from Stumptown and Caravela

In mid-February, Portland, Oregon-based Third Wave coffee pioneer Stumptown Coffee Roasters, along with specialty coffee trading company Caravela Coffee, released the results of an impact report on direct trade....

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With a Disrupted Coffee Value Chain, Collaboration is Needed to Help Save Specialty

As the initial panic over COVID-19 begins to subside and coffee companies begin to look beyond their immediate, short-term concerns, specialty coffee sellers and buyers are beginning to take...

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COVID-19 and the Most Complex Colombian Coffee Harvest in Decades

Dotted throughout the sweeping hills and mountains of Antioquia lie thousands of coffee farms that have remained virtually unchanged for generations. Coloring the landscape with neat green rows beneath...

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How COVID-19 May Affect the Chain as Brazil Heads Into Harvest

Among the fresh crop of COVID-19-related question marks now floating around the coffee industry, few are larger than the ones involving Brazil, which is approaching its annual harvest. This...

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