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MYTH: Coffee is Among the Most Traded Commodities on Earth

A commodity is any good exchanged during commerce, which includes goods traded on a commodity exchange. There are 99 categories of commodities according to the International Trade Centre (ITC). Coffee is a sub category within "Coffee, tea, mate and spices," category 9 in their list. It has often been said that coffee is the most traded commodity on EARTH - but is this true? No, coffee is not the most traded commodity on Earth, nor the most valued. Whether the measure is by quantity or value, coffee does not even make the top 100. We simply analyzed the statistical data on exported commodities that is available publicly from the ITC website from 2012 and 2013 to find these numbers. Coffee is traded at around 7...

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Coffee Glossary Terms

Below is an extended list at common phrases and coffee terminology used within the industry. We will be constantly updating this information, so be sure to check back.   AA Letters used to grade quality of a coffee bean. Kenya AA coffee beans, for example, pass through Grade 18 (18/64" diameter) sieve perforations, but are too large to pass through Grade 16 (16/64" diameter) sieve perforations.   Acidity The sharpness, snap, sourness, or liveliness of coffee.   Acrid A harsh sour taste. An acrid coffee can be described as tart, sharp, or acerbic.   Afterburner A device that heats the exhaust air from a roaster in order to destroy particulate and odors.   Air Roaster  An air roaster, or fluid bed roaster,...

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