In this section we have gathered some of the most popular information sources, such as trade journals, magazines, blogs, and association websites. Industry information is always changing. For the latest news, current issues and popular opinions, try following one or more of these sources. In addition, interacting with the websites that provide this information through commenting and asking questions may also provide you with more information.
Trade associations often publish free industry newsletters that are excellent sources of information for your business plan. Such newsletters often have articles that cover in-depth topics on business management, manufacturing practices, how-tos, and current industry news.
Coffee Association of Canada | Aims to enhance the coffee beverage experience by providing members and consumers with opportunities to improve coffee beverage knowledge and skills.
British Columbia Restaurant and Foodservices Association (BCRFA) | Check out the Resources section for helpful restaurant-related links.
National Coffee Association (NCA) | The largest coffee association in North America, serve the public and its members by championing the well being of the coffee industry within the context of the global coffee community. Check out their coffee consumption research.
International Coffee Organization (ICO) | Is the main intergovernmental organization for coffee, bringing together producing and consuming countries to tackle the challenges facing the world coffee sector through international cooperation. Check out the extensive Resources section of the website.
Specialty Coffee Association | SCA is a non-profit organization, based in the US. The Canadian chapter can be found here and was formerly the Canadian Coffee Guild. Both SCA and the Canadian chapter of SCA provide events and education for members; SCA also performs market and scientific research which is available through the member portal and for purchase on their site.
Magazines & Trade Journals
Trade journals (often called magazines or trade publications) can be very useful in helping you find current articles relating to business research. Contact your local research library to determine which trade journal subscriptions they have. There are also free trade publications that you can access online.
Fresh Cup Magazine| Delivers in-depth analysis of the specialty coffee and tea industries, helping you to make informed business decisions and deliver first-rate products and services. Published once a month, they offer blog style articles along with their digital magazine. You can purchase back issues here.
Roast | Published 6 times per year, Roast describes itself as a
technical trade magazine” with a focus on the specialty coffee industry. Their articles cover topics such as the chemistry behind roasting coffee beans, roaster maintenance, and business basics. Their back issues are available for purchase here.
Tea and Coffee Trade Journal | The Tea and Coffee magazine is published 11 times per year on a paid subscription basis. In addition, they publish a free weekly news letter. This magazine targets coffee roasters and tea packers, offering information topics such as roasting, brewing, and equipment.
Broughton’s Coffee House | This bi-monthly publication is aimed at café owners, roasters, and employees, with a focus on providing information to help grow businesses. See an example publication, current issue highlights, and back issues here.
Barista Magazine Online | Published on a bi-monthly basis, this magazine is available for free through their app, Barista Magazine. Covering a variety of topics such as equipment and coffee market, a summary of their latest issue can be seen here.
Vancouver Coffee Snob | This blog is written by an anonymous reviewer in Vancouver, BC. In addition to reviewing coffee shops on a regular basis, they post about local coffee events. Check out their top ten coffee shops of 2018 list here.
Vancouver Barista | This blog discusses more than just coffee, but the focus is on reviewing coffee shops around Vancouver and writing posts about how to make delicious coffee at home. Each review covers both the straight espresso or drip coffee offerings, and one of the other drinks, such as a latte or tea. Check out their Coffee 101 posts here.
MarketWatch - Industry Analyzer
The Industries section contains current data on Dow Jones Industry Sectors. Aggregate data as well as company-specific data is available.
Vault Industry Profiles
A free source of industry information. Use the Industry Profiles to research news, company information, and industry-specific sample professions. Basic monthly membership is free and offers access to blogs, discussion forums, and job listings.
Canadian Barista & Coffee Academy
Focused on training and educating coffee entrepreneurs across Canada, this organization also hosts annual trade shows and barista competitions.