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New Year’s Resolutions
The following are some of the main points mentioned in the 2002 resolution letters from the major coffee organizations.

The National Coffee Association (NCA) resolved: To organize a summit of industry leaders in early 2002 that will develop recommendations for ensuring the availability of an ample supply and quality of coffee; To continue to work with a coalition of food and beverage industry associations on House and Senate bills that concern the nation’s food safety and the threat of bioterrorism; To recommend that the U.S. Government rejoin the International Coffee Organization; To conduct a global technology survey for the coffee industry to help identify E-commerce solutions with an emphasis on savings in “back office” costs.

The Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) resolved: To encourage the U.S. government to take action to revise current import regulations to remove low-quality coffee from U.S. Commerce than required under current U.S. law; To support efforts by coffee producers in the U.S. and abroad to create reasonable quality standards for coffee exports that will ensure the long-term supply of wholesome, higher-quality coffee for consumers worldwide.

The Specialty Coffee Association of Europe (SCAE) resolved: To endorse the elimination of impurities and defective beans in exported coffee and the diversion of low-grade coffee from the market to other uses, leading to an increase in demand through the improvement in quality; To encourage all European governments and the E.U. to revise current import regulations to significantly reduce the proportion of low quality coffee; and to support efforts by coffee producing nations to create reasonable quality standards for coffee exports that will ensure the long term supply of good quality coffee for consumers worldwide.


GOOD NEWS
May Tea Party - The Party with Heart

More prevalent than Huntington’s Disease or Cystic Fibrosis, Neurofibromatosis is a lesser-known common genetic disorder that causes tumors to grow on the nerves or in the body which can lead to developmental delays and learning disabilities. As part of their efforts towards help for victims of the disorder, the National Neurofibromatisis Foundation (NNFF) is holding a program called the May Tea Party. Those who choose to contribute to the cause receive invitations and envelopes that each include a tea bag, so that they can personalize the invitations and send them out to friends and family to offer them a symbolic seat at the tea party for a return contribution.

The tea artwork on the cover of the invitation is by Susan Lawson-Bell, renowned tea artist, and Eastern Tea Company has supplied the complimentary tea bags enclosed within the invitations. Those who desire may even choose to have a real May Tea Party to raise money, and this year NNFF may hold a May Tea Party fundraiser at a New York City hotspot.

The NNFF sponsors scientific research towards treatment and cures for NF, as well as support services for its victims and public awareness of the disorder and more. For further information contact:

The National Neurofibromatosis Foundation, Inc., 95 Pine Street, 16th Floor, New York, NY 10005. Tel: (212) 344-6633, (800) 323-7938, Fax: (212) 747-0004, E-mail: nnff@nf.org, Web site: www.nf.org


Tea & Coffee - January/February 2002
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