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SCA NOW ACCEPTING NOMINEES FOR 2023/24 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Specialty Coffee Association is now accepting nominations for the 2023-2024 SCA Board of Directors. Nominations close on Friday, June 24, and interviews with the Nominating Committee will take place in July. The SCA will announce the slate of candidates selected through the interview process by Tuesday, August 31. The SCA Board of Directors consists …

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COMPANIES OPPOSE NESPRESSO’S B CORP CERTIFICATION 

Bartalks reported in May about Nespresso achieving B Corp certification. It is a certification bestowed upon businesses with “high standards of verified performance, accountability, and transparency on factors, from employee benefits and charitable giving to supply chain practices and input materials.” In order to achieve the certification, a company must score above 80 points on …

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ICO’S 2022 INTERNATIONAL COFFEE AGREEMENT INCLUDES PRIVATE SECTOR

On 9 June, the International Coffee Organisation (ICO) announced a new, groundbreaking deal called “International Coffee Agreement 2022”. In the spirit of collaboration, the organisation formally welcomed among its midst “the world’s biggest coffee retailers, roasters and manufacturers, together with coffee farmers” for the first time in 60 years. The Chair of the International Coffee …

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Honduras Coffee

NORMAN BORLAUG INSTITUTE ESTABLISHES COFFEE INSTITUTE IN HONDURAS

The Norman Borlaug Institute is an institution named after possibly the most famous agronomist, who won the Nobel Peace prize after his research revolutionised food yields. He was credited with saving billions of lives from starvation. The Institute is active in Honduras and is now working to improve the quality of life for Hondurans. It …

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Volcafe

SWISS TRADER VOLCAFE AND DSS+ COLLABORATE FOR NET-ZERO OPERATIONS

In response to the global climate crisis, Swiss coffee trader Volcafe has recently teamed up with Sofies Group, now a part of operations management consulting firm dss+, to tackle the company’s carbon footprint. The two companies are actively working on a global carbon accounting initiative across Volcafe’s 25+ origin and destination locations. The result of …

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SWEDISH COFFEE ROASTER, LÖFBERGS, LOOKS EAST FOR EXPANSION

Löfbergs is a Swedish coffee roaster that has seen some success selling coffee in commercial environments. Here in the UK, they’re perhaps best known for providing a one-stop solution for coffee service to offices. They provide the machines, and of course, all the coffee that goes inside them. Today, they announced plans to expand into …

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Nespresso

NESPRESSO ACHIEVES B-CORP CERTIFICATION

Nespresso has recently announced it has passed B-Lab evaluation and achieved B Corp Certification. In attaining this, the company has joined the movement with more than 4,900 companies around the world, and vowed to operate inclusively, equitably, and regeneratively. The CEO of Nespresso, Guillaume Le Cunff, said: “B Corp Certification reflects a 30-year Nespresso commitment to sustainability, …

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BAZZARA PARTNERS WITH BARTALKS TO EXPORT COFFEE CULTURE

Bazzara takes the culture of Italian coffee overseas: a new partnership with the well-known magazine Bartalks has been signed Bazzara starts a new important collaboration with the independent magazine Bartalks; the Italian coffee culture will be promoted directly by the historic roasting firm based in Trieste through an online column A reason for great pride, …

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4C’S FIRST APPROACH & IMPACT REPORT IS

4C describes themselves as an independent third-party certification scheme for the sustainable cultivation, processing and trading of coffee. They have now released their first “Approach & Impact Report” to showcase their development over the last four years, when they transitioned from a verification to certification organisation. As a stakeholder-driven and internationally recognised sustainability standard for …

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ICO ISSUES REBUTTAL ON UCDA ALLEGATIONS

The ICO has issued a point-by-point rebuttal of the Media release, circulated by Uganda after they departed the organisation. When the UCDA issued their statement, it lacked a lot of diplomacy and revealed some clearly deep-seated resentments. But why is Uganda so upset, and is it justified? It’s not unusual for an amount of fogginess …

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AS UGANDA LEAVES ICO, USA CONSIDERS REJOINING

Bloomberg reports that Vanusia Nogueira, who will take over as executive director of the ICO in May, is in talks with Biden’s administration to re-establish the U.S. as an ICO member organisation. Biden has stated that his administration wants to return to normalisation of trade with many of their international partners in a repudiation to …

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Fairtrade

STARBUCKS ENDS DEAL WITH FAIRTRADE EMEA

Starbucks has announced that they will be cutting back on purchases of fair trade coffee and has ended the relationship with FairTrade in the U.K., the Middle East and Africa. The global coffee chain will instead promote its own sustainability initiatives, ending a relationship that spanned 12 years and was one of FairTrade’s flagship customers. …

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