Coffee Association, Organizations, and Boards

ASSOCIATION FOR SCIENCE AND INFORMATION ON COFFEE (Association Scientifique Internationale du Café)

An independent organization, the Association for Science and Information on Coffee (ASIC) organizes international scientific conferences where specialists in various fields of coffee technology and research are able to present investigations and conclusions and meet other specialists.

The 23rd International Scientific conference on Coffee will be held in Bali, Indonesia from October 3 to October 7.

The Association for Science and Information on Coffee works to build an inventory of scientific knowledge, including applied knowledge, coordinating and carrying out research in the field to improve coffee and its derivative products.

The group is concerned with all aspects of the coffee industry including consumers, producers, and wholesalers.

COFFEE ASSOCIATION OF CANADA

With the goal of  being a leader, advocate, and spokesgroup for coffee industry issues, the Coffee Association of Canada is the country’s national trade association for coffee importers, coffee suppliers, coffee retailers, and coffee roasters.

The group also offers education and training programs and creates industry publications.

COFFEE BOARD OF KENYA
Regulating and developing Kenya’s coffee industry, the Coffee Board of Kenya works with the country’s Ministry of Agriculture to formulate rules and policies and oversee the licensing and registration of coffee auctioneers, coffee warehouses, coffee buyers, coffee roasters, coffee packers coffee management and marketing agents, coffee millers, coffee pulping stations, coffee growers, and coffee nurseries with the goal of ensuring they adhere to the set standards.

The Coffee Board of Kenya also provides advice related to improving coffee quality and production, maintains a database of coffee-related information, arbitrates Kenya coffee industry disputes, and represents Kenya in international matters related to coffee. Also see Kenya Coffee.

COFFEE CORPS

A public-private service organization, Coffee Corps advocates for and assists farmers and other workers in developing countries in an effort to help improve living conditions.

COFFEE INDUSTRY BOARD OF JAMAICA (CIB)

According to their Mission Statement, the Coffee Industry Board of Jamaica is concerned with encouraging the development of Jamaica coffee industry, protecting the quality of the product (e.g., Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee), and promoting the welfare of coffee farmers and others in the industry.

The Coffee Industry Board of Jamaica is involved with monitoring and licensing the many aspects of Jamaica’s coffee industry including coffee nurseries, coffee farms, coffee processors, coffee dealers, and coffee consumers. The Board also deals with trademark issues, and they own the Jamaica Blue Mountain® trademark as well as the Jamaica High Mountain Supreme® trademark.

The Coffee Industry Board of Jamaica completes sample tests on Jamaican coffee exports to protect the integrity of the prestigious Jamaica Blue Mountain™ (JBM) label. In addition, the Board helps farmers with coffee plant varietals, weather forecasting, and control of coffee plant diseases and pests, and other technical advice and assistance.

COFFEE KIDS

With a goal of helping to improve the lives of Central American and Mexican families, the non-profit Coffee Kids organization focuses on providing educational opportunities to coffee-growing communities.

Areas of involvement include health awareness, food safety and micro-credit programs.

COFFEE PROJECT

The Coffee Project website will help you buy green coffee beans (beans that have been milled but not yet roasted), coffee brewing equipment, coffee grinders, and even coffee plants.

They also have a variety of movie clips about coffee, and publish a newsletter called Ground Control.

COFFEE QUALITY INSTITUTE

With a goal of increasing the volume as well as the value of the world’s coffee production, the Coffee Quality Institute offers technical assistance and training for coffee producers and others in the coffee industry.

As a non-profit organization, the Coffee Quality Institute is focused on increasing institutional capacity by putting systems into place and building infrastructure with a focus on quality.

Through its Coffee Corps program, which is a public-private partnership, the Coffee Quality Institute matches coffee industry experts with coffee growers who desire assistance and support.

COFFEE RESEARCH FOUNDATION – See Kenya Coffee Research Foundation.

COFFEERESEARCH.ORG

With the lofty goal of improving the quality of the cup of coffee we drink, the Coffee Research Institute developed Coffeeresearch.org to further their goals of promoting coffee-related science and education.

The website content ranges from coffee brewing information and espresso tips to coffee agriculture and coffee politics. Issues such as Bird Friendly Coffee, Fair Trade coffee, Shade-Grown coffee, and organic coffee are all covered by Coffeeresearch.org.

