Specialty Coffee Retail Price Index Jumps 8.1 Percent in Q2

The Transparent Trade Coffee project has released its Specialty Coffee Retail Price Index(SCRPI) for the second quarter of 2016, finding an 8.1 percent increase over the Q1 index price, and a 9.1 percent year-over-year increase against the Q2 2015 price. – read more – http://dailycoffeenews.com/2016/07/06/specialty-coffee-retail-price-index-jumps-8-1-percent-in-q2/

Robusta Price Spikes – Market Turnaround

A drought across robusta plantations this year has raised prices for the bitter-tasting type of coffee that’s usually the cheapest. In some cases, the beans are now more expensive than arabica, the variety preferred for high-end drinks because of its smooth flavor, and roasters are changing their blends.

“This change could result in an improvement in coffee quality,” said Nathan Herszkowicz, executive director of the Brazilian Association of Coffee Industries, a processors’ group. “Arabica beans have a more complex taste, …

First Ever – Coffee Catalog

World Coffee Research today released “Coffee Varieties of Mesoamerica and the Carribean,” a first-of-its-kind catalog of arabica coffee varieties designed for use by coffee farmers.

The catalog is available for free in English and Spanish (“Las Variedades de Café de Mesoamérica y el Caribe”) either in a 47-page printed version (available for download here) or through an interactive website. The nonprofit WCR also plans to distribute the catalog to thousands of coffee farmers through national …

Nitro Coffee

According to Mintel, sales of cold-brew coffee (coffee that is steeped, not heated) grew 339 percent from 2010 to 2015, with estimated sales reaching $7.9 million in 2015. From March 2015 to March 2016, iced coffee orders totaled 832 million at gourmet coffee, donut and bakery outlets, which was a 20 percent increase, said Bonnie Riggs, restaurant industry analyst at The NPD Group.

“This growth would mean customers are loving iced coffee and particularly innovative iced coffee, like last summer’s …

Starbucks Leads Sustainability Bond

Starbucks has issued the first US corporate bond for sustainability.

The implications of the fact that the world’s largest coffee retailer needs to leverage additional funds in order to bolster their sustainability efforts.

Let’s look at the publicly available information that shows what the bond will fund:

  1. Green coffee purchases that are CAFÉ Practices certified
  2. Technical assistance for farmers and applied research
  3. Loans to farmers

read more – http://bit.ly/1tk5SYf

Highlights – National Coffee Drinking Report

The National Coffee Association shares some hard numbers reflecting how younger buyers have shifted consumption patterns over the past eight years:

  • Daily consumption of espresso-based beverages has nearly tripled since 2008, according to the latest data from the 2016 NCDT.
  • Between 2008 and 2016, past-day consumption of gourmet coffee beverages soared from 13% to 36% among 18-24-year-olds, and from 19% to 41% for those age 25-39.
  • For espresso-based beverages alone, the jumps become 9% to 22% for the 18-24 age

Beat the Heat with Cold Brew

Cold Brew continues to grow. Starbucks Corporation announced a new line-up of cold beverages that will become the foundation for a new “cold bar” of coffee and espresso products. This new menu focused exclusively on the portfolio of cold coffee affirms the company’s ongoing investment in the category of iced beverages coming off of the highly successful, nationwide launch of cold brew last year in all company owned U.S. stores.

In addition to bringing handcrafted vanilla flavor to cold brew …

Cold Coffee Is Booming in the U.S.

The coffee industry is getting ready for its very own big chill.

Coffee makers from global giants JAB and Illy to smaller upstarts such as High Brew, La Colombe and Chameleon Cold-Brew are putting their brews on ice. They’re introducing high-end ready-made chilled bottled and canned coffee, betting U.S. grocery shoppers will embrace yet one more way to get their caffeine jolt.

Coca-Cola, Dr Pepper and other beverage makers are jumping in. And a Starbucks-PepsiCo partnership, which has long dominated …

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