Coffee and the Market: What Moves Prices

Jul 8 2014

In the last part of our Coffee and the Market series, we're taking a look at the various factors that can affect -- and are affecting -- the price of coffee. Some of them are a given. Others may surprise you.

Coffee and the Market: Specialty Coffee vs. Commodity Trading

Jul 8 2014

In the second part of our Coffee and the Market Series, we take a look at the differences between coffee traded as a commodity and specialty coffee bought outside the commodities market, why specialty coffee is worth the higher price and how the commodity coffee price affects the price of specialty coffee.

Coffee and the Market: An Overview

Jul 8 2014

Ever wonder who decides how much you pay for your coffee? The answer is a complicated one because coffee bean prices are driven by many different factors. If the latest headlines about coffee shortages and skyrocketing coffee prices have you in a panic, brew yourself another cup of coffee and relax. Here's a look at how the coffee market is structured and why the commodity market prices probably won't affect your specialty joe all that much.

Congratulations Kapo Chiu and Sweet Bloom

Jun 18 2014

We're sending out congratulations to Andy Sprenger and Sweet Bloom Coffee again. Want to know what they've done this time?

Two New Coffee Studies: Coffee Is Good for Your Eyes

How's your eyesight? A new study carried out at Cornell University suggests that a cup of coffee a day may help reduce age-related retinal damage. It's just one more health benefit in a growing list of good things about coffee.

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Cornell University: A cup of coffee a day may keep retinal damage away
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http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/2014/04/cup-coffee-day-may-keep-retinal-damage-away

SCAA News: 2014 Coffee Championship Winners

May 21 2014

We've got more followup from the recent SCAA big Event - this time, a quick look at the winners in the various arms of the U.S. Coffee Championships. These baristas and roasters made it to championship competitions at The Event via local and regional competitions. We were tickled to see a familiar name among the winners.

SCAA Event 2014: Best New Products

May 19 2014

More follow-up on the SCAA 2014 Event: Each year, the SCAA votes on the best new products of the year in both the professional and consumer sphere. This year held a few interesting choices on both ends of the spectrum. Look for some of these products to hit store shelves or coffee shops near you soon.

Kickstarter Highlight: La Fenice

May 12 2014

The last Kickstarter project we featured, the Acaia Minimalist brewing scale, was chosen Product of the Year in the consumer coffee category at the 2014 SCAA Event. We're pretty sure that the (fully-funded) La Fenice induction coffee maker will be just as popular. Here's a quick look at the new coffee maker from Milan.

Coffee: Americans Drinking Less but Better

The National Coffee Association's annual National Coffee Drinking Trends Survey is out and the news is good for the specialty coffee industry. While American adults are drinking less coffee on a day to day basis, they're increasingly turning to "gourmet coffee." Here's what else the NCDT reveals about what Americans like in coffee.

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National Coffee Association: Consumers Shifting to Gourmet Coffee Options
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http://www.ncausa.org/custom/headlines/headlinedetails.cfm?id=897&returnto=1

SCAA Sets the Standards

Apr 21 2014

With the specialty coffee industry focused on The Event in Seattle, it's easy to forget that the Specialty Coffee Association of America does a lot more than throw one heck of an annual party. It's also the body that sets the standards for high quality coffee, brewing equipment and brewing methods across the country. Want to know what the judges will be looking for in all those competitions happening this week? Here's a closer look at the various standards and criteria set by the SCAA.

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Two New Coffee Studies: Coffee Is Good for Your Eyes

May 26, 2014| by CoffeeKind

COFFEE-NEWS

How's your eyesight? A new study carried out at Cornell University suggests that a cup of coffee a day may help reduce age-related retinal damage. It's just one more health benefit in a growing list of good things about coffee.

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Category: NEWS
Tags: Chemistry, Trends

Coffee: Americans Drinking Less but Better

April 28, 2014| by CoffeeKind

national-coffee-drinking-trends-survey

The National Coffee Association's annual National Coffee Drinking Trends Survey is out and the news is good for the specialty coffee industry. While American adults are drinking less coffee on a day to day basis, they're increasingly turning to "gourmet coffee." Here's what else the NCDT reveals about what Americans like in coffee.

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Category: NEWS
Tags: Trends

Our Kind of Spring Break: SCAA Symposium and Expo

April 21, 2014| by CoffeeKind

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If we had our druthers, we'd skip the usual Spring Break haunts and make our way out to Seattle for the biggest annual homage to coffee in the U.S.A. The 2014 SCAA The Event kicks off Wednesday with a 2-day Symposium and continues through Sunday with exhibitions, interactive events and all the incredible coffee anyone could ever want crammed into one big weekend.

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Category: NEWS
Tags: Product, Trends

Attend CoffeeCon to Sharpen Your Skills

March 20, 2014| by CoffeeKind

Coffee Con News

Where can you learn about coffee tasting from George Howell, try your hand at making coffee in an ibrik, sip the best specialty coffee in the country all day and check out the latest and greatest coffee equipment on the market -- plus have a chance to win great coffee prizes every hour -- all for just $20? CoffeeCON is coming to a city near you, and it's where you want to be if you're expanding your coffee knowledge and skills.

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Category: NEWS
Tags: Brewing, Cafes, Trends

UC Davis to Study the Science of Coffee in New Center

March 10, 2014| by CoffeeKind

UC Davis Coffee Center

UC Davis isn't satisfied with teaching engineering students about the mechanics behind making a good cup of coffee. It's going for the whole field. The newly founded Coffee Center at UC Davis hopes to eventually offer a major in coffee science, something that no other institution does.

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Portola Coffee Lab Hosts Big Western This Weekend

February 21, 2014| by CoffeeKind

Big Western Portola Coffee

We'll be rooting for Portola Coffee Lab in this weekend's upcoming Barista's Cup competition. Portola is hosting as well as competing in the Big Western Regional Barista championship, happening this weekend. We wish them luck!

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Category: NEWS
Tags: Cafes, Espresso

Passion House Coffee Inspires Chicago Charcutier

February 6, 2014| by CoffeeKind

Passion House Charcutier

A couple of weeks ago, we featured an interview with Chicago's Passion House Coffee Roasters. This morning, we were delighted to find another Passion House fan who is doing some very interesting things with his favorite coffee.

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Category: NEWS
Tags: Trends

2014 Good Food Awards: Congratulations to 1000 Faces and Metropolis Coffee

January 20, 2014| by CoffeeKind

Good Food Awards Coffee
 

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Category: NEWS
Tags: Roasting

NPR: Coffee Myth-Busting: Cup Of Joe May Help Hydration And Memory

January 15, 2014| by CoffeeKind

Coffee Roasting

Do you avoid drinking coffee because you worry about dehydration? A new study may change your mind about that. That's just one new bit of info about coffee that you may not know yet.

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Category: NEWS
Tags: Chemistry, Health

Are Coffee Prices Going Up or Down?

December 13, 2013| by CoffeeKind

Are Coffee Prices Going Up or Down
The headlines in one newspaper warn that coffee prices are going up because of a shortage of coffee, while another newspaper reports that the prices paid for Arabica beans are falling because of oversupply. Which one is true? Both, and here’s why.

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