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 …

European Extraction Preferences in Brewed Coffee

European Extraction Preferences in Brewed Coffee

By PETER GIULIANO In 1957, Professor E. E. Lockhart, Scientific Director of an organization called the Coffee Brewing Institute, wrote: “…the most acceptable cup of coffee would be prepared if the soluble solids ranged between 1.15 and 1.35 percent and the extraction between 18 and 22 percent.” — From the Soluble Solids in Beverage Coffee …

Defining the Ever-Changing Espresso – 25 Magazine: Issue 3

Baristas – the creative professionals behind the coffee bar – are constantly experimenting with coffee, finding new ways to explore flavor, and using taste and customer feedback to refine formulas and recipes. A steady supply of new espresso machines, grinders, brewing devices, and other tools changes the playing field, leading to new ideas and fresh …

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 #12: Coffee Botany 101

In this episode of the SCA Podcast from the 2017 Specialty Coffee Expo, SCA Coffee Science Manager Emma Sage talks about the scientific fundamentals all coffee professionals should understand about the coffee plant. Learn about how coffee genetics interact with environmental factors to influence yield and performance, the history of coffee breeding, the basics of …

Expanding the Conversation: Specialty Coffee Retail Sentiment Index (RSI)

By HEATHER WARD Let’s focus for a moment on the retailer segment of the industry. Perhaps you can think back to a conversation you have had with a friend at a coffee event. You and your friend both own a coffee shop and the conversation may have gone something like this: Your friend tells you she …

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 …