Category: Blog Posts

Re:co Seattle 2017 Fellow Feature: Javier Palacios

In this series, we’re learning a bit more about the 2017 Re:co Seattle Fellows that were mentored by S&D team members. Re:co Symposium Fellows are future and current leaders in specialty coffee, helping to shape the conversation and design the path forward for the industry. S&D served as the sole sponsor for this program for […]

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May 19, 2017 Coffee and Tea Market Report

Coffee Market The C market saw a volatile week courtesy of some macro turmoil but in the end it remained within the recent range. The Brazilian Presidential scandal caused the market to drop sharply on Thursday as the Real weakened quickly. Much of those losses were reversed today though as new shorts covered quickly. Overall […]

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Looking for your untapped profit center at NRA 2017

As the largest coffee and tea manufacturer and supplier to restaurants and convenience stores in America, we bring deep knowledge to help operations tap into their beverage profit centers. From freshly brewed flavored iced teas to coffees from around the world, every cup at S&D tells a story. The National Restaurant Association (NRA) Show — […]

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May 12, 2017 Coffee and Tea Market Report

Coffee Market The C market closed little changed week to week once again as it continues to trade sideways. Specs continue to dominate the activity but even they are increasingly skittish. After selling the market to one-year lows a few weeks ago they have juggling positions back and forth in indecision. At this point they […]

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Cascara – Do you really want the cherry on top?

As a food scientist, I am always interested in seeing what the latest and greatest products are, especially in my current focus area of coffee and tea. The one that caught my attention recently is Cascara tea. Having only tasted this beverage a couple of times, it is very mildly flavored with some sweet and […]

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May 5, 2017 Coffee and Tea Market Report

Coffee Market The C market posted slight gains week to week after more lackluster trade. After seeing a one year low last week the market bounced nine cents on short cover from the same specs who sold the lows. Funds added to net shorts but overall there remains a strong lack of conviction. Industry continues […]

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Coffee Megatrend #5: Cold-brew IS its own category and will go mainstream

As the largest coffee and tea manufacturer and supplier to restaurants and convenience stores in America, we are in tune with the trends of the away-from-home market for coffee — which entails 10 billion servings annually and is growing at a 6 percent clip. In this blog series, we will walk through 10 mega trends […]

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What affects the price of coffee?

What affects the price of coffee? Well, the simplest answer is supply and demand. Coffee is an agricultural commodity, and production changes will affect price. Simply put, lower production equals higher price while higher production equals lower price. Simple right? Well, it’s actually not so cut and dry, and over the last decade the complexities […]

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Connecting with S&D at the 2017 Global Specialty Coffee Expo

Next week, members of the S&D team will be headed to Seattle for Re:co Symposium and the Global Specialty Coffee Expo (formerly the SCAA Expo). The Symposium and Expo are always great opportunities to connect with other members of our industry to discuss consumer trends, supply chain developments and the future of coffee ― and […]

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Judging, Competing and Connecting: An inside perspective on CoffeeFest Nashville

CoffeeFest Nashville 2017 marked a bunch of firsts for me. I had the absolute distinct honor to join the World Latte Art Open Judges panel with fellow champion Shroeder Hsieh [Tokyo 2015], owner of Milkglider University, Taipei City, Taiwan, and David Schomer of Espresso Vivace, one of the first developers of latte art in America. […]

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April 7, 2017 Coffee and Tea Market Report

Coffee Market The C market remains firmly stuck in a state of apathy. The week finished with a spike higher, the reverse of last week’s ending spike lower. Prices finished with nominal gains on the week. Industry buying was noted at the week’s lows again as a patient scale approach persists. The spike today saw […]

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March 31, 2017 Coffee and Tea Market Report

Coffee Market The C market posted modest (less than two cents) plus signs on the week but overall remains mired near the low end of a well-worn range. There was little in the news to generate any momentum. The US Dollar saw some gyrations as the official “Brexit” took hold but in the end there […]

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March 24, 2017 Coffee and Tea Market Report

Coffee Market It was an exciting close for those traders that didn’t make it to the NCA (National Coffee Association) meeting in Austin; traders were on pins and needles to see if the market would close above or below the psychologically important 140 level, basis July. Alas both bulls and bears were disappointed by the […]

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March 17, 2017 Coffee and Tea Market Report

Coffee Market The C market posted another quiet week overall. An early break to fresh two-month lows saw specs sell but offered little follow through. Industry buying continues to be patient around the 140 area and the market quickly reversed as specs covered shorts. That was the most excitement for the week as prices basically […]

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Coffee Megatrend #4: This is the age of the coffeehouse and bar mash-up.

As the largest coffee and tea manufacturer and supplier to restaurants and convenience stores in America, we are in tune with the trends of the away from home market for coffee — which entails 10 billion servings annually and is growing at a 6 percent clip. In this blog series, we will walk through 10 […]

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March 10, 2017 Coffee and Tea Market Report

Coffee Market The C market ended the week lower overall but prices basically meandered in a tight range (less than five cents) for the entire week. “Quiet” was the most used word on most phone calls. The industry seems well covered, though there was buying again as prices neared 140. Origin is quiet as well […]

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What’s on your plate?

When a person meets a chef the usual questions asked are: do you cook at home and what is your favorite thing to eat? Let me start by first letting you know that chefs are no different than anyone else. Although we all have our day jobs, it doesn’t exclude us from familial duties. In […]

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March 3, 2017 Coffee and Tea Market Report

Coffee Market The C market touched an eight-week low as specs and funds turned sellers (liquidating longs) but overall the action was a mixed bag, and the tone of the market is largely apathetic. Despite a volatile week the market remains within a fairly wide range that has held prices for the year so far. […]

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Chatting with Culinary Challenge Mentor Aaron Rivera

With this year’s S&D Culinary Challenge theme ― Food Truck Frenzy ― who better to help the chef finalists prepare than chefs/owners who live in the food truck world every day? Through connections in the Charlotte culinary scene and having hired several local food trucks for company events, S&D Coffee & Tea identified with the […]

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February 24, 2017 Coffee and Tea Market Report

Coffee Market The market gave back early week gains and more today as it fell sharply on fairly light volume. Early origin selling spooked smaller spec longs added over the past few sessions into liquidating. There was little support as industry buying seen earlier in the week had thinned. The selling from Origin was attributable […]

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Twice as Nice: Chainey Kuykendall wins back-to-back S&D Culinary Challenges

