Two decades of tea company acquisitions failed to offset frustratingly sluggish growth that convinced Unilever executives to jettison its tea portfolio despite a dependable €2 billion (US$2.3 billion) annual turnover. Read more

Tea Report

A 14-year study of 365,000 people suggests that tea and coffee drinkers are 32% less likely to suffer a stroke when compared to non-drinkers. Read more

Tea Report

Coffee production in East African grower Uganda in the new 2021-22 crop cycle that started on Oct. 1, will reach 5.95 million 60-kilogram bags, private and public coffee industry officials said this week. Read more

Coffee Report

Growing use of intellectual property (IP) in the coffee industry holds the potential to become one of the most efficient ways to protect coffee as a product and ad brand value Read more

Coffee Report

Covid-19 changed so much about our day-to-day lives – including the very way we take our cup of joe in the morning. Read more

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The Neumann Kaffee Gruppe (NKG) is the world’s leading green coffee service group covering all aspects of coffee from cultivation and farm management, export and import operations... Read more

Coffee Report

Coffee production in Ethiopia, Africa’s largest coffee grower and the birthplace of Coffea arabica, will rise 0.3% to 7.62 million 60-kilogram bags in the new 2021-22 crop cycle, for which physical harvesting started in October Read more


Organized protests by thousands of Sri Lankan growers compound disruptions in the tea sector, leading to a projected 25% decline in production and export revenue. Read more


The global tea community, concentrated in countries under severe climate duress, closely monitored and generally applauded Sunday's agreement to facilitate carbon emissions credits. Read more


He was a writer, an academic, a thinker, and a teacher. He studied English literature at Balliol College, Oxford; a love of books and words endured throughout his life. Read more


Coffee equipment from roasting solutions to grinding machinery for both the home and retail market experienced new growth in the last two years, industry officials said this week. Read more


Coffee production in the Philippines goes back an extraordinary 280 years. But started out as a story of many new small growers in the mid-1800s evolved into one of the most exciting coffee origins in the world. Read more


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Travel Envy – Revenge Spending – Production Down in the Top Three!

We are downright envious of all of you who get to travel these days. We get a contact high listening to the detailed step-by-step stories we extract from friends and business colleagues flying here and there around the US, popping in on a crowds-free Venice or snapping pictures on a deserted Acropolis. But we secretly hate your guts! Those of us in beautiful Thailand are stuck here due to lingering Covid-19 restrictions.  We’re not ones to miss many major coffee or tea exhibitions, but leaving Thailand these days means subjecting oneself – upon return here – to a mandatory 14-day, prisoner-in-a-hotel quarantine, and that’s a non-starter as far as travel goes. (And, we have to admit,  there are many worse places to be “stuck” than Thailand.)

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