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Coffee Farm Misconceptions and Actual Diversity – Lisanne Oonk & Ivania Calderón

Lisanne Oonk & Ivania Calderón speaking at CoLab Bucharest 2018. What comes to mind when you hear the words “coffee farmer?” Lisanne, a cultural anthropologist working in coffee sales at Primavera Imports, investigates this question through the lens of coffee equality and social justice. Ivania, a third generation coffee producer from Nicaragua, joins Lisanne in the …

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 …

Business Insights from the Square Coffee Data Report and the Retail Sentiment Index (RSI)

By Heather Ward The independent coffee shop is an integral part of so many neighborhoods. It’s a space where communities come together. But with that independence comes the unique challenges of running a small business, while seeking to make coffee more sustainable from the farmer to the barista. In order to achieve both, information is …

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), …

Food Security and Coffee: Ending Seasonal Hunger

Excerpt from KIM ELENA IONESCU’s introduction of the newly republished SCA White Paper titled Food Security and Coffee: Ending Seasonal Hunger The story of the SCA white papers begins with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) ratified by the United Nations in the year 2000. These eight goals were designed to serve as a global, collective …

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 …