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.

Dinner Tour on the M/V SAM HOUSTON

2017 Dinner Tour Guests

Coffee-focused boat tour of the Port of Houston

See a part of the Houston Ship Channel few get to experience on this unique M/V Sam Houston Dinner Tour. Unlike most tours on the M/V Sam Houston which focus on the Turning Basin, this tour leaves from the San Jacinto Battlegrounds near the Battleship Texas and passes Barbours Cut, one of the two primary container terminals in Houston. GHCA President Ricardo Arias will narrate the tour, providing insight into Port Houston’s container business and the coffee trade.

Guests enjoy a complimentary Cajun dinner:

Red Beans and Sausage with cheddar cheese and green onions
Shrimp Etouffee
White Rice
Green Garden Salad
French Bread and Butter
Buttercake and Brownie Squares

Important notes:

  • Guests must arrive by 5:30 pm for the 5:45 pm boarding.
  • Each guest must have a current photo ID to board (no exceptions)
  • Registration deadline is 12:00 noon on April 23, 2018. However, this tour will fill up, so register early to save your seat.
  • Download the invitation and map.

Ethiopia shows uptick in coffee exports

Ethiopian coffee exports showed an upswing of 21.78% over the past fiscal year, according to the country’s Coffee and Tea Development and Marketing Authority. The Ethiopian Herald reported that 137,417.28 tons of cereal coffee was exported from July 2017 to February 2018, and the nation has been able to generate $481.86 million USD. Deputy Director of the Authority and Marketing Head, Sahi Umer, said The Authority has steadily created different opportunities following reforms in 2016 for farmers, suppliers, exporters, and industries that led to improved export performance. Ethiopian coffee represents about 1% of coffee imports through the port of Houston.

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Coffee-Powered Car Sets New Record

The Coffee Car Mark 2 recently became the world’s fastest coffee-powered vehicle. The coffee car achieved a top speed of 65 m.p.h. in the presence of a Guinness adjudicator at Woodford Airfield in Manchester, England, on February 19, successfully breaking a previous world record. The Mark 2 is a Ford truck converted by enthusiast Martin Bacon.  Bacon and his team are now touring the vehicle in the U.K., promoting the British fair-trade brand, Co-operative Food.

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