Why Learn About the Cost of Production?

By Chad Trewick, Reciprocafé, LLC The coffee industry—and not only the specialty sector, although we lead the charge—is gradually realizing the future threats to its raw material supply, green coffee. Rising cost of production eroding earning potential, increasing competition from alternative economic activities, and market price volatility are all weakening our value chain due to …

Sustaining an Industry: Value and Viability for Farmworkers in Coffee

By Ben Corey-Moran, Fair Trade USA Farmworkers are the backbone of coffee production.
These women, men—and yes, sometimes children—are the labor force that drives coffee production, yet they toil behind the curtain of our industry’s awareness. In the well-worn hands of an estimated four million farmworkers rests the promise of great coffee, the hope for industry …

People of Specialty Coffee: An Interview With Caleb Nicholes

TJ Semanchin (left) & Caleb Nicholes (right), co-owners of Kickapoo Coffee Roasters What makes Kickapoo Coffee Roasters special? Our business is situated in the small progressive town of Viroqua (pop. 4500) in rural Wisconsin. Our county is home to more quality-focused organic farms per capita than anywhere else in the country. Living here has certainly …

SCAA Job Opportunity: Membership Manager

The Membership Manager will report to the Director of Membership and is responsible for helping progress SCAA’s membership acquisition, retention, and engagement strategies. The Membership Manager will supervise the membership department staff to advance these initiatives. This position will work with the Director of Membership to develop and maintain department operations plans and procedures. They will create, …

Details Regarding the 2016 USCC Qualifying Event

Earlier today, members received the following message regarding the 2016 regional qualifying event for USCC. The full text of the email can be found below. Dear Specialty Coffee Professionals, A few months ago, we formed an Ad Hoc Committee to discuss the qualifying events for the United States Coffee Championships (USCC), empowered by you. This committee …

SCAA Job Opportunity: Human Resources Administrator

The Human Resources Administrator will report to the Director of Accounting and will be in charge of the administration, processing, and maintenance of compensation and benefit programs, compliance, and other human resources matters. The Administrator will work closely with the director and the management team to create, update, and communicate matters regarding organizational policy and compliance. This …