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 …

Nominations Being Accepted for 2016 Annual Recognition Awards & Sustainability Award

Nominations for SCAA’s Annual Recognition Awards are now open! These prestigious awards will be presented at SCAA Expo featuring Re:co Symposium in Atlanta, GA this upcoming April. We encourage you to nominate a member of the coffee community to be considered for selection by filling out and submitting one of the forms linked below. The deadline to …

Highlights of NCA’s Coffee Summit from SCAA Director of Sustainability

The National Coffee Association (NCA) Coffee Summit, held at the end of last month in Austin, Texas, was dedicated to sustainability discussions and digging deeper into key issues for the coffee industry. Participants split their time among activities that included self-directed group discussions, learning exchanges, directed interactive forums, traditional presentations, and more. Session topics included Sustainability Beyond Origin, Single-Serve and its Journey to a …

How Can We Make Coffee Better: Letter From the Editor

The specialty coffee supply chain is intricate and complex, consisting of many different and connected parts. Along this chain, coffee is vulnerable to threats that impact not only quality, but also its very existence. Every day, coffee fights for survival, confronted with erratic weather patterns, disease and pests, drought, as well as labor shortages and …

The CO2 Coffee Project: A New Model for Sustainability

By Kassy Holmes, The Rainforest Alliance In the coastal coffee-growing region of Oaxaca, Mexico, indigenous communities, conservation organizations, coffee traders, and cooperatives have come together to launch an innovative model for combating deforestation, promoting climate-smart coffee production, and fostering resilient livelihoods for farmers already facing the challenges of climate change. Oaxaca once exemplified Mexico’s diversity …

Why Learn About the Cost of Production?

By Chad Trewick, Reciprocafé, LLC The coffee industry—and not only the specialty sector, although we lead the charge—is gradually realizing the future threats to its raw material supply, green coffee. Rising cost of production eroding earning potential, increasing competition from alternative economic activities, and market price volatility are all weakening our value chain due to …