Changing from conventional to more sustainable practices
By Morten Scholer, former UN advisor and author of the recent book Coffee and Wine: Two Worlds Compared
The following post is first in a two-part series
Almost half of all coffee is produced under one of the recognized sustainability standards. That’s 70 million bags, or four million metric tons.
However, only around a third of sustainably recognized coffee is eventually traded and labelled as sustainable – a discrepancy that is being addressed by all parties involved in attempts to reduce the gap.
Daiane Vital embracing her mother Vanilda de Souza Vital, south of Minal Geraris Brazil. Photo: Danielle Sereio
“The industry must do a better job at telling coffee’s history, beyond those who carried the bean throughout different parts of the world…”
– Phyllis Johnson, BD Imports, NCA Board Member
In the most recent issue, Roast Magazine published an insightful and important article by Phyllis Johnson, NCA board member and BD Imports president & co-founder.
“Strong Black Coffee, Why Aren’t African Americans More Prominent in The Coffee Industry?” features perspectives from 14 black coffee professionals.
The following is a summary of the original piece, with new reflections and an update from Johnson’s recent trip to Brazil during International Coffee Week.
Applications for the NCA 2019 Origin Charity of the Year Award are due December 10. Learn more.
By William, (Bill) Murray, NCA CEO & President
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Now more than ever, our communities and neighbors could use a helping hand. In the coffee industry, our community crosses borders with our supply chain, and giving back is no longer optional.
Here at the National Coffee Association (NCA), we decided about a year ago that – rather than starting yet one more program to help others – we were uniquely positioned to help in a different way.
Research suggests coffee associated with approximately 25% lower risk of type 2 diabetes
via the Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee (ISIC)
A report titled “Coffee and type 2 diabetes: A review of the latest research” highlights the potential role of coffee consumption on the reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes, and the potential mechanisms involved.
A new study found that coffee drinkers are actually more sensitive to the bitter taste of caffeine.
Coffee is a complex beverage – and it’s experienced differently by everyone.
Your appreciation (or not) of coffee is largely driven by genetics, which control a host of factors raging from your caffeine tolerance to sensory perception.
A new study from Northwestern University, recently published in Scientific Reports, found that coffee lovers aren’t less sensitive to the bitter taste of coffee – instead, the opposite is true.
This suggests an interesting psychological phenomenon behind our love of coffee.
Behind the scenes with the President & CEO of the National Coffee Association USA
William (Bill) Murray has served as President and CEO of the National Coffee Association (NCA) since 2014, following leadership positions at the Public Relations Society of America and the Motion Picture Association.
And clearly he’s kept caffeinated. In a few short years, the NCA has evolved as an organization to provide enhanced member benefits and educational opportunities, while also serving as a critical advocate on key industry issues like the Prop. 65 labeling case in California.
Here, he talks to Zach Olsen, Regional Sales Manager at Bunn USA and incoming Chair of the NCA Next Generation Council, about his career, the coffee industry, and Caddyshack.
Both caffeinated and decaf coffee showed the protective effect against cognitive decline
Drinking coffee has previously been linked to a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. Now, scientists may be closer to understanding why.
New research from the Krembil Research Institute examines how coffee helps protect against long-term cognitive decline — and it turns out that the roast might matter.
via Bill Murray, NCA President & CEO on LinkedIn
Daylight savings time is over — will you be grabbing an extra cup of coffee this afternoon?
A recent article in National Geographic looks at the latest research behind why you love (or don’t love) coffee.
Spoiler alert: It’s in your genes!
From antioxidants to acidity, how is cold brew different from hot coffee?
Cold brew is the hottest trend in coffee: The domestic cold brew coffee market grew 580% from 2011 to 2016, according to research from Mintel.
Now, new research from Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University found chemical differences between hot and cold brew coffee, which may have potential health impacts.
From health and nutrition to the consumption championship, here are some coffee-focused highlights from the (dangerously addicting) New York Times‘ digital archives, The Timesmachine: