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Let’s Talk Sustainability at the SCAA Expo

7 Apr , 2016  

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The annual Specialty Coffee Association of America expo begins in Atlanta in a few days.  This event will be an opportunity for the coffee industry to discuss sustainability issues that are critical to the future of coffee.   The Sustainability Council of the SCAA*, formed by around 30 sustainability leaders and coffee professionals from industry, [Read More]


Farm Workers

Making progress on the farmworker issue in coffee

7 Mar , 2016  

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When I began working on farmworker issues in coffee 6 years ago, I encountered significant resistance to this issue from industry and people working with NGOs supporting smallholders in coffee.  It is exciting to see how, with the support of several allies along the way, the situation of farmworkers in coffee is receiving significant attention [Read More]

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Whose Contributions Do We Acknowledge? — On the SCAA 2015 Recognition Awards

26 Feb , 2015  

scaa annual recognition awards

For a moment, you may have mistaken the announcement of this year’s Specialty Coffee Association of America’s (SCAA) Recognition Awards for The Academy’s announcement of this year’s Oscar nominees for acting. The recipients for both were almost all white. Furthermore, the SCAA awardees were almost all white males. By now, we are sadly accustomed to [Read More]