The Secret Life of Bees

By Nikki Seibert Kelley for the Bee Cause Project

“In the end, we only conserve what we love, we only love what we understand, and we understand only what we are taught.”

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Under the dabbled light of a subtropical forest, the sweet smell from coffee flowers entices one of java’s smallest customers: the honeybee.

Honeybees are attracted to coffee flowers for their sugary, high-quality nectar. According to recent studies, visits from pollinators have been shown to increase coffee yields by as much as 50%.

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Overcome All: An Open Letter From Jason Redman

The 5 Principles of Elite Performers – and 6 Tenants to Live By

Editor’s note: Jason Redman, former Navy SEAL, author of “The Trident,” and founder of SOF Spoken, delivered the keynote presentation at the NCA 2016 Annual Convention in San Diego. He shared a story about his journey into Iraq and back – immediately putting any bad day at the office in perspective. (Pro tip: “If you’re not being shot at, it’s probably not so bad.”)

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Due to overwhelming response from Convention attendees, we’re posting the following letter Redman wrote to Bill Murray, NCA CEO, following the event. 

Dear Bill and all the amazing members of the NCA:

I wanted thank all of you for your amazing hospitality and FANTASTIC reception I received at the NCA annual conference.

From every company and individual I met, I was treated like a member of the coffee family. Thank you all for allowing me to come in as a keynote speaker and share my story and message. I truly feel blessed to be able to spread my message of the five principles of elite performers.

Due to time restraints I was unable to cover my six tenets that I strive to follow in my personal life, so I have included a summary of both the five principles and six tenets for everyone’s review.

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Grounds for Health Doubles Impact in 2015, Has Big Plans Ahead

Cervical cancer is a nearly 100% treatable disease, and yet in the next 15 years it is expected to kill six million women – 90% of whom will live in developing countries.

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By Pam Kahl, Vice President, Communications and Development, Grounds For Health

In the last 18 months, Grounds for Health has quietly reorganized to meet our goal of reaching 50,000 women annually by 2020.

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A Holiday Guide to Gifts That Give Back

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Still looking for that perfect gift for the coffee lover(s) in your life?

Whether you’re shopping for a picky coworker or your geeky sibling who already has all the latest gadgets, we got you covered.

In keeping with the spirit of the holiday season, our editors put together a coffee-themed guide to charitable gift ideas that let you make a difference with each dollar.

These are only a few of the many companies and products that make it easy to give back this holiday season. Please let us know if we’re forgetting your favorite in the comments, or contact us at info@ncausa.org.

 

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First-Ever Official International Coffee Day to Take Place on Oct. 1, 2015

ICO International Coffee Day

We’re excited to be a part of the inaugural celebration of the coffee industry, which will focus on raising support for smallholder coffee farmers.

The ICO and Oxfam‘s “Caffè Sospeso Against Poverty” campaign is based on the concept of a ‘caffè sospeso,’ an Italian tradition of paying for a second cup of coffee to be given to a person in need.

Learn more over on the International Coffee Organization Blog, and stay tuned for updates.

How will you celebrate the first #InternationalCoffeeDay?

A Taste of Home

By Tom Jastermsky

Sometimes a small cup of coffee can make a big difference. It can be a taste of home for members of the military abroad, offering consistency and comfort in difficult times.

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Since 2006, Holy Joe’s Café has been an all-volunteer outreach program sending free coffee to deployed chaplains who are embedded with troops throughout the world. The organization is based out of The First Congregational Church in Wallingford, Connecticut.

This relaxing and informal setting gives soldiers an opportunity to decompress, relax and speak with a chaplain — while also enjoying a good cup coffee.

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