Leading sustainability standards for coffee are truly international and used worldwide.
By Morten Scholer, former UN advisor and author of the recent book Coffee and Wine: Two Worlds Compared
The coffee sector looks up to the wine sector for several reasons – including the wine sector’s long and prestigious history, the sensory descriptions, the sophisticated branding with use of terms like terroir, and the (sometimes) high prices.
While the coffee sector can no doubt learn a lot from wine, there are also areas where the wine sector has reason to admire coffee – and sustainability standards is one of them.
Sustainability standards are in several ways more complex for coffee than for wine, especially in terms of developing the standards, training, compliance, and monitoring.
This is certainly not to say that it is easy for the wine community, but here are four of the reasons.
Calling all NCA 2019 Convention attendees!
You’re invited to a lively interactive forum, titled “Connect. Empower. Advance. Insights & Lessons Learned From Sustainability-Focused Initiatives.”
Join the International Women’s Coffee Alliance and moderator Nathalie Gabbay, Representative of RGC Coffee, for the IWCA Annual Luncheon fundraiser at the NCA 2019 Convention in Atlanta, GA.
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to get high-level insights into leading sustainability initiatives and connect with colleagues from across the coffee industry.
Panelists and discussion topics include:
Coffee may lower the risk of several types of cancer, according to recent studies reviewed by researchers at the American Cancer Society.
The following excerpt was originally posted at the American Cancer Society.
AICR has named February Cancer Month. Learn more.
To learn more about science, coffee, and why the research matters, join the experts from the NCA Scientific Leadership Council for “The Coffee Science Fair: A Fun Look at a Serious Topic,” a special educational session at the NCA 2019 Convention in Atlanta, GA on March 8.
Scientists have been investigating the links between coffee and cancer for decades. And while our understanding of coffee’s potential health benefits has improved with advances in research, there’s still more to learn.
In 2016, an expert panel convened by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) — the arm of the World Health Organization that is responsible for assessing whether certain substances cause cancer — could not conclude that drinking coffee is carcinogenic based on the current evidence available.
Yet the coffee-cancer connection has recently reappeared in the news, due to the ongoing Prop 65 legislation in California to put misleading “cancer warning labels” on coffee.
So, what do coffee drinkers need to know?
In following interview written by Elizabeth Mendes, American Cancer Society researchers Susan Gapstur, PhD, and Marjorie McCullough, ScD, explain what the studies really show when it comes to coffee and cancer, and discuss what other research is still needed.
Despite overwhelming scientific evidence, popular myths on coffee and health continue to persist.
By Kyra Auffermann, NCA Digital Content & Communications Manager
Coffee plays an important role in the lives (or at least mornings) of most people — in the United States, nearly 80% of all adults drink coffee, typically at the start of their day.
Yet most coffee drinkers don’t have a good understanding of coffee: the plant, the way it is processed, or the precision of a “perfect” roast.
In fact, more coffee drinkers may have a good misunderstanding of coffee. And despite overwhelming evidence, myths persist — particularly when it comes to coffee and health.
Does coffee make you lose weight? Can it cure a hangover? Does it make you poop?
Millions of Americans drink coffee every day, but it remains one of the most misunderstood beverages on the planet.
The editors at Thrillist took a look at the facts behind a few widely-held coffee myths and misconceptions, according to science:
From functional ingredients to sustainable practices, new consumer values are transforming market trends.
The following post originally appeared in Tea & Coffee Trade Journal
The coffee industry is again going through a transformation, driven by shifting consumer values in an increasingly connected global landscape.
Today, people are using their purchasing decisions to support companies that reflect their values and introduce new innovations.
“The theme of this year’s NCA Convention [March 7-9, 2019 in Atlanta] is ‘coffee at a crossroads.’ In this time of unprecedented change, the decisions we make today as an industry will determine our direction in the years to come,” says Bill Murray, NCA President & CEO.
Here’s what to watch (and watch out for) in the year ahead:
Signs show that 2019 will bring even better results.
By William (Bill) Murray
President & CEO, National Coffee Association
The Brazilian coffee industry is flourishing.
The latest update from the Brazilian Coffee Exports Council (CECAFE) indicated 2018 was another bumper year for the largest producer and exporter of coffee in the world. “Statistics show that Brazil maintained its world leadership position and signs are that 2019 will bring even better results,” said Nelson Carvalhaes, Chairman of the Brazilian Exporters Coffee Council.
CECAFE’s recent update is full of interesting trends and statistics for coffee producers, connoisseurs, and consumers alike. And given Brazil’s scale in the global coffee market, updates from CECAFE always act as a useful barometer on the health of our industry overall.
Let’s take a look at the top four key takeaways:
Single serve capsules are a dynamic market segment with a complex value chain.
By Martyna Fong, Unit Manager – Packaging, AMI
A pod, or a single serve capsule as I would technically call it, is a phenomenal little thing.
Is it just packaging or is a product? Is it premium or is it value? Is it wasteful or is it resourceful?
The following Q&A is from the NCA Next Generation Group, a National Coffee Association initiative to engage and support young professionals and emerging leaders across the coffee industry.
Join the NCA Next Generation Council for young professionals in the coffee industry at the NCA 2019 Convention in Atlanta on Friday, March 8.
Mgr Sr Coffee Operations, Starbucks
NCA Next Gen Council Member
How and when did you get involved with the coffee industry?
I got involved in coffee in 2013 when I joined Atlas Coffee Importers in north Seattle.
Having a culinary degree, I was trying to find an opportunity that would allow me to stay connected to the food and beverage industry, but still utilized my analytical background.
I worked in their Logistics department, managing and coordinating orders from green coffee warehouses to various customers across the US.
What interested you in joining the NCA Next Generation group, and then becoming part of the council?
I found out about the Next Gen council opportunity while on an origin trip in Costa Rica. Experiencing the first 10 feet of coffee inspired me to find a way to contribute more to the larger conversation.
I hope to help inspire the next generation, especially women, to get involved in coffee and supply chain.
New research on coffee and climate change indicates an urgent situation for crops at origin
Behind the headlines on the future of coffee, according to science – and how you can get involved.
By William (Bill) Murray, NCA CEO & President
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Complete with the typical clickbait-style headline, a recent article intoned that the global population is imminently doomed to a world without coffee – and “not much” can be done about this “on a personal level.”
But it could be easy to miss the glimmer of hope buried in the last line:
“This future could look bleak for morning coffee drinkers, but with the help of farmers and scientists, our cup of joe can be protected.”