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 …

Baristas, Coffee Culture’s Ambassadors – 25 Magazine: Issue 6

ELIZABETH DOERR explores how the Dominican Republic’s largest coffee company seeks to change local coffee culture through baristas in Issue 06 of 25 Magazine. Strong, short, and sweet – made by stovetop with the Greca coffee maker – is deemed “traditional” Dominican coffee. Part of this could be custom, but the sugar could also be …

Creating Financial Stability in Coffee Farming: Three Young Latin American Coffee Professionals’ Solutions – 25 Magazine: Issue 6

HORTENSIA SOLIS interviewed three young Latin American coffee professionals from three different countries to better understand their perspective on the future of coffee production, the industry’s most pressing challenges, and the steps they’re taking to resolve or otherwise navigate them. On paper, working in coffee production is an increasingly difficult path – a complicated conflagration …

The Impact of Mucilage Removers on Coffee Sustainability and Quality – 25 Magazine: Issue 6

CARLOS HENRIQUE JORGE BRANDO[i] traces the design changes that have brought water-saving demucilagers to the fore of a conversation about sustainability and coffee quality. As the name suggests, a “mucilage remover” is a machine that removes mucilage attached to parchment coffee either by itself, or in conjunction with fermentation. Generally, mechanical removal of the mucilage …

Benchmarking Your Business – 25 Magazine: Issue 6

HEATHER WARD explains another valuable series of ratios – financial ratios – that help coffee professionals understand and develop best practices to keep their roaster/retailer business healthy and financially sustainable in Issue 6 of 25 Magazine.  SCA’s 2017 Roaster/Retailer Financial Benchmarking Report includes a series of financial ratios that reflect leading best practices and performance of …