The Next Step in Sustainability Standards

By Verónica Perez, 4C Association

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Last year over 149 million bags of coffee were consumed around the world. The love for this black beverage keeps growing in new markets, with more and more people enjoying coffee in their daily lives.

But as much as they love their cup, an increasing number of consumers also have concerns about the conditions in which farmers produce their beans. Even those less conscious would be upset to find out that protected areas are being deforested to grow coffee, or that pesticides used in production could be putting the health of farmers and workers at risk.

Companies are under increasing pressure to supply coffee that has been produced in accordance to sustainability criteria. But this is not always easy. Continue reading

Communicate, Communicate, Communicate

By William (Bill) Murray, President & CEO, NCA
Twitter: @Bill_CoffeeAssn

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Just today we received an email from one of our member companies – asking if they could refer customers to a recent post on this blog to find information about good single-serve coffee machine maintenance. Yes, please do!

We were delighted to field this question – and would like to encourage all of our members to use our resources.

As an NCA member, your dues help fund all of our work, including our communications. You can help us serve you – and get more bang for your buck, too – by amplifying the NCA’s reach by tapping your own social media channels.  Continue reading

Lorenz Conveying Products

New Member Spotlight

Introducing the latest addition to the NCA community.

Access Door SideLocation: Cobourg Ontario Canada
NCA Member Since: 2015
Twitter: @lorenzconveying

What does Lorenz Conveying Products do?

Lorenz manufactures components for dry bulk gravity & pneumatic conveying systems. Diverter valves, roller gates, couplings, elbows, fittings, cyclones and custom fabrications are all part of the product line manufactured specifically for the coffee/food industries.  Continue reading

Pacific Market International

New Member Spotlight

Introducing the latest addition to the NCA community.

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Located: Seattle, WA
NCA Member Since: June 2015

What does PMI do?

As global experts in the industry, we partner with large specialty coffee chains to elevate their brand through compelling, high-quality product and merchandising solutions that engage and inspire their consumer. We believe in creating on-trend and innovative products that are not only approachable but consumer relevant.  Continue reading

Behind the Hype: Just Clean Your Machine

keepcalmcoffeeonSingle-serve brewing systems have seen exponential gains in market share since they were initially released. As of 2015, 27% of daily coffee drinkers in the U.S. use single-cup brewers, making it the second most common preparation method after traditional drip machines, according the NCA’s National Coffee Drinking Trends report. And their popularity is still growing, both in home and at work.

However, recent headlines have generated new concerns among consumers with dramatic warnings about unclean machines that could make people sick. Of course, health and safety should always be a top priority for handling and preparing any food or beverage. But we also know that in today’s media landscape, the page view is paramount, and a scary headline is a lot more likely to generate those clicks – regardless of whether or not it’s scientifically valid.

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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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Getting Engaged

By William (Bill) Murray, President & CEO, NCA
Twitter: @Bill_CoffeeAssn

Volunteers at the NCA 2015 Coffee Gives Back Day of Service

Volunteers building a bee habitat at the NCA 2015 Coffee Gives Back Day of Service

Over the past seven months, as we’ve been communicating more about what’s happening at the NCA, we’re increasingly getting questions about engagement – or, to put it another way, we’re being asked by our members “How can I get involved with the NCA?”

There are a lot of good reasons to get involved. For starters, did you know that people who volunteer live longer?

When you couple this with research – covered by The New York Times – suggesting that  people who drink coffee may live longer, one might conclude that if you drink coffee AND volunteer you’ve got a lot of upside.

That’s even before you consider that volunteering will help you make some great networking connections, gain experience for your resume, raise your profile and give you the satisfaction of helping your colleagues and industry association.

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