Once might just be a lucky break, but winning the same competition two years running indicates a real talent. Johnson & Wales Charlotte student chef Chainey Kuykendall was named the grand prize winner of the 2017 S&D Culinary Challenge ― the same honor she took home last year. Although the results were the same, many […]

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February 17, 2017 Coffee and Tea Market Report

Coffee Market The market posted modest plus signs at the end of a fairly quiet, choppy week. Much of the activity was focused on the roll out of the March contract which went into notice period yesterday. A long weekend ahead, with the NY market closed Monday, also kept action thin. Factors for the week […]

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February 10, 2017 Coffee and Tea Market Report

Coffee Market Not a particularly interesting week for the C market. Prices tested a one month low but recovered to close little change week to week. Much of the activity was related to the approaching notice day for March futures and rolling positions forward. Industry buying was seen into the week’s low and again as […]

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Touring S&D with the S&D Culinary Challenge Finalists

The Johnson & Wales Charlotte students selected for the S&D Culinary Challenge finals all made innovative, delicious recipes using S&D extracts or ground coffee. But do they know much about the coffee roasting process and how S&D prepares the perfect product for customers? To give them insight into our roasting process, several finalists — and […]

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Telling the RAÍZ Story at SINTERCAFE

In November 2016, S&D was invited to present our sustainable sourcing platform at SINTERCAFE – International Coffee Week for their 30th anniversary event. SINTERCAFE was founded in 1987 as a non-profit organization to promote Costa Rica’s specialty coffee. SINTERCAFE is a well-recognized coffee industry event that sees worldwide participation from all stakeholders in the supply […]

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February 3, 2017 Coffee and Tea Market Report

Coffee Market The C market fell to a three week low and posted its lowest close in a month on mixed activity. Prices posted a very choppy path day to day as they retraced part of the last few weeks’ gains. Specs and funds were sellers after buying into last week’s high. They seem to […]

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Coffee Megatrend #3: We own the magic demo; millennials LOVE coffee

As the largest coffee and tea manufacturer and supplier to restaurants and convenience stores in America, we are in tune with the trends of the away from home market for coffee — which entails 10 billion servings annually and is growing at a 6 percent clip. In this blog series, we will walk through 10 […]

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January 27, 2017 Coffee and Tea Market Report

Coffee Market The C market touched a two month high at one point during the week but closed slightly lower overall as momentum waned. Spec longs ran into technical resistance and lightened positions. Funds continued to push back to the long side of the market but at a more measured pace. News was sparse. Brazilian […]

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January 20, 2017 Coffee and Tea Market Report

Coffee Market The C market posted its fourth consecutive week of gains and closed at its highest level in two months as the bounce continued. Overall volume was modest though, and the move still seems to be generated from fund short covering. The overall tone has changed a bit over the last few weeks though […]

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Which commercial brewer is right for my operation?

With all the differing brewer options today, how does a restaurateur decide which model is best suited for their business?  Beyond the more basic considerations of brewer dimensions and orientation (low profile, side profile, etc.), brewer capacity (single carafe to multiple gallons, single or dual), and dispenser type (glass carafe, airport or thermal server), several […]

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January 13, 2017 Coffee and Tea Market Report

Coffee Market The C market traded to a six week high as spec short covering continued. Funds that had been shorting the market into year’s end have been covering steadily. Their position movement has seen them go from 60k long into the November highs to about 5k into the year-end lows. At this point they […]

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PositiviTEA on National Hot Tea Day!

Today is National Hot Tea Day, and as we huddle against the January cold, it seems like a perfect time to warm body and soul with a cup of your favorite black, green or herbal tea.  According to legend, drinking hot tea dates back to 2737 B.C. in China when tea leaves accidentally blew into […]

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January 6, 2017 Coffee and Tea Market Report

Coffee Market The C market rebounded this week after touching five month lows into year end. Spec shorts added with the recent decline started to cover ahead of Index buying scheduled to start next week. The decline off the November highs had been losing momentum as volume was thinning into the lows and with little […]

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The One-Two Punch of Food Science and Culinary Arts

In the world of product development, food scientists are often battling with chefs. We challenge each other on commercialization, equipment, and making a gold standard recipe scalable. Each party has an idea of what our product ultimately will be, and it is our battle — and our collaboration — that ultimately rules the day. The […]

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The 2017 S&D Culinary Challenge — It’s a Food Truck Frenzy!

Food trucks — you’ve seen them outside office complexes, parked at community events and maybe even next to a craft brewery on a busy Saturday. As you might have guessed, the food truck segment has seen steady growth. According to research firm IBISWorld, the number of food trucks grew 8.4 percent between 2007 and 2012, […]

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December 30, 2016 Coffee and Tea Market Report

Coffee Market The C market ended the year with a few days of modest plus signs after six straight weeks of declines. There was little news and the gains are likely related more to spec short covering than anything else. Driving factors continue to be mainly not related to physical market news though there is […]

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S&D’s 2016 Highlights

2016 has been a year of events, initiatives and exciting developments for S&D. Before we kick-off 2017, we wanted to revisit some of the highlights from this past year. Hosting the 2016 S&D Culinary Challenge The sixth S&D Culinary Challenge gave Johnson & Wales University (JWU) Charlotte students the opportunity to win cash prizes — […]

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December 16, 2016 Coffee and Tea Market Report

Coffee Market The C market saw a little less volatility this week, but overall remained more influenced by macro movements than anything else. A four-month low found good industry buying interest and last week’s low was only broken slightly. Fund selling that had been the driving force behind the sharp drop the last three weeks […]

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Coffee Megatrend #2: Coffee IS a Culinary Decision

As the largest coffee and tea manufacturer and supplier to restaurants and convenience stores in America, we are in tune with the trends of the away from home market for coffee — which entails 10 billion servings annually and is growing at a 6 percent clip. In this blog series, we will walk through 10 […]

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December 9, 2016 Coffee and Tea Market Report

Coffee Market The C market touched a four month low today as the recent sell off continued. Spec funds continued to be the best sellers as long liquidation continued and new shorts were added. Industry buying continued on a scale down basis and good volumes traded. The price decline has continued further than most expected […]

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Lost in Central America!

by Jill K. Alexander Lost for words, that is… I briefly considered apologizing for the dramatic, perhaps somewhat misleading, title. However, as someone who has worked in communications for a quarter of a century, including five years as an editor, being at a loss for words is both unusual (my husband will attest) and downright […]

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December 2, 2016 Coffee and Tea Market Report

Coffee Market It was a volatile week that saw the “C” market continue what now has been a 30 cent downward slide from the mid 170s. Continued system wide, fund long liquidation has been the main driver of this move. Thursday was the big day that saw a 570 point drop and saw March close […]

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A journey to a career in coffee

Recently hired as a food technologist at S&D Coffee & Tea, Tori Foody’s path to a career in coffee includes internship and study abroad opportunities that provided a unique approach to her education. These events built on each other to increase her knowledge and interest in the coffee industry, and she will continue to capitalize […]

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November 25, 2016 Coffee Market Report

Coffee Market The C market continued its steady decline this week losing almost seven cents of fund long liquidation continued. A weaker Brazilian Real also saw origin selling continue at a steady pace and these combined factors easily satisfied waiting roaster buying on the way down. The flat price continues to operate in a bit […]

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Why a Landscape Approach?

