Sustainability Webinar: Farm Profitability and Prosperity #3

Update: Thanks to all who joined us for this third webinar in our Sustainability series on Farm Profitability and Prosperity recorded live on Thursday, November 15th, at 8:00 am PST / 4:00 pm BST. Watch the recording above. The SCA Sustainability Center is hosting a third webinar with the Farmer Profitability and Prosperity working group …

Business Insights from the Square Coffee Data Report and the Retail Sentiment Index (RSI)

By Heather Ward The independent coffee shop is an integral part of so many neighborhoods. It’s a space where communities come together. But with that independence comes the unique challenges of running a small business, while seeking to make coffee more sustainable from the farmer to the barista. In order to achieve both, information is …

Food Security and Coffee: Ending Seasonal Hunger

Excerpt from KIM ELENA IONESCU’s introduction of the newly republished SCA White Paper titled Food Security and Coffee: Ending Seasonal Hunger The story of the SCA white papers begins with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) ratified by the United Nations in the year 2000. These eight goals were designed to serve as a global, collective …

Andre de Freitas | Trends in Sustainable Sourcing

Andre de Freitas at Reco Symposium in April 2018

Andre de Freitas, Executive Director of the Sustainable Agriculture Network, speaking at Re:co Symposium in Seattle in April 2018.  Andre has over 20 years of experience working with sustainability initiatives, with a focus on responsible sourcing and certification in agriculture and forestry. He led the development of the first sustainability policy and implementation systems for …

#26: Re:co Podcast – Andre de Freitas on Trends in Sustainable Sourcing

On this episode of the Re:co Podcast, Kim Elena Ionescu speaks to Andre de Freitas, Executive Director of the Sustainable Agriculture Network. Andre has over 20 years of experience working with sustainability initiatives, with a focus on responsible sourcing and certification in agriculture and forestry. He led the development of the first sustainability policy and …

Now Accepting Nominations for the 2019 SCA Sustainability Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2019 SCA Sustainability Awards. The deadline to submit an application is December 14, 2018. The Sustainability Awards were created in 2004 to promote, encourage and honor the efforts of those serving as role models through sustainable projects in the coffee sector. Each year, the SCA Sustainability Council reviews dozens of applications …

Benchmarking Your Business – 25 Magazine: Issue 6

HEATHER WARD explains another valuable series of ratios – financial ratios – that help coffee professionals understand and develop best practices to keep their roaster/retailer business healthy and financially sustainable in Issue 6 of 25 Magazine.  SCA’s 2017 Roaster/Retailer Financial Benchmarking Report includes a series of financial ratios that reflect leading best practices and performance of …

Sustainability Webinar: Coffee Prices and Farm Profitability

Update: Thanks to all who joined us for this second webinar in our Sustainability series on Farm Profitability and Prosperity recorded live on Tuesday, September 25th, at 8:00am PST / 4:00pm BST. Watch the recording above. Over the summer we have watched the coffee commodity futures market drop until on Tuesday, August 21, coffee opened at …