The Use of Water in Processing

By Carlos H. J. Brando Water entered coffee processing when Arabicas began being planted in areas that were hotter and/or more humid than the highlands of Ethiopia. Recently harvested coffee cherries fermented rather quickly in these new areas, with adverse impacts on cup quality. The solution at the time was to remove the sugar-rich, fermentation-prone …

Industry Responds to Need for Global Water Conservation Initiatives (And What You Can do to Support the Effort)

By Samantha Veide, Global Drinks Education Manager, Mars Drinks This issue of water and sustainability is complex. It is about water scarcity—by 2025, 1.8 billion people will be living in countries or regions with absolute water scarcity, and two-thirds of the world’s population could be living under water stressed conditions1.  It is about water despoilment—all the …

Coffee with a Cause: SCAA Aims to Give Back to Industry Charities

Multiple Fundraisers planned in conjunction with Specialty Coffee Association of America’s Annual Event, to be held April 11-14, 2013 Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA), the world’s largest coffee trade association will be providing a forum for multiple charitable events and fundraisers at its 25th Annual SCAA Exposition, The Event, April 11-14, 2013 at the …

SCAA Honors Project Focused on Improving Children’s Health for 2013 Sustainability Award

Project Addresses the Issues of Health, Poverty and Malnutrition The Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA), the world’s coffee authority and largest coffee trade association, presents its 2013 Sustainability Award to Pueblo a Pueblo, based out of Bethesda, Maryland, for their Organic School Garden Project. This annual award honors individuals, businesses and organizations in the specialty …

SCAA Announces Development of Sustainable Events Policy to Reduce Environmental Impact

Specialty Coffee Association of America commits to working towards conformity with APEX/ASTM sustainable event standards The Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA), in partnership with its Sustainability Council, is pleased to announce that the association is working towards the development of a sustainable event policy in accordance to the principles outlined in the two leading …

Now Accepting Applications for 2013 SCAA Sustainability Award

We’re currently accepting entries for the 2013 SCAA Sustainability Award. If you, your company, or organization has innovative projects to expand and promote sustainability within the coffee world while inspiring others to initiate similar endeavors you are encouraged to apply here. The deadline to submit the application is January 7, 2013. The Sustainability Award will be presented …