China is now one of the world’s top arabica producing nations. more


A surge of global initiatives promote rights and harassment-free workplaces for women. more


Smallholder Innovation in the Nilgiri Hills more


bunte Kaffeekapseln

Patrick P. Palej - stock.adobe.c

Plastic single-use capsules are not easily recycled, not marine compostable, and definitely not yet green. more



Kirsten Mower

In terms of coffee, few countries can tell a rags-to-riches story as well as South Korea. more


Brazil Bets on Specialty Conilon

Photo byHarley Kalk da Silva (courtesy of Venturim Farm)

New clonals, post-harvest fermentation techniques, and better processing methods are some of the tools now used to produce high-quality conilon coffees in Brazil. more

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Creating a New Coffee Culture in Italy

Photo by Dan Shryock

Millions of espressos are served across Italy every day but few people are drinking single-origin arabica. The Specialty Coffee Association in Italy and a dedicated contingent of importers, roasters and café owners are trying to changing that. more


Juan Valdez Cafés

Photo by Anderson Avila Silva

Establishing a global chain of Juan Valdez shops has been a project for the National Federation of Colombian Coffee Growers for years. Now in its third incarnation, the chain once again is ready to take on the world. more


Coffee beans at a plantation after rain in Vietnam

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Vietnam intends to maintain its global position as the world’s largest producer of robusta, increasing both acreage and yield, while transitioning several promising growing regions to arabica. more


Korea’s specialty coffee market was once influenced solely outside the republic. That time has passed. During the last decade, Korea has transformed into one of the fastest growing specialty coffee markets for consumption and innovation. more


In 2018 bears are expected to continue to outnumber bulls. Depressed coffee prices resulted in less volatility with lower prices the past two years. This stability is due to arabica trading under $1.20. more


Dan Bolton,STiR managing editorFrom the Managing Editor:

China Readies for a Grand Entrance

China produced more than 2.6 million 60-kilo bags of coffee last year and is now the 12th largest producer in the world and the 7th largest producer of arabica. The country has readied itself for a grand entrance at the Specialty Coffee Association's annual conference and deserves a warm welcome.

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