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SCA Donates $205,000 in Expo Revenue to Support Louisiana Coffee People

2021 SCA Expo

A scene from the 2021 Specialty Coffee Expo show floor in New Orleans. Daily Coffee News photo/Connie Blumhardt.

The Specialty Coffee Association is donating $205,000 to support Louisiana coffee businesses and workers affected by Hurricane Ida. The donation will be distributed in the form of grants by two different nonprofits: the 15-year-old Louisiana Hospitality Foundation and coffee-focused Go Fund Bean.

The $205,000 represents 50% of the attendee revenue generated at last weekend’s Specialty Coffee Expo, which took place in New Orleans despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and local devastation created by Hurricane Ida, which made landfall in Louisiana one month before the event.

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The SCA is encouraging coffee businesses to further support people and coffee businesses in New Orleans and Louisiana by contributing directly to either of the nonprofit organizations.

For its part, Go Fund Bean will be distributing a number of $500 grants to individual hourly coffee workers who have been affected by Hurricane Ida. The grant application can be found here.

The Louisiana Hospitality Foundation will be administering $1,000 grants to individual coffee businesses that are within designated disaster areas, as determined by FEMA. The grant application can be found here.