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#29: Re:co Podcast – Changing Tides: Building Diverse and Inclusive Communities (Session 3, Ep. 3)

Today, we’re very happy to present the third and final episode of the Changing Tides session, recorded at Re:co Symposium this past April. The main focus of this session was to have those often difficult conversations around diversity and inclusivity in our coffee communities. If you haven’t listened to episodes #27 and #28, we strongly recommend going back …

#28: Re:co Podcast – Michelle Johnson on Building Diverse and Inclusive Coffee Communities (Session 3, Ep. 2)

Today, we’re very happy to present episode two of the Changing Tides session, recorded at Re:co Symposium this past April. The main focus of this session was to have those often difficult conversations around diversity and inclusivity in our coffee communities. If you haven’t listened to episode #27, we strongly recommend going back to listen …

Ready to LEAD: Connection, Inspiration, and Motivation at the S&D Coffee and Tea LEAD Scholar Retreat

LISETTE BARBERA reflects on her retreat experience this past October as one of the 2018-2020 LEAD Scholars. Our passions for coffee quality, sustainability, producers, farmers, and more bring us together in the late October chill, very different to the dry Arizona heat from which I have just escaped. Some of the scholars fly in from …

Introducing the 2018 Australian Square Coffee Report

The latest reports from the SCA Research Center and Square dig into trends disrupting Australia’s $8 billion coffee industry! Beginning just before National Coffee Day on September 29th for many countries around the world — and International Coffee Day on October 1st — the SCA Research Center partnered with Square to release the 2018 Coffee …

A Sustainable Coffee Industry? Not Quite

HANES MOTSINGER explores the opportunities and limitations of different types of initiatives in Issue 07 of 25 Magazine. Today, coffee businesses of all shapes and sizes promote practices that improve producer livelihoods, protect areas of biodiversity, and yield higher quality artisanal coffees. Certifications and direct trade business models strive to provide higher wages, protect ecosystems, …

C is for Commodity, Crisis, and Cost – 25 Magazine: Issue 7

The SCA’s FARMER PROFITABILITY AND PROSPERITY WORKING GROUP, led here in writing by CHAD TREWICK, examines the possible impact persistently low coffee commodity market pricing will have on the specialty coffee supply chain in Issue 07 of 25 Magazine. Every item in that daily basket has increased in costs (including roasted/ground coffee) while the value …

The Coffee Price Crisis and Price Volatility: Can We Tame the C Market? – 25 Magazine: Issue 7

JANINA GRABS examines the market actions which led to historic coffee price lows in August and September in Issue 07 of 25 Magazine. [Editor’s Note: After going to print, we regrettably found a proofing error in paragraph two of page 24 that could affect readers’ understanding of the premise set out by the author. The …

A Pivotal Moment: When Customer Demand Clashes with Core Values – 25 Magazine: Issue 7

JEN BUSFIELD and ERIC HENRY reflect on how these three core tenets guide their business, despite their seemingly conflicted natures. There is more to business than the “bottom line.” Our flagship brand, “Cotton of the Carolinas,” a T-shirt made using a local transparent supply chain, is a clear example of the three tenets that guide …

Touching Southern Clouds – 25 Magazine: Issue 7

Coffee Commune’s ERIC BADEN explores the impact volatile commodity pricing of both tea and coffee has made on Yunnan’s farming landscape in Issue 7 of 25 Magazine.  Clusters of shining white clouds pass majestic mountain slopes, wrapped in the green velvet of dense subtropical forests. The mountain springs sparkle in the sunlight as crystal clear water …