Commodity-based trading companies, manufacturing companies, regional and national governments, farmers and NGOs all need reliable data concerning the numerous components that encompass a key sourcing landscape. Conservation International’s Carbon Fund developed the Landscape Accounting Framework (LAF), a tool for measuring and monitoring the status and change in key indicators that collectively characterize landscape sustainability. Such […]

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November 18, 2016 Coffee and Tea Market Report

Coffee Market The C market saw a fairly quiet week unfold after last week’s volatility. Light spec fund long liquidation continued and was again absorbed by industry buying. The liquidation of the spot December contract ahead of delivery period comprised most of the activity. Overall, the decline off the recent highs has painted a short-term […]

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November 11, 2016 Coffee and Tea Market Report

Coffee Market The C market saw one its most volatile weeks of the year unfold, and once again the movement was by virtue of outside factors more than any actual “coffee” news. The rally had continued early in the week with the market touching 22-month highs before the election results surprised the markets. Many markets […]

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November 4, 2016 Coffee and Tea Market Report

Coffee Market The C market continued higher this week touching 23-month highs on a continued tide of speculative buying. The high prices continue to slowly bring in reluctant industry buying as the anticipated correction many are hoping for fails to materialize. Industry buying is also providing trailing support to the rally which lends confidence to […]

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Cost of Production: A necessary discussion

During the 2014-2015 crop, nearly all Central American countries and Mexico were severely affected by ROYA, or leaf rust. This windborne fungus was responsible for crop reductions of over 50 percent across the Central American region where, to no surprise, most of the damaged occurred to low income, small scale coffee producers. In some cases […]

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October 28, 2016 Coffee and Tea Market Report

Coffee Market The C market continued to push higher, ending up 6 percent higher on the week and at 20 month highs. Open interest (without options) touched a record high as speculative money continued to flow into the market. Funds reached a net long position of 51k lots, a level not seen since 2008 and […]

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October 21, 2016 Coffee and Tea Market Report

Coffee Market The C market tested the year’s highs this week before pulling back a little. Still, in the end, it posted its highest close in 20 months. Overall the picture remains largely the same. Spec buying has kept the market at high prices, and this is slowly forcing the industry to pay up. Open […]

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NACS 2016 Social Media Contest

When you visit the S&D Coffee & Tea Booth #7130 at the NACS show, be prepared for an extraordinary experience. Start your booth tour with our cold brew iced coffee and travel to each beverage station for a new taste and flavor opportunity. But what about after the show? To encourage you to stay involved […]

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Coffee Megatrend #1: Coffee IS a Healthier for You Beverage

As the largest supplier of coffee and tea to restaurants today, we are in tune with the trends of the away from home market for coffee — which entails 10 billion servings annually and is growing at a 6 percent clip. In this blog series, we will walk through 10 mega trends we’re seeing in […]

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October 7, 2016 Coffee and Tea Market Report

Coffee Market The market saw less volatility this week and pushed to a three week low on spec long liquidation. The larger fund longs that have been helping prop up prices took some profits this week and their selling satisfied some pent up industry buying. Though the volatility was less than recent weeks the market […]

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National Coffee Day

September 29th is National Coffee Day, and the best way to celebrate is with a free cup of coffee! Here’s a list of some of the places offering a special deal: Crewe Station – Free Coffee, with 10+ gallon fill-up Cumberland Farms – Free Coffee, any size, hot or iced, Text FREECOFFEE to 64827 Duck […]

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S&D Supports the Future of Farming Through Lomax Farm

The average age of the American farmer is 58. To combat the aging of the farming industry, communities need to invest in training new farmers — the ones that will help ensure food is available in the decades to come. In Cabarrus County, this is where Lomax Farm comes in. Started by county government and […]

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September 23, 2016 Coffee and Tea Market Report

Coffee Market A volatile week saw the market at fifteen month highs before giving back most of the week’s gains in the end. Early buying was spurred by Dollar based movement when the US Federal reserve decided to leave interest rates unchanged. The market rallied along with the Dollar initially but continued higher as the […]

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Q&A with WCR Board Member Carlos Lopez

As a recently added World Coffee Research (WCR) board member, Carlos Lopez had the opportunity to attend the organization’s board meeting in Dublin this summer. Here, we’ve asked him a few questions about WCR, his experience and insight on the organization’s future. What is World Coffee Research (WCR)? WCR is a non-profit, collaborative research and […]

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September 16, 2016 Coffee and Tea Market Report Highlights

Coffee Market The “C” market saw a modest week with the decline driven by light fund long liquidation. Technical momentum waned throughout the week, and the market was due for a correction. Current sentiment is negative short term despite the market trading near the midpoint of the recent trading range. The US Dollar was stronger […]

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From small coffee farmers to a coffee business entrepreneur

In May 2016, we had the great opportunity to visit a farm in Antioquia, where we visited one of the farmers from one of our clusters in Colombia. Doña Zenaida and Don Arley, owners of “La Montañita,” were expecting us with enthusiasm. Despite the 20 visitors, including several “gringos” and a full team with big […]

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September 2, 2016 Coffee and Tea Market Report Highlights

Coffee Market The market unchanged basis the front December month today despite heavy volume and fluctuating between red and black before going into the three-day Labor Day weekend. The end result does little to summarize the big week the “C” Market saw as it was finally able to break above the $1.5000 level closing up […]

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Roasting 101: Heat, pressure, time and care

Roasting coffee is more than just…well, roasting coffee. It requires an appreciation and understanding of where the coffee came from (its origin), what it has gone through (the processing), and what it can and will become (its destiny). Roasting coffee requires the fundamental appreciation for the variables that will turn a green, hard, grassy bean […]

