Expanding the Conversation: Specialty Coffee Retail Sentiment Index (RSI)

By HEATHER WARD Let’s focus for a moment on the retailer segment of the industry. Perhaps you can think back to a conversation you have had with a friend at a coffee event. You and your friend both own a coffee shop and the conversation may have gone something like this: Your friend tells you she …

Sustainability Spending: Understanding What We’re Funding

Sustainability Catalogue by Kim Elena Ionescu

By KIM ELENA IONESCU According to a 2016 report commissioned by the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA), the Global Coffee Platform, and the Sustainable Coffee Challenge, the global coffee industry spends $350 million USD each year on sustainability initiatives directed at coffee producers. In addition to that total figure, the Coffee Sustainability Catalogue, which is based …

SCA Lectures Podcast #11: Chemical Physics and Coffee

Coffee undergoes a series of complex chemical physics from the moment it’s picked to the time it’s brewed and consumed. In this episode of the SCA Podcast from the 2017 Specialty Coffee Expo, Dr. Christopher Hendon discusses the chemical physics that impact the flavor, extraction, and consistency of brewed coffee. Dr. Hendon talks about improving …

2017 U.S. Specialty Coffee Consumption Trends

By HEATHER WARD Specialty coffee consumption in the U.S. is growing, and this year there has been a significant increase in daily specialty coffee drinkers. Furthermore, over the last 18 years, the number of daily specialty coffee drinkers has consistently increased, strengthening the consumer demand for specialty coffee. Let’s take a closer look at the …

Now Accepting Applications for the 2018 SCA Sustainability Award

As part of its mission, the SCA is actively involved in sustainability and looks to its members to take leadership roles in sustainable practices within the specialty coffee sector. With this in mind, the Sustainability Award was created in 2004 to promote, encourage and honor the efforts of those serving as role models through sustainable …