The lines between coffee and the rest of the refreshment beverage category are blurring, which could mean a growth boom for coffee in the years to come. In a new Rabobank report, “Coffee Joins the Beverage Party,” we describe how coffee consumption is becoming an all-day affair. Instead of primarily drinking it at breakfast in the home, more and more consumers – especially younger ones – are enjoying it all day and away from home as it becomes more premium and more convenient. Younger consumers are forming a new relationship with coffee – one that invites increased innovation and branding, while opening up new consumption occasions. The potential negative trade off is that coffee could lose its traditional “health halo” as it gets closer to the world of sugary refreshment beverages. So far, there are no signs of slowing down – we estimate that the U.S. ready to drink (RTD) coffee segment should double over the next five years, making it worth $6 billion. More:

Coffee prices at the weekly Nairobi auction dropped seven per cent in last week’s sale after registering good performance in the previous sale. A report by Nairobi Coffee Exchange (NCE) shows a 50-kilogramme bag traded at Sh20,909 down from an average Sh19,897. The price, however, is expected to improve in the coming sales after quality crop started trickling into the auction. It has been experiencing a shortage of good quality crop in recent days forcing the trading to be suspended to accumulate enough crop to sustain the sale. NCE chief executive Daniel Mbithi said the main crop from central Kenya has been hampered by rains. “We have started receiving coffee from the main crop, but we are yet to get significant volumes given that its supply has been affected by rainy weather, which has slowed drying of the produce,” said Mr Mbithi.

Some of the finest and unique coffees of the world are produced in Guatemala. Coffee is Guatemala’s number one export contributing to the country’s growing economic status.
This particular coffee is called the Guatemala SHB EP Atitlán because it is grown on the slopes southwest shore of Lake Atitlán. It is claimed that Atitlán’s soil is the richest in organic matter and that 90% of traditional Atitlán is cultivated along the slopes of the intense volcanoes that overlook the shores of Lake Atitlán. The location of these coffee plantations is on the Pacific side of the region surrounded by 3 volcanic mountains. It is a region of great rains and every year it produces at least 5 mm of rain. The water from the lake is used for wet processing of the coffees. This coffee has a deep body, stunning acidity and fruit, and hints of chocolate and cinnamon. Also this coffee is an SHB EP which is the highest grade a Guatemalan can receive.

Colombia’s recovery in coffee output, and exports, will progress faster than had been thought this season, US officials said – but on an assumption of “normal” weather, even as ideas of La Nina grow. The US Department of Agriculture’s Bogota bureau pegged Colombia’s coffee output in 2017-18, on an October-to-September basis, at 14.7m bags, a 25-year high. The figure was 100,000 bags above the USDA’s official estimate, and represents a near-doubling in output from a low 7.66m bags reached six seasons ago, when production was dented by a drive to replant with trees resistant to the rust fungus which had badly hurt the country’s productivity. Indeed, the bureau’s output estimate reflects in part expectations of “more plants reaching their productive peak”. More than 420,000 hectares of the 940,000 hectares of coffee area in Colombia has so far been replanted, with renovation continuing at an average pace of 84,000 hectares a year.