How a New Administration May Impact the Coffee Industry

By Joseph DeRupo, Director of External Relations, NCA

 The following is an excerpt from a recent NCA Member Alert. (Want to receive the latest industry updates directly? Learn more about NCA membership.)

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After a deeply divisive campaign, a new administration is poised to assume power in Washington, having been elected on a platform which has expressed skepticism toward big government and regulatory intervention.

The transfer of power has only just begun, cabinet and agency appointments are a still in progress, and budget negotiations are far off – including the implications of funding cutbacks or additions.

In the meantime, we’re preparing for the changes that may be ahead. Earlier this year, the NCA released the first-ever Economic Impact Study to measure the U.S. coffee economy, and the NCA’s 2017 plan already includes outreach in Washington to raise awareness of the industry’s importance. That outreach will now take on even greater significance as the coming months unfold.

The NCA will not speculate as to what these changes in Washington may mean for coffee. But it’s never too soon to begin planning, and here are some key issues on the industry’s docket:

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Addressing an Aging Population

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Report highlights coffee’s potential role in reducing cognitive decline

Moderate coffee consumption (3-5 cups per day) may protect against age-related cognitive decline and related neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, according to a new report from the Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee (ISIC).

This research supports mounting evidence suggesting that “long-term coffee intake could be a viable strategy for reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and other diseases associated with aging.”

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19 Signs of Executive-Level Leadership

By Bill Murray, NCA, CEO

See the full post on LinkedIn or visit the Coffee Career Center resource page for more leadership tips. 

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With thanks to Laura Freebairn-Smith of the Organizational Performance Group, for permission to cite her findings. 

Ensuring that the right organizational leadership is in place is a task that is so challenging that it has spawned an entire industry.

Whether you search the web or pop into an old-school brick-and-mortar bookstore, the amount of advice on offer about “being a leader” is staggering.

One of the reasons that leadership can be a challenging subject is because it pertains to human behavior. A second difficulty relates to things like stylistic differences, gaps between what is said vs. what is done, and self-promotion.

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The Best Coffee Dessert Recipes for the Holidays

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Coffee is a complex and versatile ingredient that has long been underrated in culinary circles. It adds a complex, rich flavor – plus an extra antioxidant boost.

For the best taste, use fresh grounds or brewed coffee when cooking with coffee (but to minimize waste, here are some ideas for how to use leftover coffee and grounds around the kitchen).

Check out our round-up of some of the best coffee dessert recipes for the holidays, and share your favorites in the comments below.

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Needle in a Haystack: A Practical Guide to Finding Your Next Job

By Bill Murray, NCA, CEO

The following is an edited post orignally published on LinkedIn

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The U.S. Department of Labor reported last month that there were 5.9 million vacant jobs in the U.S., while the rate of people quitting their jobs has been rising steadily.  Companies are hiring, and people are moving on – and up.

Unless you plan on working for one employer forever, at some point you’ll be looking for that next job.  The best time to prepare is now – especially if you aren’t actively looking.

Of course, there are endless job-hunting resources available on specific topics, like resume writing and writing a cover letter. [Ed. note: Including our recently launched Coffee Career Center.]

The key to success is not only successful execution of each step, but also having an overall strategy, much as you would for any long-term project.

Here’s a checklist of strategies, tactics, and considerations:

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Coffee Careers: What Are Internships Worth?

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Internships are critical for hands-on experience in a new profession – especially in an industry complex as coffee. Developing new skills and connections gives you a critical advantage in today’s competitive job market.

For employers, interns offer companies fresh perspectives, critical support to boost team productivity, and/or specialized talent to knock out that key project with long-term benefits. It’s also a great way to give back to the industry, cultivating future leaders through education and mentorship. [Ed. note: Check out our new Coffee Career Center for internships tailored specifically for the coffee industry.]

Here, NCA CEO (and association veteran) William (Bill) Murray shares the importance of establishing an ethical internship program, creating a mutually beneficial and rewarding experience.

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Announcing The Coffee Career Center

By Bill Murray, NCA

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There’s never been a more exciting time to have a career in coffee.

From the barista who pulls the perfect shot, to the unheralded scientists working to preserve the genetic diversity of coffee, professionals all around the world have turned their passion for coffee into a livelihood. And yet, until now, there’s never been an easy way to find those career opportunities – or to find talent to match these opportunities.

This is why we are pleased to announce the launch of the first dedicated career center for coffee – anchored by a coffee job board. A venture of the National Coffee Association, U.S.A., the Coffee Career Center is intended to be your first career stop – whether you are hiring, or looking to get hired, in the fascinating and rewarding world of coffee. Continue reading

6 Ways to Increase Your Coffee Shop Profits

This post originally appeared on Perfect Daily Grind

Written by E. Squires (@ericsguitar) and edited by T. Newton

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Maybe you dream of one day owning your own specialty café. Maybe you already own a shop but are struggling to get out of the startup phase. Or maybe you’re just looking for ways to see a little more return.

The truth is that owning a specialty coffee shop may be the dream — but it’s not just about coffee. It’s also about business, costs, and profit margins. Regardless of where you are with your coffee shop, there’s always room to increase your profits, so read on for our top six ways to do it.

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