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 …

Vertical Integration in the Coffee Supply Chain: Pachamama Coffee Cooperative

By Maria Hill In recent years, the specialty coffee industry has actively focused on the producer. There are two major issues the industry faces when it comes to empowering the farmer: coffee prices are determined by the commodities market and the farmer is far removed from the consumer. In response to these obstacles, several new …

Securing the Future of Quality Coffee: Risk Management and New Opportunities to Strengthen Coffee Supply

by Ben Corey-Moran, Fair Trade USA Growing great coffee is no easy task. Period. Now, try producing the finest beans on the market while battling the pounding hand of climate change, the spread of diseases like coffee leaf rust, and wildly volatile markets with an oftentimes distant relationship to the generally accepted terms of supply and …