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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 …

#26: Re:co Podcast – Andre de Freitas on Trends in Sustainable Sourcing

On this episode of the Re:co Podcast, Kim Elena Ionescu speaks to Andre de Freitas, Executive Director of the Sustainable Agriculture Network. 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 …

SCA Podcast #25: Guatemala After the Fuego Eruption

On June 3rd, an unexpected eruption of the Fuego volcano in Guatemala killed more than a hundred people and caused many more to evacuate. Guatemala is home to tens of thousands of smallholder coffee farms, many of which have been directly affected. A few weeks ago, Kim Elena Ionescu, SCA’s Chief Research Officer, spoke to …

Climate Change & Coffee: Acting Globally & Locally

Excerpt from KIM ELENA IONESCU’s introduction of the newly republished SCA White Paper titled Climate Change & Coffee: Acting Globally & Locally. In the context of global shortfalls, it can feel glib or even disingenuous to applaud the efforts of individuals, but climate change isn’t only affecting the environment – it’s affecting people, and people are …

#24: Re:co Podcast – Vava Angwenyi on Building an Alternative Narrative for Kenya’s Coffee Farmers

On this episode of the Re:co Podcast, Kim Elena Ionescu speaks with Vava Angweni, Founder & Chief Coffaholic at Vava Coffee Ltd, and Co-Founder & Director of Gente Del Futuro. 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 …

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 …

#23: Re:co Podcast – Sustainability: Changing Everything Except the Goal

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.  In this week’s episode of the podcast, Peter Giuliano speaks with Kim Elena about the introductory sustainability panel, which covered a wide range of topics including the reduction in the profitability of …

#22: Re:co Podcast – Andrea Illy on the Global Economics of Coffee

This week’s episode of the Re:co Podcast features Illycaffè Chairman Andrea Illy speaking at Re:co Seattle in April 2018. Over his long career, Andrea has established an identity as a leader, thinker, and creative mind in coffee. We asked Andrea to contribute a talk on the complex economics of coffee and the future of coffee …

#21: Re:co Podcast – Ric Rhinehart on the Future for Specialty Coffee

This episode from Re:co Seattle in April 2018 features SCA Executive Director Ric Rhinehart. We have a little tradition at Re:co, when Ric gives an annual talk on the State of Specialty Coffee. We’ve given that talk a number of names over the years, like ‘Ric’s Fireside Chat’ and ‘Ric’s Doom And Gloom Warning’, but …