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Coffee Gives Back

We're working together for a brighter future.

coffee-gives-backCoffee is more than a beverage, or even an industry - it's a community. This has been true ever since the first coffee houses were established centuries ago.

The National Coffee Association is committed to growing our industry in a socially and environmentally responsible way. We support the many ways that our members offer their time, resources, and energy to improving the world we share. 

Stay tuned to this space (or connect on social media) for new updates on what we're doing, and how you can get involved. 

The NCA Day of Service

The NCA Annual Convention coincides with the NCA’s Coffee Gives Back Day of Service, which provides an opportunity for participants to get their hands dirty (sometimes literally) and support the local community.

This year, the NCA 2016 Convention Day of Service was dedicated to the U.S. troops serving in the line of duty. Volunteers travelled to MCAS Miramar, the Marine Corps Air Station, to prepare care packages to provide some comfort and a touch of home to U.S. service men and women stationed overseas.

Volunteers also had the opportunity to learn more about how the coffee industry can work with returning U.S. veterans and their families, to provide them with the careers and community they need. 

Past Projects

In 2015, the NCA teamed up with The Bee Cause Project and Middleton Place in Charleston, S.C. to help build a sanctuary for honeybees.

The small insect has a huge impact on our entire ecosystem: With rapid urban development and growth of cities, honeybees are left with less and less available foraging.

Studies have shown that plants pollinated by honey bees produce a 7% heavier yield on average and as high as 50%, including coffee plants. 

Learn more: The Bee Cause Project: "We're all in this together"


5 Reasons to Attend the NCA Convention

Here are 5 (of the many) great reasons to attend the NCA 2020 Convention:

1. Networking that's worth your time

One conversation with the right person can change everything.

We've designed our programming for 2020 to ensure that you'll have maximum opportunities to connect with the people you want to meet -- including a networking lunch for everyone, coffee breaks, and nightly social events like our industry happy hour and "Welcome to Texas" kickoff party.

2. Education for the real world

Coffee is complicated -- from market price fluctuation to understanding the latest food science and coffee trends. And, like most things, the best way to learn is to dive in headfirst. This year we've packed our program with dozens of speakers, panels, and educational breakout sessions to help you gain the knowledge and insights that are most relevant to you.

3. Professional development

Developing strong industry leadership is critical for the future of coffee.

Whether you're looking to grow your own career or develop talent within your organization, our Convention provides opportunities to strengthen leadership skills and learn more about the business of coffee - from the Next Generation Council to events where you could meet your next business partner.

4. Industry innovation

Ideas are like coffee - fresh is better.

Find new inspiration to bring back to the office, whether it's from a keynote speaker or exhibitor. Maybe you'll discover the next big thing in coffee - or come up with your own.

5. Get involved

Tap into the (well-caffeinated) energy of the NCA coffee community! Convention offers many opportunities to give back to the industry or local community, make new connections, and discover new ways to collaborate.

Consider signing up for the local Coffee Gives Back day of service, contributing a blog post on your experience, or join the conversation at a breakout session.

 

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