SCA Introduces Specialty Coffee Roaster/Retailer Financial Benchmarking Study

By Heather Ward The market research focus at Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) is to examine the landscape of specialty coffee businesses and provide insight to our members and the coffee community. The idea is to deliver information that supports business decisions, leading to improved business performance. One way to deliver insights is through the specialty …

Specialty Coffee Shops: Market Size in the U.S.

By Heather Ward Specialty coffee shops play a key role in shaping the consumer experience. It is the third place that connects the barista to the consumer, and finally, to the coffee beverage. In past SCAA research, specialty coffee consumers have consistently revealed the significance of their coffee shop experiences. They associate their coffee with …

SCAA Releases July 2016 Retail Sentiment Index (RSI) Report

SCAA’s Specialty Coffee Retail Sentiment Index (RSI) is a semiannual indicator that measures coffee retailers’ degree of optimism on their own situation and the industry. The purpose is to provide data that reflects the overall sentiment and, over time, it will be used to identify trends and offer insight on the segment’s movement. The RSI …

Supply and Demand: Vastly Different Specialty Coffee Outlooks

By Ric Rhinehart As I sit here in the capital city of the birthplace of coffee (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia), after attending the International Coffee Organization’s 4th World Coffee Conference, I am driven to reflect on the conversations at the conference, in the hallways, and over dinner. The state of the global coffee market and the …

Nominations Being Accepted for 2016 Annual Recognition Awards & Sustainability Award

Nominations for SCAA’s Annual Recognition Awards are now open! These prestigious awards will be presented at SCAA Expo featuring Re:co Symposium in Atlanta, GA this upcoming April. We encourage you to nominate a member of the coffee community to be considered for selection by filling out and submitting one of the forms linked below. The deadline to …

Vital Signs: Indicators of a Healthy Market

In the latest video release from Re:co Symposium, Heather Ward, SCAA’s Research Analyst, and Ben Pitts, Vice President of Food Service & Hospitality for Royal Cup Coffee, give a relatively consumer-focused look at the specialty coffee industry, assuring us that the vital signs of the coffee market look positive. People like–and are willing to pay for–specialty coffee, …

Presenting the Latest Consumer Research For Specialty Coffee

By Heather Ward, SCAA As SCAA’s research analyst, I work with the marketing and communications department to serve as our members’ primary contact for statistics, research, and coffee industry data. At this year’s Symposium, held during the two days prior to The Event, I was privileged to give a talk that covered some of our …