National Mar 1, 2020

Kagoshima isle has sights set on brewing its own cup of joe

A project is underway to produce premium coffee from beans grown on Tokunoshima, an island in Kagoshima Prefecture, on a commercial basis. The project was launched in June 2017 by beverage-maker Ajinomoto AGF Inc., major trading house Marubeni Corp., the town of Isen and the ...

Business / Tech Dec 6, 2019

Nonprofit and IBM to sell 25-cent AI devices for analyzing soil

A piece of paper no bigger than a business card could enrich struggling coffee farmers and their soil, a growing challenge as temperatures rise and prices fluctuate. Enveritas, a U.S. nonprofit, signed an agreement with International Business Machines Corp. on Thursday to pilot the AgroPad, ...