Latest

Challenges in Coffee Processing: An Opportunity in Disguise to Foster a New Breed of Coffee Growers

by Alejandro Cadena, Managing Director, Virmax Café Every stage of coffee production is important to guaranteeing a high-quality product. What starts with good seed selection, and continues with careful picking, can end very badly at the last stage: processing, or post-harvest (wet milling and drying). Independent of the size of the producer, be it a micro-scale …

What is “The Market” Anyway?

by Ric Rhinehart, Executive Director, SCAA Any time coffee folks are gathered, conversation will inevitably include a reference to “the market.” “Did you get the market today?” or “Where did the market close?” and similar conversation-starters are a mainstay in coffee circles everywhere. There are specialty players who take a particular pride in denying their …

Interview With Andrés Isaías Cotuc Mendéz, Manager, La Voz Que Clama en el Desierto Cooperative

“The Voice that Cries Out in the Desert.” A reference to the town’s patron saint, this is the poetic name chosen by a group of 20 indigenous Tzutujil, Kakchiquel and Quiche Mayan farmers in the district of San Juan La Laguna, Guatemala, for their newly-formed cooperative in 1977. Over thirty years later, what they created …

SCAA Honors Project Focused on Linking Coffee Producers with Specialty Segment of Mainstream Retailer in United Kingdom

The Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA), the world’s coffee authority and largest coffee trade association, presents its 2014 Sustainability Award to Twin, a UK-based ethical trading organization, and collaborators for their project Congo Coffee Revival: Regenerating Communities by Linking Remote Farmers to Mainstream Markets. This annual award honors individuals, businesses and organizations in the …

Focus on Quality Could Save Brazil’s Small Coffee Farms

Can the world’s growing appetite for unique coffee save Brazil’s specialty coffee farms? by Aleszu Bajak Brazil, long known for being one of the world’s leading producers of bulk commodity coffee, is now trying to make a name for itself as a country where smallholder farms produce specialty coffees. But low wholesale prices and limited international …

SCAA Releases Candidate Profiles for 2014 SCAA Board of Directors Elections

The Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) has released the official slate of candidates for the 2014 Board of Directors Elections and members should review candidate profiles below prior to voting. Voting will open February 19, 2014; ballots will be distributed through email to all eligible voting members. Voters must be the primary contact for a current …