Associate Perspective | Five Reasons Your Nonprofit Should Attend The Event

by Kristina Morris Heredia, communications and marketing coordinator at Coffee Kids While this article is seemingly about five reasons your nonprofit should attend the Specialty Coffee Association of America’s annual Exposition, The Event, it really comes down to one reason: community. The Event is a wonderland of coffee paraphernalia, businesses, producers, connoisseurs, as well as …

Associate Perspective | Celebrate, Connect and Contribute! Doing Good at Expo

by Kimberly Easson, JavaVentures In 2005, I was on the board of directors when SCAA became a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact and committed to being a partner in addressing some of the world’s thorniest global issues — food security, maternal health, climate change, education, and poverty alleviation. Whoa — who us? It’s kind …

Price and Value | Global Forces in Specialty Coffee

By David Piza Cossio, Relationship Coffee Manager, Sustainable Harvest Coffee Importers In early September of this year, international coffee prices for Arabica coffee plunged to a 4-year low, breaking the $1.16/lb threshold experienced back in the early stages of the Great Recession. The large Brazilian crop is estimated to surpass 50 million 60kg bags during …

Sustainability Efforts at Retail | How Can We Make an Impact?

Interview With Richard Young, Food Service Technology Center Chronicle: Your work focuses on promoting energy efficiency practices in the food service sector. What are some of the ways you explain why it is important to care about these efforts?  Richard: Commercial food service operations, from cafes to cafeterias, are very energy-intensive. Most operators have no idea what …

Beyond the Quality of the Water in Your Cup: Coffee and Water Resources at Origin

“When water is diverted from streams and rivers, it is no longer available for use by small communities that may already have limited alternatives. Without sufficient water in the stream, aquatic organisms can be wiped out.”   By Adam Kline, Coffee Importer, Atlantic Specialty Coffee Inc.; Andrew Stubblefield, Associate Professor, Humboldt State University; Paul Hicks, Water Resources …