Technology & the Changing Role of Coffee Traders

By Rob Stephen & Hayden Kwast, Olam Specialty Coffee Over the past few decades, technology has changed the very nature of human interactions and relationships. Phone calls, letter writing, and in-person meetings have been complemented–and in many cases–replaced by social media posts, text messages, and video chats. The historically conventional and traditional coffee importer has …

People of Specialty Coffee: An Interview With Brant Curtis

Brant Curtis is the Director of Communication and Innovation at Curtis. How long has Curtis been manufacturing coffee brewing equipment? How did the company get started? We’re so stoked, because this year Curtis is celebrating it’s 75th anniversary, making it the nation’s oldest manufacturer of commercial coffee brewers. In 1941, my Great Grandfather (Wilbur Curtis) …

Selamat Datang pecinta kopi Indonesia!

By Evan Gilman and John Cossette (Royal Coffee, Inc.) SCAA welcomes this year’s portrait country, Indonesia, a diverse and fascinating archipelago of over 17,000 islands and hundreds of languages. Indonesia is the supplier of some of the world’s finest and most famous coffees, and the home of some of the world’s first coffee plantations. Coffee …

Sustainability at the Show: Reduce, Recycle, Report

By Kim Elena Ionescu, SCAA Expo, the biggest event of the year for the specialty coffee community, is a unique opportunity to model our commitment to insuring and improving coffee’s future. In 2016 we will continue hustling to make the event better than ever by both environmental and social measures, all the while recognizing the …