Juan Valdez Cafés

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Juan Valdez Cafés

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.


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

Feb 28, 2018 12:00 AM Features

“This business is all about establishing relationships. We are actively trading on behalf of 300 companies, large to small, and some of those relationships are 25 years in the making." more

Feb 28, 2018 12:00 AM Features

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

Feb 28, 2018 12:00 AM Features 1 Comments

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

Feb 28, 2018 12:00 AM Features

Everything we see, taste, and feel is an intricate blend of chemicals. Like a primeval alphabet, they’re the fundamental units that define everything in the natural order. Coffee is no exception. more

Feb 28, 2018 12:00 AM Features

Third-party certifications heralded as progressive solutions are souring for producers as the priority of marketing engagement trumps poverty relief. more

Feb 27, 2018 12:00 AM Features

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

Feb 27, 2018 12:00 AM Features

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

Feb 26, 2018 12:00 AM Features

Q&A: Michael Gaviña

Photo courtesy F. Gaviña & Sons

Michael Gaviña is the incoming chair of the National Coffee Association. He is a fourth-generation executive at F. Gaviña & Sons, Inc., responsible for pricing raw materials and managing inventory. more

Feb 26, 2018 12:00 AM Features

Starbucks’ Arrival May ‘Wake Up’ Italy

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Starbucks’ announcement that it would open a roastery in Milan prompted skepticism in the mainstream media. In an informal survey, however, Italian importers, roasters, and café owners, support for the retailer’s arrival was nearly unanimous. more

Feb 23, 2018 12:00 AM Features

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