People of Specialty Coffee: An Interview With Caleb Nicholes

TJ Semanchin (left) & Caleb Nicholes (right), co-owners of Kickapoo Coffee Roasters What makes Kickapoo Coffee Roasters special? Our business is situated in the small progressive town of Viroqua (pop. 4500) in rural Wisconsin. Our county is home to more quality-focused organic farms per capita than anywhere else in the country. Living here has certainly …

Why is International Coffee Day Important?

By Peter Giuliano, Sr. Director of Symposium, SCAA October 1 is International Coffee Day. The “international” part of the holiday is important- there have been national coffee days for some time, but the international version is different- this year orchestrated by the International Coffee Organization to emphasize the importance of internationalist solidarity in coffee. As a …

The Future of Coffee Farming: Letter from the Editor

So often in our niche specialty coffee circles, we talk about the experience of coffee. We wonder whether we are providing our customers with the best, most authentic specialty coffee experience. We muse on the benefits or drawbacks of certain cafe layouts, and how each will improve or detract from the consumer’s experience, or how these …

The Intensification of Women’s Labor and the Future of Sustainable Coffee Supply

By Colleen Anunu When coffee buyers voice concern over the future of supply, they often list declining natural resources, market inefficiencies, and limited access to capital resources among many of the challenges that farmers face. Development economists argue that these constraints are further amplified by the “growing pains” of structural adjustment and economic transformation. Developing …

SCAA Sustainability Award Recognizes Leadership and Innovation in the Coffee World

As part of its mission, SCAA is actively involved in issues related to sustainability, and looks to its members to take leadership roles in sustainable practices. With this in mind, the Sustainability Council created the Sustainability Award in 2003 to promote, encourage, and honor the efforts of those serving as role models in fields of sustainability. …

People of Specialty Coffee: An Interview with Juan Luis Barrios

What are the biggest obstacles that today’s coffee farmers need to overcome to stay in coffee? Regardless of the size of one’s farm, I believe the biggest obstacle is being profitable on a consistent basis each year. This is quite challenging because there are many factors that are beyond our control: C-contract prices, climate, diseases …