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The withdrawal of the United States from the International Coffee Agreement has forced the International Coffee Organization to reorganize due to a funding gap. more

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Six coffee championships are co-locating at the Coffee & Tea Russian Expo next March including the National Barista Championships and the national finals for the Tea Masters Cup Russia. more

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Costa Coffee, the world’s second largest coffee chain, has introduced a controversial policy allowing stores to refuse drinks to anyone under the age of 16. more

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The US continues to lead global coffee shop innovation across quality and product development, with Allegra World Coffee Portal recording healthy annual outlet growth of 3.8% in a fiercely competitive market. more

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The surprise October election of far-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro to lead Brazil initially bode well for the Brazilian real. Since then the real has fallen 12% for the year, an indication of political uncertainty and slow growth. more

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India tea exports are on the rise with gains in both value and volume this year — trends that the Tea Board of India intends preserve by aggressively combatting the typical year-end surge of stale tea. more

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The European Parliament in October banned all single-use plastic straws, coffee stirrers, cutlery, polystyrene plates, and even cotton swabs made with plastic, effective 2021. more

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In September the US began taxing $200 billion worth of Chinese goods at 10%, a rate that may rise to 25% in 2019. more

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Coffee retailers were granted a last-minute stay Oct. 15 prior to a California court imposing penalties for failing to post Prop 65 warnings in stores and on packaging. more

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A genetic map of Coffea arabica is now available for all to share. more

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Starbucks has pledged $20 million in temporary relief for Central American coffee growers placed in financial jeopardy by depressed coffee prices. more

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Coffee comfort was all that many shops could offer in the aftermath of devastating Hurricane Florence. more

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