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Voices From Origin: A Producer-Driven Approach

By Mayra Orellana-Powell, Catracha Coffee Company At the recent SCAA Symposium, I was honored with the opportunity to speak about small coffee producers from my hometown in Santa Elena, Honduras. Using the experiences of my cousin Rosibel and her husband Toño, I talked about how importers, roasters, and consumers working together with small producers can impact the …

The Intensification of Women’s Labor and the Future of Sustainable Coffee Supply

By Colleen Anunu When coffee buyers voice concern over the future of supply, they often list declining natural resources, market inefficiencies, and limited access to capital resources among many of the challenges that farmers face. Development economists argue that these constraints are further amplified by the “growing pains” of structural adjustment and economic transformation. Developing …

SCAA Sustainability Award Recognizes Leadership and Innovation in the Coffee World

As part of its mission, SCAA is actively involved in issues related to sustainability, and looks to its members to take leadership roles in sustainable practices. With this in mind, the Sustainability Council created the Sustainability Award in 2003 to promote, encourage, and honor the efforts of those serving as role models in fields of sustainability. …

People of Specialty Coffee: An Interview with Juan Luis Barrios

What are the biggest obstacles that today’s coffee farmers need to overcome to stay in coffee? Regardless of the size of one’s farm, I believe the biggest obstacle is being profitable on a consistent basis each year. This is quite challenging because there are many factors that are beyond our control: C-contract prices, climate, diseases …

Tibor Varady – On Hiring and Getting Hired in Specialty Coffee

Tibor Varady Colab Prague 2015

We’re beyond excited to release the video of Tamper Tantrum’s third speaker at our CoLab: Prague event last May. Tibor Várady is the owner of Espresso Embassy, one of the pioneer specialty coffee shops in Budapest, Hungary. Having dropped a career as environmental lawyer, Tibor jumped on the specialty coffee bandwagon “arrogant, ignorant and enthusiastic,” earning himself a finals …

Women Farmers Top First Myanmar Coffee Competition

Today we received news of the first national coffee cupping competition, held in Myanmar this past May, where two women smallholder farmers were awarded first and second place in their category and the overall event at Myanmar’s first national cupping competition held in Yangon. Results were announced and trophies presented at a formal ceremony last week in …