The following post is the first in a three-part series that looks at how the coffee industry can become more circular and direct across the supply chain.
By Dr. Terry Tudor and Dr. Nicholas Head, SusConnect Ltd
The global coffee industry is growing. However, it is important that there are measures taken to ensure that this growth is circular and that small farmers and producers benefit along the way.
World coffee production for 2018/19 is forecast 11.4 million bags higher than the previous year at a record 171.2 million primarily due to Brazil’s record output, according to the USDA’s “Coffee: World Markets and Trade” report, published June 2018.
With global consumption forecast at a record 163.2 million bags, exports are expected up in response to strong demand. Ending stocks are forecast to rebound following 3 years of decline.
“Coffee is both delicious and healthy.”
California’s Misguided Labeling Decision Impacts Coffee Growers & Drinkers
This post was originally published on the Global Farmer Network
By Luiz Roberto Saldanha Rodrigues
When a Los Angeles judge earlier this month finalized a ruling that coffee sold in California must carry cancer warning labels, many California residents may not have paid much attention to yet another labeling requirement.
Ever since voters passed Proposition 65 more than 30 years ago, after all, Californians have watched the steady proliferation of vague statements about chemicals, cancer, and birth defects. They appear almost everywhere, from the windows of hardware stores to signs at Disneyland. They’re so abundant that Amazon even sells them as stickers in rolls of 500.
Many people have begun to ignore these labels because they’re so common and because the information they convey is almost useless.
So why am I concerned if they now also show up on coffee?
Proceeds from the #GFHAuction will support cervical cancer screenings and treatment for women coffee farmers and communities at origin (Photo: Grounds for Health)
Calling all roasters (and retailers): Bid on green coffee & equipment now through June 7
The following post was originally published on the Grounds for Health blog
In 2009, we created the Grounds for Health Auction to give the specialty coffee community a meaningful way to give back to origin.
We hoped it would last at least a year or two …
COMPANY: Swiss Water Decaffeinated Coffee Company
LOCATION: Burnaby, British Columbia
NCA MEMBER SINCE: 2005
What does the Swiss Water Decaffeinated Coffee Company do?
We decaffeinate coffee using a 100% chemical-free water process that preserves the maximum flavor and character of the bean.
A coffee farmer inspects his crop in Colombia. Photo: Neil Palmer (CIAT) – via Wikimedia
Perspectives on the New SCA Report On Farm Profitability
In an article published on Daily Coffee News, Kraig Kraft from CRS Coffeelands addressed the Specialty Coffee Association’s recently released report that reviewed existing public information about farm profitability and costs.
The main — and surprising — conclusion from the analysis is that farm yield is not correlated to farm income. On the surface, this seems somewhat paradoxical.
Why wouldn’t higher production lead to more income?
via The Daily Intake
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) introduced a new web page and graphic timeline that consolidates the compliance dates for the latest Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) regulations.