Also covered are the coffee markets including statistics regarding coffee consumption and coffee production. There is also an extensive coffee picture library, a coffee video archive, and coffee training videos.

COFFEE SCIENCE INFORMATION CENTRE (COSIC)

This pan-European group was established in the United Kingdom in 1990 by the Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee (ISIC).

The Coffee Science Information Centre assesses medical research on caffeine and coffee, and maintains a database of published research studies with the goal of providing “accurate, balanced and consistent information” and “bring balance to the coffee and health debate.”

Funding for the Coffee Science Information Centre s provided by the Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee which is comprised of senior executives of prominent European Union food manufacturers including Illycaffe, Lavazza, Tchibo, Nestle, Sara Lee, Paulig, and Kraft.

COFFEESCIENCE.ORG

A service of the National Coffee Association, CoffeeScience.org touts the health benefits of coffee.

COLUMBIAN COFFEE FEDERATION (National Federation of Coffee Growers of Colombia)

Also known as the National Federation of Coffee Growers of Colombia, this non-profit organization is a cooperative of more than 500,000 cafeteros (coffee farmers) and promotes Colombia coffee worldwide with the goal of raising the standard of living for the more than half a million coffee farmers in Colombia.

The Federation also works to maintain the standard of the Juan Valdez ® label and through inspections ensures that all Colombian coffee exports under the label include only 100% Colombia coffee.

Profits from coffee sales go toward Colombian social programs as well as the development of schools, homes, electricity infrastructure, roads, and health care.

The Federation also serves as an insurance for coffee farmers by purchasing their coffee in times of difficult economic conditions in the coffee markets (e.g., the early 1990s).

The Federation also runs agricultural colleges, trains agricultural advisers to help Colombian coffee farmers, and sponsors extensive coffee research and development efforts employing more than 100 chemists and other scientists who strive to improve coffee quality and production as well as to develop growing and processing methods that are better for the ecology.

The Federation is also working to open Juan Valdez® coffees at various locations throughout the world. Also see Colombian Coffee.

EUROPEAN COFFEE FEDERATION

A trade association for Europe’s green coffee trade, coffee roasters, and the European soluble coffee industry, the European Coffee Federation was established in 1981 and today its affiliated companies import about 40 million bags of coffee annually (about half the world’s imports).

The European Coffee Federation is involved in a wide array of coffee-related issues and topics including sustainable agriculture, logistics, transportation, and coffee contracts.

The Federation is also in contact with various other coffee-related organizations in both coffee producing and coffee consuming countries as well as international organizations such as the International Coffee Organization.

Every June the European Coffee Federation publishes the European Coffee Report, an annual accounting of Europe’s coffee trade including information that is relevant to the Federation’s member associations and their national markets.

FEDERATION OF COOPERATIVES OF THE VERAPACES (FEDECOVERA)

This independent Guatemala organization (a second level cooperative) founded in 1976 is comprised of 36 cooperatives totaling some 60,000 people as well as 80,000 farmers (of coffee, black tea, cardamom) who are organized into 33 groups.

The membership of FEDECOVERA is virtually all indigenous Mayans who are mostly either Pocomchi or Q’eqchi’. A primary goal of FEDECOVERA is to improve the lives of indigenous people of Guatemala.

GROUNDS FOR HEALTH

Providing life-saving health care including cancer screening to coffee farmers and their families, Grounds for Health is supported by the coffee industry, endorsed by the World Health Organization and was developed based on research funded by the Gates Foundation. Their focus is on the early detection and treatment of cervical cancer.

Rural women are able to receive screening and care in a single visit offered through health care providers in local communities who receive assistance with skills and equipment as well as medical volunteers from the United States.

Grounds for Health also works to improve local hospitals and educate women in coffee growing regions about cervical cancer and empower them to manage their health.

HAWAII COFFEE ASSOCIATION

With a goal of promoting Hawaii coffee exports and consumption, the Hawaii Coffee Association promotes coffee-related legislation such as the Hawaii State Truth in Labeling Bill of 2003. They also provide announcements of upcoming conferences and trade shows.