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August 26, 2016 Coffee and Tea Market Report Highlights

Coffee Market It was a relatively slow and uneventful week for the “C” Market which is typical in late August as much of Europe is currently on holiday. Light volume traded and roasters and origin were largely out of the market which only left speculators to push things around. Although Janet Yellen cited that the […]

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S&D’s Brent Hall named SCAA licensed Specialized Instructor

From licensed Q-graders to speaking opportunities, S&D team members are committed to further developing their skills and participating in industry associations and events. This emphasis on professional development aligns with our goal of serving customers with solutions rooted in experience and deep industry knowledge. A recent example of this commitment is Brent Hall becoming a […]

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August 19, 2016 Coffee and Tea Market Report Highlights

Coffee Market We finished up this week after the C market touched a three week low Wednesday at $1.3785 basis December, which came close to testing the 100 day moving average at $1.3755. Despite being unable to sustain the downward momentum, this week saw a significant amount of liquidation by non-commercial players as indicated by […]

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Importance of Process as an Engineer and Barista

Working in the food industry primarily as an engineer and on weekends as a barista, it is amazing to find the various synergies of both disciplines.  While it is obvious that there is an art to working as a barista, there is also an art to being an engineer.  Not everything works as a recipe […]

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S&D Coffee & Tea Leads Sustainability Discussion with Stakeholders

A sustainable supply chain strategy is critical in order to thrive in the global coffee market. At the same time, current sustainable sourcing models demand origin stakeholders, including farmers, comply with strict standards. As part of S&D’s ongoing efforts to establish a resilient supply chain for coffee, S&D met last month with key stakeholders in […]

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August 12, 2016 Coffee and Tea Market Report Highlights

Coffee Market This week in the Arabica market was a literal downer — in that every day closed lower and lower and lower without much enthusiasm from end users for taking the bait for lower coffee prices. Fund longs continue to be sellers into the gradual decline, while shorts are slowly adding to their positions […]

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There is a Ghost in your Coffee (Spirits and Coffee)

Trends: we love to talk about them. We follow them. We start them. Some we keep long after they should end while others are flashes in the pan (think butter coffee). One trend that has always been elusive for the coffee industry is turning day into night and then night into day. I’m talking about […]

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August 5, 2016 Coffee and Tea Market Report Highlights

Coffee Market Thursday was one of the most interesting trading days for the NY coffee market in some time trading over a $0.06 range and blowing through not only $1.40 but $1.38 before reversing to close 170 points higher and very possibly establishing the $1.40 level as a point that will be difficult to break […]

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July 29, 2016 Coffee and Tea Market Report Highlights

Coffee Market Some days things outside of coffee take control of the Arabica market and today was one of those days, leading to a surprisingly strong end of week rally with the “C” notching its biggest up day in three weeks after a few days of trading that really felt like the summer doldrums. A […]

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Bringing People Together Over Beverages – Lessons Learned in Spain

One of the patterns emerging from the recent terrorist attacks in Nice, France; Orlando, Florida and elsewhere is the loneliness and isolation of the disaffected perpetrators. Inside the vortex of venomous ideology coming through their screens, these sad cowards are radicalized until their hatred gathers an inexorable momentum that is only sated by an extreme […]

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July 22, 2016 Coffee and Tea Market Report Highlights

Coffee Market The New York market closed the week with a big drop that moved the “C” to its lowest point in the three weeks. The move came after the long awaited announcement that after 45 days the Colombian truckers’ strike had come to an end, causing the market to lose momentum and blast through […]

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Coffee: A vehicle of peace for Colombia

After 50 years of conflict in Colombia, the guerrilla FACR and Colombian government were protagonists of a historical step — the signing of a bilateral agreement and ceasefire. As Colombians, this moment left many of us with a tremendous hope for a better country, where all of the 43 million Colombians, including the most affected […]

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July 15, 2016 Coffee and Tea Market Report Highlights

Coffee Market An interesting tale of two markets this week where Monday to Friday morning saw a 6.7 percent rally with the bulls running, and after that a whip-saw session today with prices up and down and up and then a late plunge at the close to finish the day with an over $0.07 range […]

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IFT16 Social Media Contest

At the IFT Expo, you will have the opportunity to learn about S&D’s extract expertise and how we can help you deliver on formulations, flavor profiles and product innovation. Plus, we’ll be sharing plenty of delicious samples ranging from emerging beverages like cold brew coffee to sweet treats like coffee ice cream and espresso-centered milk […]

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Cold Brew Trends – Cold Brew is HOT!

As much as the term ‘cold brew’ started in the beer industry years ago, there is no doubt that it is now associated with coffee. There is still some confusion around the fact that cold brew coffee can be enjoyed either hot or cold — and is actually not the same as iced coffee. However, […]

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Innovations abound at IFT 2016

IFT — the industry’s largest collection of food ingredients, equipment, processing and packaging suppliers — is a chance for our extracts and ingredients expertise to shine. IFT presents a prime opportunity to share some of our recent innovations and applications, and this year, we’re featuring a number of unique products at our booth, including: Emerging […]

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June 24, 2016 Coffee and Tea Market Report – Highlights

Coffee Market Much of the recent coffee market commentary has been long on “macro-economic” analysis sprinkled with some fundamental insights without touching the “uber-macro” potential impact of the United Kingdom voting to leave the European Union. But vote “Leave” the UK did, roiling markets after midnight U.S. time today and causing havoc as the trading […]

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June 17, 2016 Coffee and Tea Market Report Highlights

Coffee Market With the week starting with two consecutive down days, it felt like the fire that was started in NY Arabica futures market by the frost scare last week was losing its fury and the range-bound up and down cycles we had seen over the last several months might return. But higher markets the […]

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Iced Tea — Let’s Add some Sparkle to Your Offering!

