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Tea in Africa: Diverse and Growing Markets

The African tea market is thriving with tea production expanding in East and Central Africa, and with consumption growing in the North and the West of the continent.

Posted 15 January 2018

Kenya’s Coffee Sector: On the Road to Recovery

After decades of stagnation, Kenya’s coffee-industry is on the road to recovery thanks to a government- driven initiative. And although many challenges still exist, there have been positive results and further growth is expected.

Posted 15 January 2018

The Cyber Hackers in Your Coffee

Coffee was one of the many industries affected by cyber attacks this year. Smart coffee and tea businesses understand that cybersecurity is both an operational threat and a long-term strategic business risk.

Posted 13 December 2017

Coffee, Tea & Alcohol: Bringing the Crafts Together

It may seem like an unnatural relationship, but as the artisanal aspects of coffee, tea and alcohol continue to evolve, so do the opportunities to bring the products together to create new items and incremental revenues.

Posted 13 December 2017

Man versus Machine

Harvesting tea leaves by hand or by mechanical devices is a highly topical question. Transitioning from man to machines is a major decision with many variables, which will heavily impact company investment and marketing strategy.

Posted 15 November 2017

The Advantages of Co-Packing

Co-packing has evolved to address the coffee and tea industries’ need for a one-stop shop. Collaborating with a co-packer also helps companies improve efficiencies and alleviate risk.

Posted 15 November 2017

A New Era of Japanese Black Tea

Japanese green tea is world renowned, but now it has some competition. Although small, black tea production is a growing industry in Japan and unlike green tea, is attracting young producers.

Posted 15 November 2017

New Technologies for Detecting Defects in Coffee

Defects in green beans plague the coffee industry, and finding defects continues to prove challenging. However, new methods to identify defects such as hyperspectral imaging and electromagnetic noses are emerging, but are they viable solutions?

Posted 15 October 2017

The Hidden Power of Coffee Fermentation

Fermentation – the time that pulped coffee spends in a tank before it is dried – is also an opportunity to impact flavour. Microbiologist Lucia Solis, who specializes in microbial demucilagination, explains how this method offers a consistent and predictable coffee fermentation process, reducing the risk of spoilage or defects in the cup.

Posted 15 October 2017

Sustaining Central America

Central America’s coffee growing regions consistently garner attention for exceptional cup quality and unique flavours. While responses to climate change are inherently location-specific, as adaptations must address the immediate conditions of each farm, the six nations of Central America are demonstrating how the collaborative development of customizable tools empowers everyone to adjust production techniques for the long term.

Posted 15 October 2017

Southeast Asia Coffee Markets Continue Unprecedented Surge

The rise of emerging markets across Southeast Asia for more than two decades has brought about a stunning rise in coffee consumption to the region’s already fast-expanding economies. From the biggest players in the traditional markets like the Philippines and Japan, to new giants such as China, South Korea, Indonesia and Vietnam, this is a welcome development for the coffee market and analysts expect the Asia coffee boom to set new records for world growth in coming years.

Posted 15 September 2017

ASEAN Coffee Consumption and Competitive Landscape

The Asia Pacific market is expected to continue to experience dramatic coffee growth in the coming years. However, local brands–and mixes–dominate, so international players looking to enter the ASEAN market must ensure their brands “feel local” and cater to local tastes.

Posted 15 September 2017