Price and Value | Global Forces in Specialty Coffee

By David Piza Cossio, Relationship Coffee Manager, Sustainable Harvest Coffee Importers In early September of this year, international coffee prices for Arabica coffee plunged to a 4-year low, breaking the $1.16/lb threshold experienced back in the early stages of the Great Recession. The large Brazilian crop is estimated to surpass 50 million 60kg bags during …

Sustainability Efforts at Retail | How Can We Make an Impact?

Interview With Richard Young, Food Service Technology Center Chronicle: Your work focuses on promoting energy efficiency practices in the food service sector. What are some of the ways you explain why it is important to care about these efforts?  Richard: Commercial food service operations, from cafes to cafeterias, are very energy-intensive. Most operators have no idea what …

Beyond the Quality of the Water in Your Cup: Coffee and Water Resources at Origin

“When water is diverted from streams and rivers, it is no longer available for use by small communities that may already have limited alternatives. Without sufficient water in the stream, aquatic organisms can be wiped out.”   By Adam Kline, Coffee Importer, Atlantic Specialty Coffee Inc.; Andrew Stubblefield, Associate Professor, Humboldt State University; Paul Hicks, Water Resources …

The Use of Water in Processing

By Carlos H. J. Brando Water entered coffee processing when Arabicas began being planted in areas that were hotter and/or more humid than the highlands of Ethiopia. Recently harvested coffee cherries fermented rather quickly in these new areas, with adverse impacts on cup quality. The solution at the time was to remove the sugar-rich, fermentation-prone …

Industry Responds to Need for Global Water Conservation Initiatives (And What You Can do to Support the Effort)

By Samantha Veide, Global Drinks Education Manager, Mars Drinks This issue of water and sustainability is complex. It is about water scarcity—by 2025, 1.8 billion people will be living in countries or regions with absolute water scarcity, and two-thirds of the world’s population could be living under water stressed conditions1.  It is about water despoilment—all the …