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 …

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. …

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 …

Now Accepting Applications for the 2018 SCA Sustainability Award

As part of its mission, the SCA is actively involved in sustainability and looks to its members to take leadership roles in sustainable practices within the specialty coffee sector. With this in mind, the Sustainability Award was created in 2004 to promote, encourage and honor the efforts of those serving as role models through sustainable …

Recap: Avance, SCA’s First Sustainability Conference

By Lily Kubota On the morning of October 11, 2017, the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) welcomed over 150 coffee producers, buyers, traders, roasters, and other coffee industry professionals to Anacafé—the Guatemalan national coffee association headquartered in Guatemala City—for the first-ever SCA sustainability conference: Avance. The purpose of this two-day event was to engage sustainability leaders and passionate …

New Report on Farm Profitability Launched at Avance Guatemala

A new report by the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) reveals that increased yields on coffee farms tend to decrease their profitability in the short term, debunking the popular belief that high yields are a precursor to the economic sustainability of a farm. The report was launched at Avance, SCA’s new sustainability conference, hosted in Guatemala …

SCA and World Coffee Research Launch New International Coffee Day Campaign

This International Coffee Day, the Specialty Coffee Association and World Coffee Research are calling on the coffee community around the globe to support innovation in coffee science. The two organizations have come together to launch “#thefutureofcoffee”, a campaign to drive awareness about WCR’s work and encourage the community to support the nonprofit by donating or …

Introducing Avance, SCA’s New Sustainability Conference

This fall, sustainability leaders and passionate advocates from across the coffee value chain will gather in Guatemala City to participate in Avance, the first sustainability conference hosted by the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA). This inaugural event will be held on October 11-12, 2017, at the headquarters of Anacafé, Guatemala’s national coffee association. The two-day event …

Recognizing and Celebrating the 2017 SCA Sustainability Award Winners

By Rosemary Trent Producing a great cup of coffee amid global threats is growing challenge for the world’s coffee growers. In 2003, the SCA Sustainability Council created the Sustainability Award to promote, encourage and celebrate the efforts of those who serve as role models and innovators in the coffee industry. Yearly applications for the prestigious …