Water in the Coffeelands: How Coffee Can Make Water Cleaner and Landscapes Greener

By Meredith Taylor Water management is a difficult issue to address in coffee-growing regions because many of the impacts tied to water pollution and shortages are often downstream from their causes—both literally and temporally. While the issues around water as it relates to coffee are complex, they fall into two basic, overlapping categories: having enough …

SCAA Releases July 2016 Retail Sentiment Index (RSI) Report

SCAA’s Specialty Coffee Retail Sentiment Index (RSI) is a semiannual indicator that measures coffee retailers’ degree of optimism on their own situation and the industry. The purpose is to provide data that reflects the overall sentiment and, over time, it will be used to identify trends and offer insight on the segment’s movement. The RSI …

Exploring the Cost of Sustainable Coffee Production, Part 2: A Recap from the SCAA Expo

By Ashley Prentice During SCAA Expo, two excellent sessions on the cost of sustainable coffee production were presented, but why is this topic important and relevant to our industry today? As Chad Trewick best explained it in his article, Why Learn About the Cost of Production (Read Here), “The coffee industry—and not only the specialty sector, …

Exploring the Cost of Sustainable Production, Part 1: Tactics and Output

By Vera Espindola “Exploring the Cost of Sustainable Production,” the second in a series of Sustainability sessions during the 2016 SCAA Expo, was an opportunity to share updates and information about ongoing research on the economics of coffee production. A panel representing research partnerships presented their indicators, methodologies and early findings. Presenter 1: Pascale Schuit | …

Emerging Markets: A Global Specialty Coffee Culture | Letter From the Editor

Every coffee roaster brings a unique and personal approach to their machine. Coffee people don’t always agree on extraction techniques or brew ratios. We can debate for hours on the most efficient or ethical way to trade coffee, or how the farming and processing method has impacted the quality of a coffee positively or negatively. …

Supply and Demand: Vastly Different Specialty Coffee Outlooks

By Ric Rhinehart As I sit here in the capital city of the birthplace of coffee (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia), after attending the International Coffee Organization’s 4th World Coffee Conference, I am driven to reflect on the conversations at the conference, in the hallways, and over dinner. The state of the global coffee market and the …