Tag Archives: Sustainability

SCAA 2012 Notes: Research & Extension for Sustainability in Coffee

A fellow WCR staff member and I happily joined our executive director at SCAA 2012. Our aim was to learn more about the specialty coffee industry. I wanted to know what issues the industry considered most important, how World Coffee Research could help, and how I could better communicate our mission and our future research. One thing is clear, World Coffee Research is essential to achieving sustainability in specialty coffee. Read More →

SCAA Chronicle: Sustainability is Dead. Long Live Sustainability! by Peter Giuliano

“I was a young coffee person when the concept of sustainability became big news in coffee. In those days—the roaring ’90s of coffee—the idea of thinking in the long-term about agriculture and about industry seemed fresh, exciting and different. The concept of acting in the interest of the long haul, and looking at the bigger picture of economic interdependence and environmental impact was downright revolutionary. The organic agricultural movement—binding together farmers who treated their farm like an ecosystem and refused to damage its soil with synthetic agrochemicals—spread to coffee farmers, and organic coffees began to be widely available.” Read More →