A Bold Alliance

Nestlé’s decision to purchase the perpetual rights to market Starbucks consumer and foodservice brands globally, outside the company’s coffee shops, was a bold move on the chessboard of global coffee.


Erna Knutsen, a longtime leader in coffee trading and the person credited with coining the term “specialty coffee,” passed away June 16, 2018. She was 97. more

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The European Food Safety Authority has awarded Unilever a positive opinion on its health claim that black tea improves people’s attention span. The EFSA endorsement is a first involving tea. more


The state Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, the state agency responsible for enforcing Proposition 65 warnings, made an unprecedented finding in June that will go a long way toward clearing coffee of an unjustified cancer-risk stigma. more

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Propisition 65

Photo by Larry Kozimor

The reason coffee sold in California must carry a warning label is to inform consumers of the potential hazard from drinking potential carcinogens. But what if the proven overall benefit in reducing cancers outweighs the potential harm? more


Shabnam Weber, a Toronto-based tea retailer and founder of The Academy of Tea, is the new president of the Tea and Herbal Association of Canada. more


Arabica production alone is expected to exceed Brazil’s entire 2017/18 crop in what the Brazilian state forecasting agency is predicting will be a record harvest. more


Nicaragua’s 44,000 coffee farmers are unable to reliably export coffee due to massive civil unrest that has closed transportation hubs. more



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Scientists have for the first time mapped the DNA of coffee-specific nematodes, a parasitic worm that feeds on plant roots. more


Keurig Green Mountain will build a new roasting and packaging facility in South Carolina. Once completed, the plant will create 500 new jobs locally. more


Two recent deaths from an overdose of caffeine prompted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in April to issue a new guidance. FDA is now soliciting comments. more


Volcanic Ash Covers Prime Guatemala Coffee Lands

Photo courtesy Fincas Verdes - Specialty Coffee and Nature

A massive ash cloud from the Fuego volcano descended on coffee farms to the north and east of San Luca in Antigua forcing thousands of coffee growers to flee. more

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During three decades as a product developer and troubleshooter, Nigel Melican has earned a reputation for applying an artful mastery of technology and insight that has improved tea manufacturing in 26 countries. more


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