Iced tea: the multi-functional drink that quenches thirst, provides a nice pick-me-up and pairs well with most lunch and dinner offerings. It fits most any person’s taste, whether it is southern sweet, lightly sweet, unsweetened or flavored — even served sparkling. What single drink can fill this many needs? The difficult question for a foodservice […]

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June 10, 2016 Coffee and Tea Market Report – Highlights

Coffee Market It was a big week for the “C” Market that saw an extreme amount of volatility behind the threat of frost. It all started with a weather report calling for a cold front to pass through southern Parana in Brazil. While the area mostly produces corn and soy (both markets also surged) there […]

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Popular Culinary Trends from NRA 2016

The National Restaurant Association (NRA) 2016 Show is in the rearview mirror, and as expected, it was another successful show! Each year we see common culinary themes and trends revealed at the show. Based on my experiences at NRA 2016, here’s what’s trending in the food and beverage sector: ASIAN FLAVORS Emerging food and drinks […]

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June 3, 2016 Coffee and Tea Market Report – Highlights

Coffee Market The shortened holiday weekend didn’t dampen enthusiasm for trading coffee with each trading session closing up this week and the NY Arabica market settling above the 200-day moving average. It was an interesting macro day with the U.S. dollar falling sharply (the most in two months vs. the Euro and Yen) and commodities […]

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The History of Argentine Tea

Ever wonder about the origin of the iced tea you drink? One of the most widely used origins for iced tea is Argentina. Argentina is the tenth largest producer of tea in the world and exports about 75 percent of its tea. Tea is not native to Argentina. It was first introduced in the 1920s […]

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May 27, 2016 Coffee and Tea Market Report Highlights

Coffee Market The “C” market dropped nearly $0.035 this week with a large portion of that occurring on Monday after a sell signal was triggered to follow up last Thursday’s $0.06 precipitous fall. After that the market continued to erode with slight drops each day. The big test will be if the market can break […]

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S&D takes steps toward a cure with JDRF

Involvement in the community is just one way S&D hopes to make a difference.  Through our annual employee-driven campaign, S&D raises money and awareness for juvenile diabetes by partnering with and supporting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). Juvenile diabetes, also known as type-one diabetes (T1D), is a disorder of the body’s immune system. Those […]

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May 20, 2016 Coffee and Tea Market Report Highlights

Coffee Market After Monday’s 345 point rally and nine consecutive days of “C” market gains, the NY market looked poised for blast off toward $1.40 or higher, but the beat-down was just around the corner. With Arabica above both the 100-day and 200-day moving averages, funds with long positions decided to throw in the towel […]

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How to Grow your Coffee Business

Every restaurant is different — with its own brand, operational structure, culinary profile and set of objectives. When it comes to growing coffee business, these differentiators play a key role in creating a successful strategy. These strategies, however, are built on a consistent framework, which can be outlined in the following five-step process. Start with […]

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NRA 2016 #sdfavorite Twitter Contest

With a variety of innovative S&D products at NRA 2016, we want to know your favorite. And that’s where Twitter comes in. We’re holding a Twitter contest for NRA Show attendees — here’s how to enter: Follow S&D Coffee & Tea on Twitter (@sdcoffeetea) Tweet to let us know your favorite sample from the S&D […]

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What’s ahead at NRA 2016

It’s May, which means the largest annual gathering of the restaurant, foodservice and hospitality industry — the National Restaurant Association (NRA) Show — will be here soon. This year, we are bringing a breadth of innovative beverage offerings to the 2016 NRA Show. A few of the emerging beverages we will be highlighting include: Sparkling […]

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May 13, 2016 Coffee and Tea Market Report Highlights

Coffee Market Today’s close marked 8 straight days of “C” market gains which have inched steadily higher throughout the rally, somewhat attributed to speculative short covering. At this point, the market has operated within a 15 cent range 76 percent of the time during the past 52 weeks, any break below or above the range […]

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May 6, 2016 Coffee and Tea Market Report Highlights

Coffee Market It was a convoluted week that made a new nearby low at $1.1890 that later rebounded behind speculative short covering. It was somewhat interesting following the market with different segments of the trade absent of on separate days: Europe was off Monday for May Day; Catholics celebrated Ascension Thursday; and much of the […]

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Coffee Connects Us [Fellow Guest Blog Post]

Coffee connects us. This single crop narrates stories of our global history, draws reflections on who we are as a culture today, and depends on a future written by the collective decisions we make as a society. It’s through coffee that we can consider such a broad range of critical topics – from gender equity, […]

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Cookin’ Inspired by the Carolinas

From the low country of South Carolina to the Atlantic coast of North Carolina and small towns to large metropolises like Charlotte, the Carolinas offer a variety of cuisines and a food culture rooted in local ingredients and traditions. The foods and flavors of the Carolinas were the inspiration for this year’s S&D Culinary Challenge. […]

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The Fellowship of the Bean [Fellow Guest Blog Post]

What makes specialty coffee so special? At first, it may seem like a relatively simple question with a straightforward answer. Specialty coffee is special compared to ‘regular’ coffee because it is more expensive to buy, it’s grown at higher elevations in more nutrient rich soils, it’s processed better and it has an elevated flavor profile. […]

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My Re:co Experience [Fellow Guest Blog Post]

Yes, I had an amazing experience coming out of a small coffee farm in the middle of nowhere in Carangola, Minas Gerais State in Brazil and landing in Atlanta to experience what the great coffee authorities have to say about this wonderful drink that connects so many millions of people! It was interesting to see […]

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April 29, 2016 Coffee and Tea Market Report Highlights

Coffee Market With significantly low volume, commercial selling continued to erode the coffee market this week after the “C” market failed to reach the 200 day moving average. The weakened dollar in conjunction with a stronger Brazilian Real did little to encourage participation by producers or roasters. On the physical side there is big talk […]

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April 22, 2016 Coffee and Tea Market Report Highlights

Coffee Market After shedding 9 cents from Thursday’s highs on the largest day’s trading range for coffee in a year, the market ended the week fairly subdued as it searches for a nearby bottom. No real fundamental news drove the selloff, more of a “risk off” day (whatever that really means) where traders broadly dumped […]

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S&D Culinary Challenge All-Star: Interview with Joy Turner

Four — it’s the number of times Joy Turner has competed in the S&D Culinary Challenge and the number of times she’s made the top 10. This year, the last year she was eligible to compete, Joy earned third place honors and a $750 prize for her refined take on shrimp and grits, “Low Country […]

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April 15, 2016 Coffee and Tea Market Report Highlights

Coffee Market With a fair bit of the industry in Atlanta for the Specialty Coffee Association of America event, the market ended the week on a fairly subdued note as everyone awaits the answers to Brazil’s two big questions affecting coffee — what direction will the Dilma impeachment proceeding take and how big will the […]

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Blair Cannon: From Winning Culinary Student to Mentor and Professional Chef

Blair Cannon was among the five chef mentors who assisted this year’s S&D Culinary Challenge finalists, but he was the only one who truly knew what it meant to be in their shoes. That’s because Blair was the winner of the inaugural S&D Culinary Challenge in 2011 as a Johnson & Wales University Charlotte senior. […]

