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Volcafe’s parent company, ED&F Man, is founded in London by sugar-trader James Man.
Salomon and Johann Georg Volkart found Volkart Brothers, to conduct trade between Switzerland and the Indian subcontinent.
Volkart Brothers opens a branch office in southern India.
The New York Coffee Exchange trades its first coffee contracts.
Coffee becomes Volkart Brothers’ main activity. The company trades coffees from Latin America and has export companies in Brazil, Guatemala and Costa Rica.
The term "specialty coffee" is coined (by trader Erna Knutsen) to differentiate between mass, commercial beans and the highest-quality coffees.
Washed Arabica – the most common specialty coffee – represents 48 percent of global coffee production.
Swiss conglomerate ERB acquires Volkart Brothers’ coffee business and renames it Volcafe.
Volcafe launches Volcafe Specialty Coffee (VSC), to promote specialty coffee in the United States.
ED&F Man acquires Volcafe, making it one of the world’s largest coffee merchants.
Washed Arabica production falls below 26 percent of global coffee production.
Volcafe researches and develops a global approach to sourcing sustainable, high-quality Arabica coffees.
Volcafe Way is launched. Farmer support organization (FSO) teams are trained in nine countries. Programs in two more countries are underway.