Coffee is lifestyle, coffee is the quick “latte to go”, coffee is pleasure. And coffee is tradition. A contradiction? Not at all. In its work, the German Coffee Association combines the traditional with the modern: Deeply rooted in tradition, yet the topics are always on trend with an eye to the future.
The German Coffee Association has existed in its current form for more than 50 years. Its story, however, begins much earlier, back in 1886, with the founding of the the “Verein der am Caffeehandel betheiligten Firmen” (Association of companies involved in the coffee trade). In 1969 it joined forces with the “Verein der Kaffee-Grossröster und -Importeure” (Association of large-scale coffee roasters and importers) and the “Verein der Hamburger Caffeeimport-Agenten und -Makler” (Association of Hamburg Coffee Import Agents and Brokers), which was founded in 1888, to form the Deutschen Kaffeeverband e.V. (German Coffee Association). The German Coffee Association has represented the interests of the German coffee sector ever since. The overarching goals of the Association are the achievement of positive conditions for the coffee industry, the competent support of its members and the promotion of a positive image for coffee in Germany.
Representing more than 300 members, the German Coffee Association is a medium-sized association, but with a voice belying its size. After all, coffee is one of the most important trade goods of all, and Germany is the third-largest coffee market in the world. The association counts almost all the big names in the industry among its members. However, it does not just represent the interests of the big and powerful; it stands up for both “small” and “large” members equally. In the end, an association can only be strong through everyone working together.
The Arbitration Board of the German Coffee Association at the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce deals with general disputes arising from transactions in the coffee industry. In addition, there is the Hamburg Quality Arbitration of the Association of Hamburg Coffee Import Agents and Brokers, a founding member of the German Coffee Association, which mediates disputes regarding the quality of green coffee.
To download an overview of both active arbitration boards click here
Click on the following links to view the arbitration rules of the German Coffee Association at the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce:
Quality arbitration rules in English, as the now only valid version: