Navigating Coffee Farm Renovation & Rehabilitation: A New Guidebook for the Industry

By RAINA LANG, Director of Sustainable Coffee Markets at Conservation International. Additionally, low market prices make farmers question whether reinvesting in new coffee trees will pay off. Yet, if we are to double coffee production in a way that improves the livelihoods of producers while conserving nature, we must find ways to support farm renovation …

SCA Sustainability Webinar: The Profitability of Coffee Farming

Update on February 9, 2018: We have included a Q&A session from the webinar at the end of this post. Update on January 31, 2018: Thanks to our attendees and panelists who joined this SCA Sustainability Webinar yesterday. The number of registrations overwhelmed the webinar system we use, preventing many registrants from joining the session. …

SCA Lectures Podcast #13: Building a Roasting Plant

In this episode of the SCA Podcast from the 2017 Specialty Coffee Expo, Andi Trindle, Director of Coffee at Philz Coffee (and member of the Coffee Roasters Guild Unification Committee) moderates a panel of coffee roasting professionals discussing the process of managing the building of a roasting plant. Learn how to manage the design, build …

Sustainability Spending: Understanding What We’re Funding

Sustainability Catalogue by Kim Elena Ionescu

By KIM ELENA IONESCU According to a 2016 report commissioned by the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA), the Global Coffee Platform, and the Sustainable Coffee Challenge, the global coffee industry spends $350 million USD each year on sustainability initiatives directed at coffee producers. In addition to that total figure, the Coffee Sustainability Catalogue, which is based …

SCA Lectures Podcast #11: Chemical Physics and Coffee

Coffee undergoes a series of complex chemical physics from the moment it’s picked to the time it’s brewed and consumed. In this episode of the SCA Podcast from the 2017 Specialty Coffee Expo, Dr. Christopher Hendon discusses the chemical physics that impact the flavor, extraction, and consistency of brewed coffee. Dr. Hendon talks about improving …

SCA Lectures Podcast #10: Effective Strategies for Green Coffee Buyers

This episode of the SCA Podcast from the 2017 Specialty Coffee Expo features Mark Inman and Rob Stephen, two former coffee roasters/business owners, Past Presidents of the heritage Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA), and current green coffee buyers and traders. Mark and Rob bring 25 years of experience to the table as they guide …

2017 U.S. Specialty Coffee Consumption Trends

By HEATHER WARD Specialty coffee consumption in the U.S. is growing, and this year there has been a significant increase in daily specialty coffee drinkers. Furthermore, over the last 18 years, the number of daily specialty coffee drinkers has consistently increased, strengthening the consumer demand for specialty coffee. Let’s take a closer look at the …

Now Accepting Applications for the 2018 SCA Sustainability Award

As part of its mission, the SCA is actively involved in sustainability and looks to its members to take leadership roles in sustainable practices within the specialty coffee sector. With this in mind, the Sustainability Award was created in 2004 to promote, encourage and honor the efforts of those serving as role models through sustainable …