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Few Americans can assess the immense impact of tariffs on every Chinese import, but they will easily notice the difference between a $6 box of 100 teabags and one that sells for $7.50. Read more

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Starbucks borrowed $1 billion on behalf of ethical and sustainable coffee growers. The third and largest in a series of bonds attracted investors favorably impressed with returns from smaller offerings in 2016 and 2017. Read more

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A new headquarters to house InterAmerican Coffee and Rothfos Corporation will open this summer in Hoboken, New Jersey. Read more

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Coffee Boosts Performance

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Projections for a good harvest, despite 2019 being an “off harvest” year, sent coffee prices to 10-year lows. The monthly average compiled by the International Coffee Organization (ICO) fell to 94 cents per pound in April. Read more

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China ships very little coffee to the US but it is America’s largest supplier of green tea. The World’s Top Exports website, using data compiled from the US Department of Agriculture, lists China as the world’s top tea exporting nation. Read more

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The managing partner of the David M. Neumann Kaffee Gruppe talks about coffee pricing, climate change, global trade and consolidation across the coffee industry. Read more

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Thai Specialty Winners Top $400 Pound

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Results of this year’s Thai Specialty Coffee Awards, a countrywide coffee competition, rivaled well known and marketed global coffee competitions and auctions with a winning bid of $418.48 per pound. Read more

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David Hogg, chief agriculture advisor at the Naandi Foundation in India, talks about the Araku Coffe Project, production, and sustainability. Read more

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Starbucks says it will commit $100 million to Valor Equity Partners, which has established Valor Siren Ventures to explore new ideas and retail technologies “relevant to customers, inspiring to partners, and meaningful to Starbucks business.” Read more

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The Colombian Coffee Growers Federation plans to bypass the coffee commodities market and establish a price floor of $1.50 per pound to ensure Colombian growers recover their cost of producing approximately 15% of the world’s coffee. Read more

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India withdrew most favored nation trading status with Pakistan immediately following a suicide bombing that killed at least 40 national police and injured hundreds more. India then imposed a 200% duty on any goods imported from Pakistan. Read more

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Coffee grown in full sun generally produces higher yields but researchers at Columbia University and Cornell who applied an economic model to shade-grown coffee suggest farmers will benefit from higher price premiums. Read more

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