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Forecasts of trends in tea and coffee flavors for the coming year are all over the place: ingredient varieties, geographic and cultural origins, customer motivations and demographics, and new categories. 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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Dozens of desirable specialty coffees that proliferate in Thailand are unavailable elsewhere. What will it take for these brands to “go international” and how can the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) assist? Read more

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Doi Chaang is among the very few Thai specialty coffee brands that have successfully established an international footprint, thanks mainly to company co-founder, John Darch. Read more

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The Coffee Nation

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While celebrating a record harvest of 61.7 million bags last year, Brazil was crowned the biggest consuming market in the world. Domestic coffee drinkers emptied 21 million 60-kilo bags of coffee in 2018, an increase of 3%. Read more

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Henry Yeo, founder of Young In Traders, has helped sustain the trend of premium coffee in Asia since 2001. He talks with STiR's Sherri Johns about sourcing, sustainability and more. Read more

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Affluence, emerging coffee cultures and a taste for premium specialty coffee drives Asian imports Read more

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The Specialty Coffee Association named six new members to its board of directors. Each term began Jan. 1, 2019. Read more

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SCA Tackles Coffee Pricing Crisis

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The Specialty Coffee Association launched a new initiative in December to investigate and address coffee prices and the effects on farmers around the world. Read more

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Not long ago, you couldn’t get a decent cup of coffee in the world’s most famous specialty coffee-producing country. Colombia is reclaiming its coffee riches. Read more

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The island nation struggles with infrastructure and consistency, but the government is keen on a coffee fix. Once done, roasters will have a lot to be excited about as Papua New Guinea returns as a specialty coffee mainstay. Read more

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Starbucks Opens in Italy

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Starbucks opened its much-anticipated Reserve Roastery in Milan, Italy, today to choruses of cheers and critiques. Read more

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Burundian exporter talks with STiR (coffee and tea magazine) about the challenges and opportunities of expanding coffee production and exportation in Rwanda. Read more

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dry coffee beans in farmer hand at plantation

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Logistics are critical but not a core element that interferes with direct trade agreements, so long as transactions are transparent. Read more

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China is entering the specialty coffee fray in a big way. The growth of specialty cafés and coffee houses has driven consumption since 1997 when Nestle, followed shortly after by Starbucks, first began investing in developing China's domestic market. Read more

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. Read more

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“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." Read more

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Creating a New Coffee Culture in Italy

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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. Read more

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