FSTC presents at SCAA Annual Exposition in Boston

SCAA 25th expo

April 12-14th Richard Young attended and presented at the SCAA 25th Annual Expo in Boston. Richard co-presented with Meredith Taylor from SCAA and (in absentia) Kirstin Henninger a presentation titled “Creating a Sustainable Café with SCAA Tools: a How-To with Case Studies” (http://www.fishnick.com/handouts/04132013/).

Richard had a great time at the event and met with lots of key figures from the coffee industry. Attendees were very excited about the release of the Energy & Water Modules for the Green Guide

Your local cafe is getting greener…

Did you know that the FSTC has partnered with the Green Cafe Network and the Specialty Coffee Association of America to develop a comprehensive sustainability guide specifically for cafe and coffee shops?

green-guide-preview_Page_1The FSTC has contributed their technical expertise, key research and years of experience to create the Energy & Water Modules of the SCAA Green Guide. The Green Guide is a series of digital booklets, published in modules that will cover key strategies for cafe operators in energy conservation, waste reduction, water conservation, and toxics reduction. The goal is to link simple, practical steps with a broader industry effort. Module #1 offers structured guidance on how to reduce costs specific to lighting, refrigeration, appliances & HVAC.


The Green Guide is part of SCAA’s Low Impact Cafe Program.The SCAA Low Impact Cafe Program is a new program designed for coffee retailers. The goal of the program is to provide tips on how to lower your cafe’s operating costs and overall environmental impact that are both easy to understand and implement. The program also includes tools of measurement so that every participating retailer has the ability to quantify their efforts both for business purposes as well as to directly communicate to their customers.


There are two components of the program; the Green Guide and the START database. START is a powerful online database that allows retailers to input monthly utility use data related to their business and discover the impact of their sustainability efforts. The Green Guide provides a mechanism for measurement offered through START and a recognition vehicle for participating cafes.


The Low Impact Cafe program was designed with the cafe and coffee retailer in mind, and built to make sustainability at the cafe achievable!

landing-pageWe are currently working hard on the Water Module and it will be ready for the public early this summer! In the meantime, attend the 25th Annual SCAA Exposition on April 13th to hear Richard Young present on the Green Guide and give you key tips to energy conservation in your cafe!

Our Partners:


SCAA-logo2The Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) is the world’s coffee authority and largest coffee trade association with nearly 5,000 members including member companies and their employees. SCAA members are located in more than 40 countries and represent every segment of the specialty coffee industry, including producers, roasters, importers/exporters, retailers, manufacturers, baristas and coffee enthusiasts. SCAA is dedicated to creating a vibrant specialty coffee community, recognizing, developing and promoting specialty coffee by setting and maintaining quality standards for the industry; conducting research on coffee, equipment and perfection of craft; and providing education, training, resources and business services for its members.


Green Cafe Network

Green Cafe Ngreenetwork’s mission is make sustainability mainstream by greening the coffeehouse industry. In addition to their sustainability consulting and education services, GCN has built a growing network of member cafes across the United States that are committed to running green businesses.