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Russia became the seventh importing member of the International Coffee Organization (ICO), joining the European Union (EU), United States, Norway, Switzerland, Tunisia and Turkey under the International Coffee Agreement, formalized in 2007.

The worldwide export of coffee fell by 2.6% in March, compared to the same month of 2014 were shipped 9.983 million bags of 60 kg compared to 10,250 million bags in March 2014. Information is from the International Coffee Organization (ICO).
The world export in the first six months in coffee year 2014/15 (October 2014 to March 2015) fell by 3.3% compared to the same period last year, from 54.897 million to 53.084 million bags.

People who drink four to six cups of coffee a day may be less likely to develop multiple sclerosis, according to an international research published on February 26th. "Caffeine intake was associated with reduced risk of Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases," said study author Ellen Mowry, of Johns Hopkins Medical School in Baltimore, Maryland, in the United States. "Our study shows that coffee intake may also protect against multiple sclerosis, reinforcing the idea that the substance may have protective effects on the brain," he added.

It may seem an exaggerated amount, but five cups of coffee a day can prevent a number of diseases, according to a health report by the US government.
Experts who make up the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee a group that helps the US to formulate dietary guidelines, from school meals to packaging labels, indicate that consumption may decrease the risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, Parkinson's disease and liver cancer.

The ICO publishes in a monthly basis, the Report on Coffee Market. In the January 2015 edition, highlights, with regard to Brazil, the time observed was the main driving force in coffee prices, which first rose, then fell again. The drought in Brazil in early January pushed up prices. The forecast of rain for the end of January, however, interrupted this brief recovery. However, the rainfall levels in Brazil are still below average, compromising the crop of 2015/16, the report shows.

Coffee production in Colombia in 2015 should be between 12.5 million and 13 million bags of 60 kilos, an increase over the previous year, with favourable weather, the incorporation of new coffee plantations to the industrial park and increased productivity said the manager of the National Coffee Growers Federation on Thursday.

Researchers from Embrapa (Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation) and UNB (University of Brasilia) have identified novel peptides in coffee.
These protein fragments have an effect similar to morphine, i.e., analgesic and anxiolytic action, with a positive difference: the duration of these effects was significantly higher.
The identification of the peptides came when the researchers Vinecky Felipe and Carlos Bloch were looking for coffee genes associated with the improvement of product quality.

The consumption of up to four cups of coffee a day can reduce the risk of diabetes type 2 by 25%, according to a study by the Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee (ISIC) in Switzerland, published last Thursday.
Research indicates that the risk of suffering from diabetes type 2 drops 25% when there is an intake of up to four cups of coffee per day, with the danger of developing the disease can decrease from 7% to 8% with each additional cup.

The global coffee market will be in deficit of 800.000 60kg bags in the 2014/2015 season, by crop losses from drought in the Arabian world's largest producer, Brazil, and problems caused by fungal disease in Central America, said an official of the International Coffee Organization (ICO).
Nevertheless, the world has enough to meet the projected consumption of 146 million bags stocks, said on Friday (7/11) to Reuters the CEO of ICO, the Brazilian Roberio Oliveira Silva, during a conference in Ethiopia.

Coffee production in Honduras, the main producer of Central America, should reach 5 million 60-kg bags in 2014/15 (October 2014 to September 2015) season, which corresponds to an increase of 8.7% compared with the current season 2013/14 m estimated 4.6 million bags. The survey report is part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).


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