SCAA Announces Development of Sustainable Events Policy to Reduce Environmental Impact

Specialty Coffee Association of America commits to working towards conformity with APEX/ASTM sustainable event standards The Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA), in partnership with its Sustainability Council, is pleased to announce that the association is working towards the development of a sustainable event policy in accordance to the principles outlined in the two leading …

Now Accepting Applications for 2013 SCAA Sustainability Award

We’re currently accepting entries for the 2013 SCAA Sustainability Award. If you, your company, or organization has innovative projects to expand and promote sustainability within the coffee world while inspiring others to initiate similar endeavors you are encouraged to apply here. The deadline to submit the application is January 7, 2013. The Sustainability Award will be presented …

Sustainability is Dead. Long Live Sustainability!

  By Peter Giuliano, Director of Coffee and Co-Owner at Counter Culture Coffee   I was a young coffee person when the concept of sustainability became big news in coffee. In those days—the roaring ’90s of coffee—the idea of thinking in the long-term about agriculture and about industry seemed fresh, exciting and different. The concept of acting in …

Critical Issues at Origin | Organizational Capacity Building: Key to Long-term Sustainability

By Warren E. Armstrong The SCAA Sustainability Council serves as a “think tank” for sustainability–related ideas and as a liaison to other industry, professional and NGO organizations. As part of its work, the Council has defined several critical issues at origin to promote the long-term livelihood interests for a quality coffee value chain. A quality …

Corporate Social Responsibility: The Role and Reasons for Business Involvement in Sustainable Development

    By Tracy Ging, Deputy Executive Director, SCAA   Corporate Social Responsibility is defined as the voluntary commitment of businesses to include in their corporate practices economic, social, and environmental criteria and actions, which are above and beyond legislative requirements and related to a broader range of stakeholders—everyone influenced by their activities. When we …

Why Does Shade Matter?

  By Emma Sage, Coffee Science Manager, SCAA   As the specialty coffee industry grows more concerned with sustainable practices at origin, we often find ourselves in conversations about shade-grown coffee. No one will argue that shade-grown coffee is less sustainable than growing coffee in full sun plantations, but what scientific information exists to support …