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.
Mardi Gras World at the NCA 2018 Convention
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.
Shelby Westfeldt Mills
President, Coffee/Tea Trader
Westfeldt Brothers, Inc.
NCA Next Gen Council
Interviewed by Janet Colley Morse
How and when did you get involved with the coffee industry?
It was right after Katrina in 2005 and I was living in New York City interviewing for jobs in advertising. My dad had to relocate Westfeldt Brothers to North Carolina, and asked if I would work on the New York Board of Trade (now the ICE) as a clerk and assist WBI.
I put everything on hold and started immediately. I fell in love with it!
If you ask how I ended up at Westfeldt Brothers, that was probably because my mom made my dad give me a job.
What interested you in joining the NCA Next Gen group and then becoming part of the council?
It’s been two weeks since Hurricane Florence slammed into the Carolina coast. In the storm’s devastating wake, communities across the southeastern United States are still struggling with flooding, wastewater, and access to basic supplies.
During difficult times, small things can mean the most. That’s why the Community Coffee team, in partnership with organizations like The Salvation Army USA, USO of North Carolina, American Red Cross, and Harris Teeter, has served 16,000 cups of coffee to first responders and victims of Hurricane Florence to date.
“Good or bad, everyone loved sharing stories over a hot cup of Community coffee,” says Sean Kirby, Field Manager.
Watch the video below:
Demonstrate Your Commitment to Supporting #WomenInCoffee with the IWCA
By Melissa Pugash & Margaret Swallow, Co-Founders, International Women’s Coffee Alliance
Monday, October 1, 2018 is the International Coffee Organization’s 4th Annual International Coffee Day.
Hosted by the ICO, “International Coffee Day is a global celebration of coffee’s long journey from the farm to your local shop — an opportunity to honor the women and men who grow and harvest the coffee we love.”
The seventy-seven member states of the ICO selected “Women in Coffee” as the theme for this year’s International Coffee Day.
Help track our industry’s life-saving impact.
By Spencer Turer, Coffee Enterprises
The coffee industry has recognized programs which support social responsibility, environmental stewardship, health issues, gender initiatives, women coffee producers, and sustainable communities at origin — often through the support of companies both large and small.
Here’s an opportunity to help the coffee industry make a big impact, as just one individual.
The American Red Cross is most familiar for their disaster relief services and regular blood drives. Through a coordinated effort (and the wonders of technology), the coffee industry can support a national campaign which provides benefits in our local communities.
By Guillaume Zbinden, Be Green Trading
On behalf of the NCA NextGen Council
Switzerland is an important country for the coffee trade and roasting industry, and serves as the headquarters for several major coffee trading houses and roasters. (The country is even one of the world’s top five coffee exporters.)
This year, leadership from across the international coffee industry will come together for the 9th annual Swiss Coffee Trading Association Gala Dinner, October 11-12, 2018, in Geneva. It’s part of the SCTA Conference & Dinner 2018, “Making Waves.”
The following post is an edited excerpt of contend provided by Volcafe. Volcafe is an NCA member company. (Learn more about contributing guest blog posts to National Coffee.)
Visit the NCA Coffee Gives Back Charity Showcase to learn more about how NCA members are working to support coffee communities at origin.
Child labor is a big problem in some of the poorer areas of Uganda, which includes coffee producing communities. Unfortunately, there is no simple solution.
Any resolution demands a dedicated, sustained effort. It must get to the root cause of the problem and improve the economic viability of households so that parents can afford to let their children attend school.
Some coffee companies are choosing step up and take action to empower positive change at origin.
Janet Colley Morse, Dupuy, at the NCA Convention 2017
The following post 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. It is part of an ongoing series introducing you to the NCA Next Gen Council.
Janet Colley Morse
NCA Next Gen Council Member
Vice President at Dupuy Storage & Forwarding, LLC
As interviewed by Shelby Westfeldt Mills, NCA Next Gn Council Member Continue reading
Newly created role recognizes the dedication and expertise of respected industry veteran (and coffee community icon).
From the NCA Newsroom
The National Coffee Association announced today that Doreen Madigan has been promoted to Director, Events and Member Services.
In her new role, Ms. Madigan will continue to oversee all aspects of the coffee industry’s premier gathering, the NCA Annual Convention. In addition, Ms. Madigan administers the operation of the NCA’s sister organization, the Green Coffee Association (GCA), where she serves as Corporate Secretary. Continue reading
By IWCA Co-Founders Melissa Pugash and Margaret Swallow
This is a year in which businesses and nonprofits are reviewing and reimagining the roles that women play within their organizations. As co-founders, we’re pleased that the International Women’s Coffee Alliance (IWCA) was a pioneer in bringing the role of women in our industry into the national and global spotlight.
In that spirit, the ICO announced that “Women in Coffee” is the theme for International Coffee Day 2018 on October 1.