It’s not often that coffee producers, exporters, roasters and baristas find themselves in the same room. But earlier this month, about 10,000 people from throughout the coffee value chain converged in Seattle for the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) Event and Symposium. This annual event is a major opportunity to network and build relationships, as well as exchange ideas on important issues affecting the coffee industry.
While all of our partners are classified as social enterprises – mission-driven organizations which apply market-sustained strategies to achieve a social purpose – each employ different business models that catalyze the flow of essential goods and services to people living in poverty.
On July 6, we celebrate and honor the small holder farmers from around the globe in recognition of the UN’s International Day of Cooperatives. Nearly 500 million families make their living from small-scale rural farms in the developing world.