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S&D at SCAA: Where to find us

The Re:Co Symposium and SCAA Expo are right around the corner, and, at S&D, we’re gearing up for our busiest show yet! In addition to our presence in the exhibition hall at booth #1025 — where you can sample our specialty coffee and learn more about our products and capabilities — several members of our […]

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April 1, 2016 Coffee and Tea Market Report Highlights

Coffee Market The market was little changed on a somewhat subdued week with many traders taking time off to enjoy spring break with family. Friday saw a better than expected jobs report which showed 215,000 new jobs created in March. While this was a strong and encouraging report, the Fed still seems to be holding […]

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Winner, Winner, Congee Dinner

The cameras have stopped filming. The chef coats are back on the rack. The judges have made their choices. Yes, another S&D Culinary Challenge is in the books — and another talented Johnson & Wales Charlotte student joins the ranks of winners. Earning first place honors for 2016 is Chainey Kuykendall. A junior from Mount […]

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March 25, 2016 Coffee and Tea Market Report Highlights

Coffee Market The market finished down five percent on a shortened week after consecutive weeks of steady gains, closing slightly below the 200 day moving (basis life of contract). Latin America was mostly quiet with limited selling due to Semana Santa, suggesting that the correction was speculative in nature. The big turn came on Wednesday […]

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How the weather in Colombia is impacting coffee

There may be more than 2,000 miles separating S&D’s Concord headquarters and Colombia, but the weather conditions in the country’s coffee-growing regions have a far-reaching impact on the industry. Overview of the situation El Niño has shown its power in Colombia two ways: lack of rain and increased sunshine, which both lead to higher temperatures. […]

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March 18, 2016 Coffee and Tea Market Report Highlights

Coffee Market Up, up and away went the “C” market this week which saw significant gains behind substantial speculator short covering. The world’s largest coffee producer was not out of the game as Brazil remained a significant seller, however it wasn’t enough to overcome the market rally. Funds were 5,700 lots net long on Tuesday […]

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A Competitor’s Take on Coffee Fest NYC 2016

Coffee Fest New York City 2016 — wow what can I say? After winning the World Latte Art Championship Open in Portland back in October 2015, part of me figured it was time to retire out of the circuit. The competition itself, and all the preparation leading up to, can be extremely stressful and tiring […]

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March 11, 2016 Coffee and Tea Market Report Highlights

Coffee Market The second consecutive week of solid gains for “C” market this week with a 4.75 cent climb that put the market up over 10 cents for the past two weeks, good for a 9% increase. The real continued to rally marking its best showing against the dollar in six months. With subdued selling […]

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March 4, 2016 Coffee and Tea Market Report Highlights

Coffee Market The “C” market has seemingly found some legs this week which saw a 5 percent rise, whether or not these are stable or shaky legs has yet to be seen as this is largely considered to be currency driven move. The Brazilian real skyrocketed 10.2 percent this week behind a fresh round of […]

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February 26, 2016 Coffee and Tea Market Report Highlights

Coffee Market  This week saw more of the same with the market trading within a 590 point range. The “C” market continues to have trouble finding legs as the bearish overtone persists with each new minor rally having consistently lower highs. While technicals can change, the dollar may weaken (currently its stronger overall) and oil […]

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Coffee Quality and the Importance of Packaging

When people think about the components of a quality of coffee, they probably think about the country of origin, roasting specifications and blend. Chances are that packaging doesn’t come to mind, when in fact, how the coffee is packaged plays a significant role in the stability, freshness and overall enjoyment of the coffee. Packaging becomes […]

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February 19, 2016 Coffee and Tea Market Report Highlights

Coffee Market  We saw coffee drop off of oil’s hip this week, remaining range bound and changing very little. The continuing story is that high differentials out of Central America continue to spur certified stock drawdowns. Many in the trade are expecting the drawdown rate to increase in the coming months as it is unlikely […]

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Biodiversity – A key element to sustainable coffee production

In July 2015, during a meeting with a local partner in Costa Rica, we were introduced to the concept of a biological corridor and how important it is to sustainable coffee production. My colleagues and I were captivated with the concept. At that meeting, we learned that ecosystems deliver specific services for a good living, […]

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February 12, 2016 Coffee and Tea Market Report Highlights

Coffee Market With the NY Arabica market closed this coming Monday for President’s Day, the “C” rebounded 2.5 cents after an extremely lackluster week settling down nearly 5 cents. The top two coffee producing countries were absent from the market this week with Brazil celebrating Carnival and Vietnam celebrating TET. This left Arabica futures swaying […]

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Selecting the Right Coffee for Your Concept

Selecting the right coffee for your concept is vital. It used to be that consumers in the away-from-home market first decided where they wanted to buy their breakfast food, then, they would accept whatever coffee was being served. While is often still the case, consumers are increasingly choosing where they want to drink their coffee […]

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February 5, 2016 Coffee and Tea Market Report Highlights

Coffee Market While the market made a solid dip today, we saw it finish up 5 cents on the week. This rally was technical in nature and built momentum behind substantial short covering, successfully breaching the 9, 40 and 100 day moving averages. Additionally the real rallied, going up 5.5% against the dollar for the […]

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Coffee and Science – what a powerful pairing!

In Mid-January, I was one of the lucky participants to be invited to attend the first ever SCAA Sensory Summit! It was an amazing two days packed with multiple sensory experiences and wonderful knowledge sharing. The UC Davis campus was a great setting for this type of exchange and perfectly accented the underlying tone of […]

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January 29, 2016 Coffee and Tea Market Report Highlights

Coffee Market The NY Market lost some of the momentum it had on Friday after a six-day rally, leaving Arabica futures about 5 cents above the lows from last week, but with no definitive direction. The Commitment of Traders report showed -29k short as of Tuesday, and with likely very little done over the past […]

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January 22, 2016 Coffee Market Report Highlights

Coffee Market At the end of Wednesday’s session very few would have guessed Arabica market would have ended the week basically unchanged. The mid-week session saw coffee down 3% while oil blasted through the $30 mark to close at $27.77, the lowest point since 2003 with the Dow closed down 249 points after a 565-point […]

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Custom Fitting the Right Espresso Solution

As espresso beverages have become ubiquitous across the U.S., the number of brewing options and manufacturers in this space has multiplied. While those talented and creative baristas remain a fixture in independent, Third Wave coffee shops, many purveyors have turned away from traditional beverage preparation methods, instead opting for super automatics. These machines allow non-skilled […]

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January 15, 2016 Coffee Market Report Highlights

Coffee Market The New York coffee market was unable to avoid 100-car pile-up in the commodities and global equities markets this week, losing 3.5% and making, again, new contract lows. Thursday saw a small short covering rally that regained half a cent but the negative sentiment returned today ahead of the long weekend with the […]

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Do coffee drinkers care about sustainability?

