The NCA Coffee Summit Provides an Opportunity to Dive Deep into the Market

By Julio Sera, INTL FCStone


One of my favorite aspects of working in the coffee trade – as opposed to markets like soybeans, precious metals or government bonds (like some of my colleagues) – is that so many people have such a direct experience with it every morning. In fact, we drink approximately 3.5 billion cups of coffee each day – equivalent to one cup each for nearly half of all the people on earth right now. That’s a lot of folks “jonesing” for “Joe.”

Stats like that ensure that I’m never at a loss for conversation starters. For example, can you name the top 10 coffee-producing countries in the world? In order?

How about the top 5 importers globally? (This one’s a bit of a trick question, which I’ll get into below.) Continue reading

How to Open a Coffee Shop: The Complete Guide

By Sara Brown, Bond Street 

The full version of this post originally appeared on Bond Street


How can a passionate affinity for coffee and a stirring desire to create something of your own manifest into a successful business?

If you’re overwhelmed by the multitude of initiatives associated with building a new business and are looking for a step-by-step guide that breaks down the everything you need to know about starting a coffee shop enterprise, you’ve come to the right place.

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Discover the New NCA

By Terri Bartlett, NCA


Hi, my name is Terri Bartlett, and I recently joined the National Coffee Association as the Director of Member Relations. I’m thrilled to be a part of this outstanding organization and to have the opportunity and privilege of serving our members.

It is certainly an exciting time at the NCA, from new member benefits and the upcoming Coffee Summit to soon-to-be-announced initiatives. The organization is evolving to meet the ever-changing demands of today’s coffee professionals.

Yet even as the NCA is changing, we remain true to our core mission, which is to help you grow your business and protect our common interests.

I want to thank our members for their commitment, involvement, and financial support. I look forward to getting to know you and assisting you in further leveraging the many benefits of membership.

For those who are not NCA members, now is the perfect time to join our vibrant and expanding community of coffee professionals and take advantage of new member benefits, initiatives, and networking opportunities.

Plus, if you join the NCA during the month of October, you’ll receive 15 months of member benefits for the price of a regular 12-month membership.

Here’s a sample of what’s new at the NCA – and if you are not a member, what you’re missing.

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Bees Partner with Coffee Farmers to Save the Farm

By Janice Nadworny, co-director of Food 4 Farmers

Ed. Note: Like so many farmers and workers around the world, coffee producers can face challenges that threaten their livelihoods – from natural disasters like la roya to inadequate local resources. Here, Food 4 Farmers shares one possible solution for these communities. Not only does beekeeping facilitate viable income diversification, but it also helps to sustain the environment for future harvests.

The following is an excerpt of a post originally published on Fairtrade America.


A survey of households in Mexico, Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Guatemala found that, on average, 63% of coffee households suffered food insecurity during the year. This seasonal food insecurity has a name: Los Meses Flacos, or the thin months of hunger. Families survive by eating less, eating cheap processed food, or going into debt to buy food. (SCAA, from the Blueprint to End Hunger)

Many families resort to off-farm work, neglecting the needs of their farms, with negative consequences for the following year’s harvest. My NGO, Food 4 Farmers, is working to make sure coffee farmers have the option to stay and thrive. Continue reading

Today’s International Coffee Organization (ICO): What You Should Know

By Bill Murray, President, NCA


Last week, the International Coffee Organization (or ICO) held one of its semi-annual meetings in London. Delegates gathered from around the world to discuss coffee-related issues, plan the future of the ICO itself, and explore collaboration. The ICO serves as a useful forum for the coffee sector – with input from the NCA – for collaboration.

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Which Profession Drinks the Most Coffee?

Even if you don’t work in the industry, coffee is likely essential to your career. At-work coffee consumption is rising, according to National Coffee Drinking Trends data.

But which professionals are consuming the most? I Love Coffee made the following infographic based on the results of this survey on coffee consumption trends in the workplace.


Check out I Love Coffee for more coffee infographics