Registration closes soon for Nov. 13 Breakfast Seminar

Join the Coffee Association for its last Breakfast Seminar of 2018! Breakfast seminars are FREE to attend, but registration is required by Friday, Nov. 9.

Topic:
FSVP inspections started in 2017 and will continue to increase. Mr. Valenzuela will provide an overview of the recently-implemented FSVP and its program requirements. Based on completed inspections, he will share some of the inspection results and recommendations for the importing community so that they can be better prepared.

Cost: Free. Includes breakfast and coffee.
Date: November 13, 2018.
Registration & Breakfast: 8:45-9:00 am.
Program: 9:00-10:00 am.
Location: 4400 Hwy 225 E, Suite 200, Deer Park, TX 77536.
RSVP Required to cgomez@txgulf.org by Friday, November 9, 2018.

Or, RSVP online now at: https://greaterhoustoncoffeeassociation.org/event/breakfast-seminar-nov2018/

Blockchain technology offers coffee farmers brighter prospects

A large percentage of the world’s coffee is grown by small farmers earning less than $2 a day – and that amount may only be a promise on a sheet of carbon paper.  Bext360, a Denver-based company a little over a year-old, is seeking to perk up the outlook for these small coffee farmers. By applying technology, particularly the utilization of blockchains, the company seeks to improve the global supply chain for agricultural products. Bext360 is beginning with coffee, and if successful, these farmers could realize higher values for quality coffee in almost instantaneous transactions.

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Study shows coffee brews better group performance

Serving coffee could be the most important item on your meeting agenda. A new study by the Graduate School of Management at the University of California, Davis, shows drinking coffee makes people feel more positive about their individual performance and their group’s performance in group work. Researchers have explored the effects of coffee on individuals, but the new study is the first to examine the effects on performance in group tasks.

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Office coffee market sales expected to increase

A new report by market research firm, Packaged Facts, indicates employers should consider investing more in providing higher-quality coffee options as a productivity tool.  Their report, which analyzes industry and consumer trends shaping the U.S. office coffee service market, suggests when coffee is integrated as a productivity tool the results could show up as a positive on a company’s bottom line. This data offers office coffee service providers new opportunities for sales growth, and the office coffee market is expected to expand accordingly through 2021.

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GHCA members and guests tour port of Houston and container terminal

GHCA Sam Houston Tour

Members and guests of the Greater Houston Coffee Association enjoyed networking and a tour of the port of Houston aboard the M/V Sam Houston on April 25, 2018. The tour left from San Jacinto Battleground, just a few hundred feet from the Battleship Texas, and made its way to Barbours Cut Container Terminal. Barbours Cut, the older of the two Port Houston container terminals, celebrated its 40th anniversary last year. GHCA president and Port Houston trade development manager Ricardo Arias narrated the tour, highlighting the history of the port and its container trade.  

The new container cranes at Barbours Cut rise 405 feet high. GHCA guests were able to see them up close on the M/V Sam Houston tour.
GHCA guests hear the history of Barbours Cut Container Terminal.