This is naturally an important question, because as businesses and brands our reason for being is creating value for our customers. When it comes to sustainability, the research has been somewhat inconclusive. Consumers will state they value sustainability, particularly younger consumers, but that doesn’t always translate to their purchase behavior. And so the question persists…do […]

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January 8, 2016 Coffee Market Report Highlights

Coffee Market The first week of the New Year promptly negated last week’s 6 cent gain. Negative sentiment in the Chinese stock market and additional devaluation of the Chinese Yuan in conjunction with today’s positive jobs report all helped shore up this week’s strong dollar action. The London Robusta market has been taking a hit […]

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December 31, 2015 Coffee Market Report Highlights

Coffee Market Well that was fun! In a dismal year, coffee was one of the worst commodity performers closing 2015 down almost $0.53 (30%) in a year where commodity indexes were down 25 percent. For the year, coffee’s highest close was $1.9180 in January and low close was $1.1575 in November, a remarkable $0.76 range. […]

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S&D’s 2015 Highlights

S&D has celebrated a number of events, initiatives and newsworthy moments throughout 2015. Before this year comes to an end, we wanted to revisit some of the highlights from this past year. Sponsoring Fellows for the 2015 SCAA Symposium We demonstrated our commitment to the specialty coffee industry by sponsoring fellows to attend the 2015 […]

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December 18, 2015 Coffee and Tea Market Report Highlights

Coffee Market The market continued last week’s downward slide, falling an additional 2 cents this week, however the market remains firmly above the recent low of $1.1530. The trade seems to have accepted that volatility as the new normal in Brazil with little market reaction after today’s 1.63% drop by the Real against the dollar. […]

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December 11, 2015 Coffee and Tea Market Report Highlights

Coffee Market The market gave back most of the gains from the last two weeks falling 5 plus cents in what appears to be the end of the recent short covering rally. This news seemed mostly current related sent the Real spiraling 3% lower over the past two days. Meanwhile the Colombian peso is trading […]

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Sustainability at S&D: Reflecting Back and Looking Ahead

Sustainability and corporate responsibility are all about looking forward — finding ways to work collaboratively to innovate and develop long-term solutions. But it’s also important to reflect back to see what has been accomplished, assess the progress made and analyze outcomes for future application. That balance of reflecting back and looking forward is displayed in […]

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December 4, 2015 Coffee and Tea Market Report Highlights

Coffee Market So it would be hard to call this a rally, but with the NY Arabica market making four consecutive days of gains for the first time since June (albeit only closing up 210 points on the week), from a chart standpoint things look a bit more positive. The US dollar suffered a sharp […]

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November 25, 2015 Coffee and Tea Market Report Highlights

Coffee Market The sleepy effects of tryptophan grabbed hold of the “C” Market early, as it was little changed after unsurprisingly low volume on this shortened Thanksgiving Day week. Coffee was not a player in this week’s commodity price jump (limited to metals, energy and grains) after Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet near […]

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November 20, 2015 Coffee and Tea Market Report Highlights

Coffee Market As December’s First Notice Day arrived along with a lower Brazil crop estimate from the country’s largest exporter caused traders in an oversold market to embark on a short covering spree, sending the NY Arabica market to five-week highs. Nothing has changed fundamentally with the production outlook in Brazil, but Cooxupe’s 50-55mm bag […]

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November 13, 2015 Coffee and Tea Market Report Highlights

Coffee Market New life of contract lows have the NY ICE market in a tail spin as both origin selling and new funds shorts have continued to erode prices. Growing weather in Brazil continues to be good to excellent as our Commodities team is present in the region commenting that if weather holds the 60MM+ […]

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Interview with Steven Lim, Latte Art Champion

Steven Lim is a process engineer at S&D Coffee & Tea, a self-taught barista and now, the Coffee Fest PDX Latte Art World Championship Open winner. Here he shares some insight into his experience in Portland and what is was like to be named the champion in his eighth latte art competition. Tell us a […]

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November 6, 2015 Coffee and Tea Market Report Highlights

Coffee Market Currency and weather were the big market drivers behind the “C” market this week. Today’s $0.03 drop can be largely attributed to a surge by the dollar which in turn applied pressure on the real. The spike in the dollar was a result of a relatively unexpected robust October U.S. jobs report, which […]

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October 30, 2015 Coffee and Tea Market Report Highlights

Coffee Market A minor rally across the week didn’t find much follow on interest on Friday with no news to trade and little fund interest in extending their short position. The commitment of traders report showed funds -19k which would be considered neutral. Slightly higher prices drew in some origin selling which kept the action […]

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Build Your Strategy on the Habit of Coffee.

Ever wonder why getting a good start on your day is so dependent on coffee?  The answer lies in the critically acclaimed book called, The Power of Habit, by Charles Duhigg, a New York Times journalist.  In the book, Duhigg breaks down the neural pathway that is formed in our brains that makes habits even […]

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October 23, 2015 Coffee and Tea Market Report Highlights

Coffee Report The downward trend continued this week after last Friday’s 6 percent drop, predictions came to fruition yesterday as rain hit the major Brazilian coffee regions. Market action this week was dominated by non-commercial sellers. The same players who covered their shorts during the previous climb are now reestablishing their short position. Reports call […]

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Romancing the Coffee in Colombia

Romancing the story of any product is a key job of a marketer worth his or her salt. In coffee, that involves knowing a little backstory on the farm or the farmer and translating it into compelling words coupled with amazing photos — all crafted to capture the buyer’s imagination and compel them to purchase […]

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October 16, 2015 Coffee and Tea Market Report Highlights

Coffee Report With a new study coming out this week in several reports stating that people who like black coffee are more likely to be psychopaths, the NY ICE market evidently decided to take some cues from us coffee lovers and displayed some antisocial behavior of its own, falling almost 6 percent on Friday, the […]

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Preparing for Coffee Fest Portland’s Latte Art Competition

Sixty-four competitors representing America, Japan, Korea, Australia and China, two Nuova Simonelli Espresso Machines and Grinders, locally sourced coffee and milk and three minutes per head-to-head round…welcome to Coffee Fest’s World Latte Art Championship Open. This is a competition that not only tests the art that can be freely poured [no drawing with hand tools!] […]