As a coffee processors’ trade association, the Hawaii Coffee Association includes coffee wholesalers, coffee retailers, coffee growers, coffee processors, and coffee roasters.

The association also sponsors an Annual Conference & Trade Show every summer in Hawaii. This conference now includes a Statewide Coffee Cupping Competition and features coffee s from eight different Hawaii coffee-growing regions.

POSITIVELY COFFEE

As part of the communication program of the International Coffee Organization, Positively Coffee strives to share quality information about coffee and health.

INSTITUTE FOR SCIENTIFIC INFORMATION ON COFFEE (ISIC)

Comprised of senior executives of prominent European Union food manufacturers – including Illycaffe, Lavazza, Tchibo, Nestle, Sara Lee, Paulig, and Kraft – the Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee established the Coffee Science Information Centre (COSIC) in 1990 in the United Kingdom to assess medical research on caffeine and coffee, and maintain a database of published research studies with the goal of providing “accurate, balanced and consistent information” and “bring balance to the coffee and health debate.”

INTERNATIONAL COFFEE ORGANIZATION (ICO)

An intergovernmental organization, the International Coffee Organization works to promote coffee, foster international cooperation regarding coffee, improve coffee products, and accomplish other coffee-associated goals.

Founded in 1963 under the United Nations, the International Coffee Organization administers the International Coffee Agreement and serves as a link between coffee consuming and coffee producing countries.

The International Coffee Organization is also involved in market development, food safety, coffee statistics, and coffee research while also working to solve various challenges such as improving the standard of living in developing countries.

The International Coffee Organization also encourages sustainable building and initiates projects to improve the quality of coffee marketing and add value to coffee products.

Quarterly reports published by the International Coffee Organization include information about coffee production, coffee imports, and pricing variables for green coffee, roasted coffee, and soluble coffee including information about the coffee’s origin as well as its final destination.

Among the members of the International Coffee Organization are 32 countries that import coffee (comprising about 80% of the world’s coffee consumption) and 45 countries that export coffee (comprising about 97% of the world’s coffee production).

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S COFFEE ALLIANCE

With a goal of empowering women in the international coffee community, the International Women’s Coffee Alliance sponsors a variety of programs in developing countries.

These programs provide various forms of assistance including educational supplies, self-powered radios, farming assistance, fundraising help, and medical assistance including cancer vaccine.

KENYA COFFEE RESEARCH FOUNDATION

Kenya’s Coffee Research Foundation was incorporated as a State Corporation under the Ministry of Agriculture in 1964.

The organization had its origins when the Ruiri Coffee Research Station was established in 1944 as the Foundation’s headquarters near Ruiri in 1944 at the Jacaranda Estate.

Eventually the Coffee Research Foundation established substations in other districts including the Kitale substation for the Tran-Nzoia District, the Kisii Station for the Kisii District, the Mariene substation for the Meru Central District, and a demonstration plot located at Namwela in the Bungoma District as well as other sites.

The Coffee Research Foundation works to improve the lives of coffee growers and create new coffee industry jobs in Kenya by improving efficiency, productivity, and quality.

The Foundation also promotes coffee research including developing new coffee plant varietals and improving agricultural methods.

Commercial coffee cultivars produced by the Coffee Research Foundation include the varietals: Ruiri 11, which grows well at all elevations and is resistant to coffee berry disease as well as coffee leaf rust; SL28, which grows well at high to medium elevations where coffee leaf rust is not a significant problem; SL34, which grows well at higher elevations with ample rainfall; and Kent, which grows well at lower elevation areas that are also vulnerable to coffee leaf rust. Also see Kenya Coffee.

KONA COFFEE COUNCIL

Representing a consortium of Hawaii coffee farmers, the Kona Coffee Council provides a Seal of Approval that is displayed on the bags of coffee sold by members.

A nice feature of the website is the ability to search for different Kona coffee farms and read about what products they sell, whether they provide coffee farm tours, and other information.

KONA COFFEE FARMERS ASSOCIATION

Advocating for the coffee growers of the Kona region on the Big Island of Hawaii, the Kona Coffee Farmers Association strives to protect and preserve the unique Kona coffee heritage.

The Association is also involved with economic and legislative issues focused on ensuring the legal protection of the Kona Coffee brand name.

