The Challenges of Being A Biological Coffee Farmer – Tim Wendelboe

Tim Wendelboe speaking at CoLab Bucharest 2018 Biological farming presents a number of unique challenges. Tim walks us through the lessons he’s learned from starting his own coffee farm, Finca el Suelo. He shares how he’s adjusted his techniques as he learns more about the land and about coffee farming (Hint: it involves compost and …

Sustainability Webinar: Farm Profitability and Prosperity #3

Update: Thanks to all who joined us for this third webinar in our Sustainability series on Farm Profitability and Prosperity recorded live on Thursday, November 15th, at 8:00 am PST / 4:00 pm BST. Watch the recording above. The SCA Sustainability Center is hosting a third webinar with the Farmer Profitability and Prosperity working group …

From Education To Calibration – Marie Pohler

Marie Pohler speaking at CoLab Bucharest 2018 High tasting aptitude is a necessary tool when working with coffee, often requiring a considerable investment of time, energy, and resources to build. Sensory science and tasting education are a part of amassing this vital knowledge. But once a high level is achieved (often during training and qualification), …

Andre de Freitas | Trends in Sustainable Sourcing

Andre de Freitas at Reco Symposium in April 2018

Andre de Freitas, Executive Director of the Sustainable Agriculture Network, speaking at Re:co Symposium in Seattle in April 2018.  Andre has over 20 years of experience working with sustainability initiatives, with a focus on responsible sourcing and certification in agriculture and forestry. He led the development of the first sustainability policy and implementation systems for …

Update on the 2019-2020 SCA Board of Directors Elections

Update: Thanks to all who joined us on October 17 to meet the slate during a special webinar. If you missed the webinar, watch the recording above. By JAMES HUMPOLETZ Translations available: Chinese, French, German, Italian, Korean, Russian, Spanish.  As presented on a webinar on August 30, the elections process for the 2019–2020 SCA Board of …

Sustainability Webinar: Coffee Prices and Farm Profitability

Update: Thanks to all who joined us for this second webinar in our Sustainability series on Farm Profitability and Prosperity recorded live on Tuesday, September 25th, at 8:00am PST / 4:00pm BST. Watch the recording above. Over the summer we have watched the coffee commodity futures market drop until on Tuesday, August 21, coffee opened at …

Vava Angwenyi | Building an Alternative Narrative for Kenya’s Coffee Farmers

Vava Angweni, Founder & Chief Coffaholic at Vava Coffee Ltd, and Co-Founder & Director of Gente Del Futuro, speaking at Re:co Symposium in Seattle in April 2018. Vava sources coffee from farmers in Kenya and around East Africa, and most recently has worked with Fairtrade Africa to develop and launch two brands Zawadi Coffee (the …

Presenting Slate of Candidates for the 2019–2020 SCA Board of Directors Elections

Update: Thanks to all who joined us on September 17 to meet the slate during a special webinar. If you missed the webinar, watch the recording above. By JAMES HUMPOLETZ Translations available: Chinese, French, German, Italian, Korean, Russian, Spanish.  As announced in June, the elections process for the 2019–2020 SCA Board of Directors is the first …

Sustainability: Changing Everything Except the Goal | Re:co Seattle 2018

Kim Elena Ionescu moderates a panel with Merling Preza, Alejandro Cadena, Lee Wallace, and Molly Laverty at Re:co Symposium in Seattle in April 2018.  Listen to this week’s episode of our podcast for a conversation between Peter Giuliano and Kim Elena about this introductory sustainability panel which covered a wide range of topics including the reduction in …