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October 9, 2015 Coffee and Tea Market Report Highlights

Coffee Report The possibility of impeachment for unpopular leftist Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff sparked a 7 cent rebound in the “C” market this week. The Brazilian currency has suffered from extreme volatility this year and its devaluation to historic lows has contributed heavily to keeping coffee prices low. The market has climbed 3 consecutive weeks […]

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October 2, 2015 Coffee and Tea Market Report Highlights

Coffee Market The coffee market closed strong for the second straight week, following the U.S. jobs report that points towards the Fed not increasing interest rates this December. This helped bolster the Brazilian real which would have been pressured by an increase in US interest rates. Other bullish news came in the form of Conab’s […]

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Taking a Look at Trends in Coffee

As Manager of Product Innovation, one of my key responsibilities is to scan the horizon for the next best thing. As a result I am always on the search for new trends — trying to understand where we are in the “wave.” I gather a lot of information from the environment around me, but also […]

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September 25, 2015 Coffee and Tea Market Report Highlights

Coffee Market The “C” market finished the week strong climbing 440 points today on the back of the Brazilian real which saw its largest one day gain in nearly 7 years. The real rebounded after Brazil’s central bank came to the rescue, vowing to “use all available instruments” to slow down a currency in free […]

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September 18, 2015 Coffee and Tea Market Report Highlights

Coffee Market Brazil, once South America’s strongest economy, continues to struggle amidst political and economic turmoil. The situation is reflected by the Brazilian real which was down 2.4 % today and is approaching all-time lows. On the macro side, all the three major stock indices were down more than 1% today, a result of the […]

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Global Tea Consumption

Ever heard the expression “for all the tea in China”? Well…there is a lot! In fact, China produces about 40% of the world’s tea. China and India are the world’s largest consumers of tea, and these countries’ consumption is on the rise. This increase results in less and less tea being available for export to […]

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September 11, 2015 Coffee and Tea Market Report Highlights

Coffee Market Diving to its lowest level since 2002, the Brazilian real took a major hit after ratings agency Standard and Poor’s downgraded the country’s credit rating to junk status, but two other major ratings agencies —Fitch Ratings and Moody’s Investors Service — seem to be in no rush give the country a junk rating. […]

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With Coffee Cups, Live Large

Size really matters in coffee cup sales. Consider this. In America, roughly half of restaurant orders for coffee (regular and specialty) are placed during the breakfast/a.m. snack mealtime, and a majority of breakfast day-part sales are either takeout or drive-thru. Now, the most common three coffee cup sizes by volume are 12 ounces (small), 16 […]

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Why We Talk About Brazil

Coffee roasters and buyers can NEVER stop talking about Brazil! Of course it’s a beautiful country with fantastic people and amazing beaches, but why are we so fixated on this South American agricultural giant when it comes to coffee? Here are a few key reasons: Brazil is the largest coffee producer in the world Two-thirds […]

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The business case for farmer profitability as the best strategy for supply chain risk management

The importance of coffee in the world stage is significant: it is the second most valuable primary product of the global economy and its cultivation, processing, transportation and trade provide employment for over 25 million coffee farmers and thousands of professionals worldwide. Furthermore, coffee has played a key role in the economic and political arena […]

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Category Management – A Manufacturer’s Perspective

The other day, I was in a meeting and was asked the question “What is Category Management? Isn’t it just SKU rationalization?” I began my response to the cross functional room of attendees at this meeting with “well, it is the management of a category…”  The room burst into laughter!  And so did I!  How […]

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Coffee – The ‘chameleon’ of the food and beverage world!

When I first started working in the coffee industry, I definitely did not have the same appreciation that I now have for this wondrous little bean! Its enticing aroma has always been appealing and even today evokes great memories of when I was a child and would ‘steal’ a sip from the cup my mom […]

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Retail Branded or Restaurant Branded? It’s a Culinary Choice

Many menu items deserve their own identity and some are so profitable and so strategic that they should become sub-branded equities that the restaurant can own. Iced tea is a particularly compelling illustration. And, now we have data to help navigate such a vital marketing decision. In the beverage category, restaurant operators have always faced […]

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Celebrate National Iced Tea Month

Today kicks off a month-long celebration for one of the country’s favorite beverages: iced tea. According to the Tea Association of the U.S.A., Americans consumed over 80 billion servings of tea, or more than 3.60 billion gallons, in the last year alone, and approximately 85% of that tea is iced. These numbers only continue to […]

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Why are Latte Art Competitions so Important?

To a barista, free form latte art is considered their unique signature to serve their guests at a coffee shop. When I say free form, I’m referring to the pattern a barista can form using only the flow rate of steamed milk incorporating into espresso. A successful pattern on top of a milk based drink […]

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Drive Sales by Positioning Your Beverages

Positioning remains the most elemental marketing construct. Getting it right means everything. Not every item on your menu commands this sort of marketing attention, but new beverage items certainly make the cut based on profitability alone. But also, beverages lend themselves to being destination-oriented traffic drivers when done right. The essence of positioning always boils […]

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S&D and JDRF: Showing our Support

Springtime at S&D Coffee & Tea means warmer weather, afternoon showers and our annual support of JDRF. JDRF is the largest charity funding Type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. T1D, also called juvenile diabetes, is a disorder of the body’s immune system, and people with T1D must take insulin to regulate their blood glucose levels. According […]

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The Landscape View

We recently returned from Nicaragua, and one of the projects we reviewed focuses on coffee renovation—replacing disease susceptible varieties and old trees with new varieties while at the same time adding new shade and diversity to farms. This isn’t an uncommon practice and in fact, is a component of many sustainable programs. What’s unique about […]

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Passion for Food: A Judge’s Take on the 2015 S&D Culinary Challenge

What is passion for food? Cooking from your heart, allowing the food to be expressed and enjoyed through all your senses. Telling a story based on your experiences, being engaging and allowing yourself to live in the moment. Creating, not being held back by barriers or hurdles like cost, nutritionals, order minimums, CCPs, lead times, […]

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Welcome to The First Sip, S&D Coffee & Tea’s blog!

As the largest custom coffee roaster and the largest blender of foodservice iced tea in America, and with more than 80 years of roasting experience under our belt, we’ve got a lot of knowledge to share. From commentary on market trends to insights into beverage strategy, sustainability and innovation, we hope you will find this […]

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