The coffee industry has an enduring poverty crisis that, despite decades of various interventions and initiatives, doesn’t seem to be letting up—at least, not at scale. As many as 80% of the world’s coffee producers live below the poverty line, and farmers receive significantly less money per pound of coffee than they did thirty years […]
Take a stroll around coffee websites, packaging, and social media, and you’re sure to encounter language like ethical, sustainable, and fair. It sounds great—who doesn’t want to support fair and ethical sourcing? The problem is, the economics of coffee aren’t so rosy as the buzzwords imply. Underneath the marketing language exists an industry that’s working […]
Coffee shops based in the United States are about to be granted access to the largest financial program ever created that targets the restaurant and foodservice sector. When Congress passed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan in early March, the stimulus included a whopping $28.6 billion allocated to the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF), the first […]
During the pandemic, global retail e-commerce traffic skyrocketed a mind-blowing 22 billion monthly visits, as consumers shopped online for everyday household items like coffee. While ecommerce coffee businesses were hot before—thanks to popular subscription boxes like Trade and Mistobox—COVID-19 solidified this revenue stream as a necessity for all of us involved in the coffee industry. […]
Coffee subscriptions have been around for over a decade, but in 2020 they reached a height nobody saw coming. Trade, the JAB-backed subscription company, grew 400% at the start of the pandemic. Square’s annual report showed that the average subscription run by coffee shops and roasters doubled in size.
The major upsides to roasting coffee in-house, rather than buying via a wholesaler.