NATIONAL COFFEE ASSOCIATION

A United States coffee company Trade Association, the National Coffee Association is involved with many aspects of the coffee industry including sponsoring coffee production and coffee consumption research.

The National Coffee Association’s online newsletter is called The Coffee Reporter and provides up-to-date information about the coffee industry and coffee-related issues and trends worldwide as well as coffee pricing statistics.

NATIONAL FEDERATION OF COFFEE GROWERS OF COLUMBIA (Colombian Coffee Federation)

This non-profit organization is a cooperative of more than 500,000 cafeteros (coffee farmers) and promotes Colombian coffee worldwide with the goal of raising the standard of living for the more than half a million coffee farmers in Colombia.

The Federation also works to maintain the standard of the Juan Valdez ® label and through inspections ensures that all Colombia coffee exports under the label include only 100% Colombian coffee.

Profits from coffee sales go toward Colombian social programs as well as the development of schools, homes, electricity infrastructure, roads, and health care.

The Federation also serves as an insurance for coffee farmers by purchasing their coffee in times of difficult economic conditions in the coffee markets (e.g., the early 1990s).

The Federation also runs agricultural colleges, trains agricultural advisers to help Colombian coffee farmers, and sponsors extensive coffee research and development efforts employing more than 100 chemists and other scientists who strive to improve coffee quality and production as well as to develop growing and processing methods that are better for the ecology.

The Federation is also working to open Juan Valdez® coffees at various locations throughout the world. Also see Colombia Coffee.

OXFAM INTERNATIONAL

A confederation of 14 organizations working with more than 3,000 partner organizations, Oxfam strives to reduce poverty and injustice by working directly with communities.

Oxfam’s areas of focus include development (long-term programs to eliminate injustice and poverty); emergencies (delivering assistance to those in need due to conflicts and natural disasters); campaigning (raising awareness of the need to take action); advocacy (to change practices and policies to eradicate injustice and poverty); and policy research (quality information based on research and analysis to give Oxfam a voice of authority).

ROASTERS GUILD

Dedicated to the art and science of roasting gourmet coffee, The Roasters Guild is a trade guild of the the Specialty Coffee Association of America. The Roasters Guild strives to improve the skills and knowledge of specialty coffee roasters.

The Roasters Guild encourages interaction between members (who must have coffee roasting as an integral part of their profession) and also recognizes excellence in roasters.

Along with producing a quarterly newsletter, The Roasters Guild also sponsors an Annual Retreat and participates in the Annual Conference of the Specialty Coffee Association of America.

SPECIALTY COFFEE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA

As the world’s largest trade organization with almost 3,000 company members, the Specialty Coffee Association of America has listed among its members many specialty coffee retailers, coffee roasters, coffee wholesalers, coffee importers, and coffee growers from more than 40 countries.

Founded in 1982, the Specialty Coffee Association is a United States trade industry group that promulgates cultivation standards and offers resources that include education and training opportunities as well as business services.

A founding goal of the Specialty Coffee Association, which has its headquarters in Long Beach, California, is to set quality standards for the gourmet coffee trade and establish a common forum for the discussion of issues.

The Specialty Coffee Association of America publishes a bi-monthly newsletter called the Specialty Coffee Chronicle, and also runs professional certification programs and conducts coffee industry research.

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7 thoughts on “Coffee Association, Organizations, and Boards

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    With Best Regards,

    Getachew Zeleke

  2. Dear Sirs,
    Thank you for your full information. I am senior coffee agronomist who specialized in coffee coffee production in Ethiopia. As you know Ethiopia is endowed with unique coffee types where the coffees are not yet characterized for their quality. Coffee industry is fighting on a drop out of an ocean. There are a lot of good quality coffee even better than that of Panama Gesha. The problem with Ethiopian coffee is its traditional production system. If the production system is improved and the favorable environmental conditions are utilized more unique qualities will come to the coffee markets. I am currently trying to fill this gap with the objective of improving the production system through consultancy services. This will be assisting the producers to produce using environmental friendly conservation based production systems. All stakeholders in the industry should work hand in hand to make use of the untapped wealth of coffee in Ethiopia. I need your all rounded assistance to achieve the goals. Many thanks in advance for your positive responses.

    With Best Regards,

    Getachew Zeleke

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