10 things to know before visiting Colombia

Real Colombians drink cafe tinto

Colombia is synonymous with coffee, so it’s little surprise that the morning beverage is in such high demand that leagues of women walk Colombian cities serving it.

At first glance, these women may appear equipped to snuff out pests, but their mobile packs aren’t meant for exterminating bugs, they’re meant for pouring hot coffee.

A real Colombian, you’ll inevitably be told, takes the stuff black, or cafe tinto. Read More

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Colombia: The holiday destination with coffee on tap

After the colonial city of Cartagena and the Caribbean beaches, the Zona Cafetera is the biggest draw for visitors to Colombia – now more than ever – since it was declared a Unesco World Heritage Site in 2011 for its plantation-style casa cafetera houses.

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Is China entering Coffee Market?

Since its introduction in the late 19th century  of  coffee in China it hasn’t amounted to huge quantities of beans. China has long been a land of tea, and  with a deep love for these leafs . Nowadays, however, with  the growing young professional Chinese population looking for a taste of Western life, a change is happening. From the arabica plantations of rural Yunnan to the proliferating coffee shops of the big city, China’s cappuccino craze has an ever-growing number of companies frothing at the mouth. Read More

Why are colombian coffee growers in a strike?

Last week, Colombian coffee growers initiated a clash with security forces. They stopped working, blocked the road and demanded support from the authorities. Ten of thirty two parts of the country were affected by protests, at least 59 protesters were injured. The coffee crisis has already ruined thousands of small farmers.

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Colombian coffee growers on a strike!

“The strike shows that Colombian producers, who often set trends for the wider industry in Latin America, are struggling even if prices remain much higher than in previous downturns. Arabica coffee prices have fallen 55 per cent from a 30-year peak in 2011 of more than $3 a pound, but remain well above the low of $0.50 set in 2002. Higher production costs are a further problem.”

 

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The Stock Market’s Coffee Craze

Despite a recession, these are hot times in the stock market for the coffee business. Shares of Green Mountain Coffee (GMCR), which reported impressive earnings July 29, are up 169% in 2009. One small coffee wholesaler, Diedrich Coffee (DDRX), is up 6,650% this year.

Even beleaguered coffee chains are bouncing back from steep declines in previous years. Starbucks (SBUX) shares have risen 87% in 2009, while second-place rival Caribou (CBOU) has seen shares quadruple in value (up 311%).

It’s not that coffee drinkers haven’t cut back somewhat on their daily caffeine fix—at least outside the home. Last quarter, Starbucks’ same-store sales were 5% lower than the year before.

Changing the Business

But the coffee business has been surprisingly resilient in the face of the steep economic slowdown. At the same time, powerful trends—new technology, changing tastes, and new industry players—have made many coffee stocks powerful investments.

Green Mountain Coffee got investors’ attention with the success of its Keurig coffee brewers. Costing about $100 each, these brewers make single cups of coffee at home in about 30 seconds. “Every 10 or 15 years something comes around that changes the way people drink coffee,” says Scott Van Winkle, an analyst at Canaccord Adams. Easy to use and easy to clean up, “this is the new thing in coffee brewing,” he says, noting sales of the brewers were up 187% last quarter.

Hot times in the stock market for the coffee business

Even beleaguered coffee chains are bouncing back from steep declines in previous years. Starbucks (SBUX) shares have risen 87% in 2009, while second-place rival Caribou (CBOU) has seen shares quadruple in value (up 311%).

It’s not that coffee drinkers haven’t cut back somewhat on their daily caffeine fix—at least outside the home. Last quarter, Starbucks’ same-store sales were 5% lower than the year before.

Beleaguered coffee chains are bouncing back

Green Mountain Coffee got investors’ attention with the success of its Keurig coffee brewers. Costing about $100 each, these brewers make single cups of coffee at home in about 30 seconds. “Every 10 or 15 years something comes around that changes the way people drink coffee,” says Scott Van Winkle, an analyst at Canaccord Adams.