Sunday, 22 August 2010

Coffee Organization

Same interest on coffee, with all coffee impact, economic, life style, business, healthy entering people to make Coffee organization, called ICO = International Coffee Organization, main intergovernmental organization for coffee, bringing together producing and consuming countries to tackle the challenges facing the world coffee sector through international cooperation. It makes a practical contribution to the world coffee economy and to improving standards of living in developing countries by:

* enabling government representatives to exchange views and coordinate coffee policies and priorities at regular high-level meetings;
* encouraging a sustainable world coffee economy;
* initiating coffee development projects to add value and improve marketing;
*increasing world coffee consumption through innovative market development activities;
* promoting the improvement of coffee quality;
* working closely with the global coffee industry through a 16-strong Private Sector Consultative Board which tackles issues such as food safety; and
* ensuring transparency in the coffee market by providing objective and comprehensive information on the world coffee sector by means of statistics and market studies.

The ICO was set up in London in 1963 under the auspices of the United Nations because of the great economic importance of coffee. It has administered six International Coffee Agreements (ICAs), the most recent of which entered into force provisionally on 1 October 2001 and definitively on 17 May 2005. Its 77 Members include 45 coffee exporting and 32 importing countries, and it functions through the International Coffee Council, the Executive Board, the Private Sector Consultative Board, the Executive Director and a small Secretariat.

Coffee is one of the world’s largest traded commodities produced in more than 60 countries, providing a livelihood for some 25,000,000 coffee farming families around the world. Many of these countries are heavily dependent on coffee, which can account for over 75% of their total export earnings. Among consumers coffee is a universally popular drink, with over US$70 billion in retail sales a year. ICO exporting Members account for over 97% of world coffee production and its importing Members are responsible for around 80% of world coffee consumption.

In Indonesia, named Specialty Coffee Association of Indonesia (SCAI) with mission to To increase the quality, value and volume of Indonesia’s specialty coffee.
The Specialty Coffee Association of Indonesia provides effective forum, bringing together all industry members involved with Indonesia’s specialty coffee to promote and set standards for the growing, processing, exporting and retailing of Indonesia’s specialty coffee. To be more specific:

* The association is only concerned with specialty grade Arabica coffee, and
* The association is about standards and certifications whether they are for green bean or the making of an espresso

SCAI activities approved by the AGM for April, 2008 to March, 2009

* Identifying and defining the geographic identities of Indonesia’s specialty coffees
* Increasing the coffee cupping skills of its membership by working with AMARTA to bring the Q-Cup system developed by the Coffee quality Institute to Indonesia.
* Work towards creating a barista training and certification program that would increase professionalism in the retail industry and regularly host an Indonesian Barista competition
* Create a sustainable association, representing all segments of the specialty coffee industry
The Address :
BRI II Building, 28th Floor, Sudirman Avenue, Jakarta 10210 Tel: +62-21-571-3548 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              +62-21-571-3548      end_of_the_skype_highlighting, Fax: +62-21-571-1388


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