Global coffee prices to shrink as production increases

WORLD - International Coffee Organisation (ICO) reports that coffee prices are expected to further move southwards as the world production is expected to increase. According to the report by ICO, international market is expected to receive a total of 167.47 million bags of coffee in the 2018/19 financial year creating a surplus of 2.29 million…

Ethiopia to intensify coffee exports to China as demand grows

ETHIOPIA – As a major coffee producer in Africa, Ethiopia, is seeking interventions to intensify coffee exports to China in a quest to supply the growing demand of the commodity in the East Asian nation. This comes as Ethiopian based coffee roastaries and cafes in China record good performance and significant growth arising from the…

EU grants Uganda US$4.1m to boost coffee and cocoa sector

UGANDA - The European Union (EU) has granted Uganda US$4.1 million to boost the country’s coffee and cocoa industries. The grant agreement sealed by Uganda’s Finance Minister Matia Kasaija and the EU ambassador to Uganda, Attilio Pacifici seeks to boost the coffee and cocoa exports in the EU market. “This grant is aimed at value…

Café Africa collaborates with Tanzania government to boost coffee production

TANZANIA - Café Africa has joined hands with the Tanzanian government and the Agricultural Non-State Actors Forum (ANSAF) on efforts to boost coffee production and re-position the produce as the leading export crop, reports The Citizen. Spearheading the initiative, Café Africa, which was established to uplift the vision of Africa coffee sector mainly by conducting…

Starbucks local operator calls off expansion plan amid high operation costs

SOUTH AFRICA – Taste Holdings, the local licensee for Starbucks, has halted its ambitious expansion plans due to high operating costs and tight customer budgets, reports Business Day. Taste Holdings has so far opened 12 Starbucks outlets across Johannesburg, Pretoria and Durban and had hoped to have 45 stores open by 2020 – with a peak…

Nespresso partners Tinto to use 100% sustainably-sourced aluminium by 2020

SWITZERLAND - Nestlé's Nespresso brand has signed a new partnership with the European metal corporation, Rio Tinto use 100% responsibly sourced and certified aluminium in its coffee capsules by 2020. Nestle will become the first to use responsibly-sourced aluminium with the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) certification. This is a great milestone by the coffee brand…

Uganda receives US$1.5m equipment from aBi Trust to boost coffee production

UGANDA - Agribusiness Initiative Trust (aBi), a multi-donor entity devoted to private sector agribusiness development in collaboration with the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation has donated US$1.51 million worth of equipment to enhance coffee production in Uganda. According to the Monitor, the equipment included two trucks, motorcycles, scale metres, laptop computers, furniture and…

Government embarks on grand scheme to increase coffee production

RWANDA – The National Agricultural Export Board (NAEB), a commercial institution of the government of Rwanda has pledged to support coffee growers with the necessary essentials in a bid to increase coffee production. The reinforcement strategy will include provision of fertilizers and pesticides as well as reviving the collapsed cooperatives, according to New Times. "We…

Café Coffee Day targets a network of 2,500 stores in 7-8 years

INDIA - Café Coffee Day, a leading coffee chain in India plans to have a network of 2,500 stores in a period of seven to eight years as part of its expansion plans, reports ET Retail. The café chain owned by Coffee Day Global Limited, a subsidiary of Coffee Day Enterprises Limited, would add around…

Nespresso and Starbucks commit to support Puerto Rico’s coffee sector

PUERTO RICO – The Hispanic Federation, Nespresso, The Rockefeller Foundation, Starbucks, TechnoServe and World Coffee Research, have all made a commitment to support smallholder coffee farmers in Puerto Rico. The Hispanic Federation, together with actor Lin-Manuel Miranda and his family, have announced the launch of a five-year initiative to revitalize Puerto Rico’s coffee sector. According…