“Coffee is part of an ongoing evolution that brings challenges, unleashing new ideas.”
COMPANY: Buhler, Inc.
LOCATION: Minneapolis, MN
LINKEDIN: Buhler Group
Answers attributed to Oskar Rutishauser, Sales Account Manager for Coffee in North America, Buhler Group.
What does Buhler do?
We provide turn-key coffee plant solutions for the entire spectrum of coffee processing, from green intake of coffee, to cleaning, to roasting, grinding and degasing. [We use] a variety of conveying solutions to integrate total process.
* [Ed. note: Millennial translation gifs available here]
For expert insights into the latest coffee market research, don’t miss the upcoming NCA webinar, “The NCA Generational Report: Coffee Through the Ages.” Join Michael Edwards, Dig Insights, on May 28, 1-2 PM EDT. (Open to all, free for NCA members!)
Millennials are really into their coffee – it’s no coincidence that BuzzFeed recently launched their own roast … sold through a personality quiz. But not all cups are created equal.
Just like the cloud, “coffee” often means something different for the 19-35 year old demographic than it does for previous generations.
In fact, Millennial behavior and attitudes are transforming the coffee market. (For starters, they really love espresso.)
But what do these changing consumption trends mean for the future of the coffee industry?
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Coffee and Espresso Service Tech | Lacas Coffee Co.
Director, Commodities Procurement | Mother Parkers Tea & Coffee
By Rocky Rhodes, International Coffee Consulting
[Ed. note: The following is an unsolicited post sharing the author’s experiences at the NCA Annual Convention 2017 in Austin, TX. Learn more about contributing a guest post to The First Pull]
I have been in the coffee industry for 21 years now. I feel I am pretty well versed in most things ‘coffee.’ That was until I went to the National Coffee Association Convention.
The attendees are made up of multi-generational coffee companies that have survived and thrived for 50, 60 – even over 100 years. I knew I had a lot to learn at this event.
By William (Bill) Murray, CEO, NCA
The 2016 U.S. presidential election provoked deep passions across the U.S. that continue to be felt today, as the policy implications continue to unfold.
Last December, we took a first look at how coffee-related policies might be impacted by the election, while conceding that there was much yet to be discovered about the new administration.
Among the various initiatives under discussion by the new administration, a “border adjustment tax” potentially has huge implications not only for the coffee sector, but for every coffee drinker in the U.S. – more than 180 million Americans.
Most ironically, in the case of coffee a “border adjustment tax” could raise the price of everyone’s daily coffee, while not having the intended effect of “bringing jobs to America.”
By Hanna Neuschwander, World Coffee Research
Sometimes facts are so obvious they become invisible.
In the case of coffee, one of those facts is this: Coffee comes from a plant. The entire $225 billion dollar coffee industry in the U.S. is built up from the roots of billions of living, breathing coffee plants that spend their days turning sunlight into fruit. Once you stop and think about it, it’s kind of profound. Nearly 1.7 million jobs — including, if you are reading this, probably yours — depend on those plants doing their thing, photosynthesizing, outsmarting diseases and pests, being rained on at the right time in the right amounts.
It’s also profound to think about just how fragile the entire arrangement is. The vast majority of coffee plants in the field today are really, really (really) genetically similar. Most varieties are not resistant to major diseases. Most are way too old (World Coffee Research guesses that about 50% of coffee trees are more than 50 years old). That leaves coffee especially vulnerable — to disease epidemics like the one that devastated Central American production after 2012, to extremes in weather like excessive rain or drought or frost.
When crops are facing challenges like these, it helps to go back to basics: Coffee is a plant. So — what is needed to help the plant thrive? And, thereby, to help the humans who depend on it?
By Bambi Semroc, Conservation International
[Ed. note: To learn more about this project, join Bambi Semroc and Annette Pensel, Global Coffee Platform, for the breakout session “Making Coffee the First Sustainable Commodity,” at the NCA Annual Convention 2017, March 23-25, Austin, TX]
Source: Conservation International, Cristina Mittermeier ©
Innovation is all around us.
From a 3D printer that enables doctors to construct human tissue, to a virtual reality headset that transports a policymaker in Washington, DC to a remote village in the Amazon to experience projects helping prevent deforestation. Things we never dreamed of 20 years ago are changing our daily lives. And, innovation is not just defined as “the next hot thing” – it’s critical to ensuring the sustainable growth of an industry.
The coffee sector is continually innovating. Consider the new roasting and brewing techniques that led to cold brew and single serve coffees. Or, consumer engagement through creative retail shops offering everything from hands-on technology to fully compostable cups.
That said, innovation in coffee also includes things the everyday drinker might not know about – from researchers developing new varieties and improved practices, to small-scale farmers adopting those varieties and experimenting with new techniques on their farms.
One of the most important innovations the coffee sector has been leading includes the work being done on sustainability.
By Andrés Padilla, Senior Analyst, Rabobank
This post originally appeared on RaboResearch
Retail Slows as Foodservice Remains Hot
Over the past five years, coffee retail sales in the US have grown at a healthy rate. Continue reading
By Joe DeRupo, NCA Director of External Relations & Communications
2016 was a year of uncertainty for the coffee industry, including new threats to basic business norms and protocols.
Here’s an overview of the key issues we faced over the past 12 months, some of the new benefits we’ve made available to members, and what you can expect in the year ahead.
Whether you’re an industry veteran or looking to make a change, there’s never been a more exciting time to pursue a career in coffee.
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Financial Analyst, Central & South America | Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA
VP, Coffee | Fair Trade USA
Education Manager | Toddy, LLC
Food Safety Quality Manager | Toddy, LLC
Machine Technician | La Colombe
Barista | Cafe Grumpy
All positions | Urth Caffe
Branch Quality and Technical Manager | illycaffe
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