Responding to Climate Change: Building Community-Based Reliance

by Alexandra Katona-Carroll, on behalf of the Sustainability Council of SCAA In partnership with Dukunde Kawa Cooperative, PROGRESO, REDI and Thanksgiving Coffee Company This year, the SCAA’s Sustainability Council is proud to showcase the 2012 Sustainability Award project winner, Responding to Climate Change: Building Community-Based Reliance. The project focuses on sustaining the production of high quality …

Expanding Our Understanding of Sustainability: What We Can Learn from the Retail Food Industry about Employee Wellness

By Samantha Veide As members of the coffee industry we have an opportunity—and a responsibility—to consider our impact on local communities and workplaces, as well as the communities from which we source coffee. Tracy Ging, deputy executive director of the SCAA, asks a key question, “We’ve spent a lot of valuable time talking about how …

SCAA 2012 Special Event Lectures – Emerging Markets in Asia

During your time at The Event make sure to take advantage of all the educational lectures and presentations that will help you develop as a coffee professional. All presentations are given by respected members of the specialty coffee community and are geared toward promoting development within the trade.  This year, SCAA has implemented two Special …

New Research Update: The Impact of Coffee Processing on River Water in Ethiopia

By Emma Sage, Coffee Science Manager, SCAA A new study, published in the Journal of Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, has investigated the specific environmental impact of coffee waste on river water in the Jimma Zone of Ethiopia. This research was undertaken by collaborators from Ethiopian, US and Belgium Universities, as well as the local Jimma …

Developing a Development Approach for Coffee

by Andrew Sargent, Michael Opitz, and Jan von Enden Nearly a decade after the coffee crisis of 2000/2001 and the subsequent introduction of several industry efforts to address its causes, consequences, and related issues, poverty and environmental degradation continue to be widespread among the 20 million smallholders for whom coffee farming is an important livelihood strategy. …

Coffee Quality and Sustainability: The Issues Challenging and Changing Our World

 By Shauna Alexander Mohr  In the mid-1990s, before most industries were tackling sustainability, specialty coffee companies came together with NGOs and research institutions to address issues such as shade-grown coffee, organics and Fair Trade. 1996 marked the First Sustainable Coffee Congress at the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center. Four years later, Paul Hawken, in his keynote …