Mapping the Complex: Designing a Map of the Global Coffee Sector – 25 Magazine, Issue 11

It’s been one year since the SCA set up the Price Crisis Response (PCR) Initiative, a one-year project tasked with producing a report of recommendations on both short- and long-term actions we can take to alleviate the crisis. JENN RUGOLO sat down with the SCA’s Chief Sustainability Officer, KIM ELENA IONESCU, to explore one of...

Origins

Beyond the Stereotype – 25 Magazine, Issue 11

But, says JONAS LEME FERRARESSO, there’s more to the country than high volumes and cutting-edge crop technology – Brazil’s coffee crop has undergone enormous changes and many challenges over the past century-and-a-half. It’s not just that Brazil has held the title of the highest coffee producing country for so long that makes some associate “Brazil”...

Sustainability

The Cost Conundrum – 25 Magazine, Issue 11

ANDREA ESTRELLA, STEVE BOUCHER, and CHRISTOPH SAENGER share results of a recent research collaboration between the University of Muenster’s TRANSSUSTAIN research project, University of California Davis, and the International Coffee Organization that could help build an ongoing benchmark for farmer profitability. One of the reasons why a benchmark for farmer profitability doesn’t yet exist is...

Insight

The Fallacies of “Youth”: Finding New Solutions for Young People in Coffee Growing Communities – 25 Magazine, Issue 11

JOANNA FURGIUELE asks: Do we really understand why young people are leaving coffee, or are we making damaging assumptions that keep us from finding real solutions? In Latin America, 20 percent of the region’s total population is between 15 and 24, the largest proportion of young people ever in the region’s history.[1] Across Africa, there...

SCA Podcast

#91 | A Sixth Era of Coffee? Specialty and Sustainability in Historical and Anthropological Perspective | WOC Lectures 2019

This session brings together recent work on the history and anthropology of coffee in the context of a discussion about the role of specialty in rebalancing the fundamentals of the market. Professor Jonathan Morris presents an overview of the history of price volatility across the five eras of coffee history he has identified, with some...

Destinations

From Road to Cup: A Glimpse into Philippine Coffee – 25 Magazine, Issue 11

The metropolitan capital of Manila is a city whose growing fascination with specialty coffee seems to closely rival its obsession with karaoke ballads — that’s saying a lot, considering old school love songs are the norm on even the most rickety jeepney ride. Since the coffee rust invasion of 1889, the Philippines has largely remained...

Farmworkers

Together Is Better: Providing a More Equitable Return to Farming Communities

MIGUEL ZAMORA asks: How can the coffee industry provide a more equitable return? Through work with non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the specialty coffee sector has made tangible progress in some areas – but so much remains to be achieved when it comes to having sustainable livelihoods in coffee communities. Labor and human rights issues are far...