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This book is the story of a journey – the voyage of the humble coffee bean through time, space and form.

Your journey begins with dancing goats in Ethiopia, the birthplace of coffee. It quickly moves on to religious conflict in the port of Mocca, which at one time was the world’s only source of coffee. Western countries soon enter the scene, spreading precious coffee plants throughout their colonies, first to Java and Ceylon, then to the Caribbean, Africa and Central America. It is a tale of romance and intrigue, but one with an underbelly of suffering and exploitation whose dark history still shapes the world today.

The second stage of your journey begins in the coffee plantations and ends in your local coffee shop. On the way, the author will introduce you to the people – the growers, millers, merchants, roasters, and brand owners – who make this miraculous journey possible. They will share with you their love of the world’s favourite drink. They will explain how our little bean changes in form from bright red coffee cherries to light green beans to dark brown, aromatic roasted coffee. They will also tell you how they are changing the business of coffee for the better. It is a fascinating story.

If you are already in the coffee business, this book will widen your knowledge. If you are looking to learn more about the coffee business, this book will be your ‘go-to’ source. And if you just enjoy coffee, this book will add a new dimension to your daily ‘cuppa’.

Crop to Cup – Conversations over Coffee is available on Amazon as a paperback or an e-book

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Cocoa economics

Cocoa farmers in Ivory Coast went on strike last week in protest against the low prices they are currently being offered for their crop. They have also threatened to block port warehouses where more than 100,000 tonnes of cocoa have backed up due to a lack of demand. A farmers’ representative told Bloomberg that farmers …

Commodity Conversations Weekly Press Summary

The pressure is increasing on major trade houses to step up their commitment to end deforestation in Brazil after three small soy traders that supply Norway’s salmon industry committed to zero deforestation in their supply chain this week. Brazil’s oilseeds crushers association Abiove, however, refused to impose a “soy moratorium” on farmers in the Cerrado, …

Rising food prices

With grain and soybean prices reaching levels not seen since 2014, I expect that the media will soon be writing about global food shortages. There will be accompanying calls for governments to intervene to cap domestic food prices. There will also be calls to control the markets and ‘punish’ speculators. Last week already, a group …