Coffee | Standards Michigan


Undertaking a leadership role on behalf of the United States would be a good fit for any of the thousands of international studies programs in US colleges and universities.



March 25, 2019
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“Coffee in the Garden” | Daniel Ridgway Knight (1839-1924)

As the U.S. member body to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) encourages its members and relevant stakeholders to participate in discovering standardization solutions in a broad range of technologies and markets with like-minded experts in other national standards bodies.  The full sweep of ANSI’s participation in consensus documents developed by the ISO is described in the link below:

ISO Programs – Overview

ANSI recently posted a US leadership opportunity regarding the value chain of a product familiar to daily life at home and in business: coffee.   The ISO administers leading practice discovery and promulgation in the global coffee value chain through parent Technical Committee 34 (TC34) with the Association Française de Normalisation as the global Secretariat with the Associação Brasileira de Normas Técnicas as the twinned Secretariat*.  Subcommittee 15 oversees standardization in the field of coffee and coffee products, covering the coffee chain from green coffee to consumption, in particular. Standardization includes terminology, sampling, test methods and analysis, product specifications and requirements for packaging, storage and transportation

From the ISO/TC 34 prospectus:

Business Plan ISO TC34 Food Products

The Secretariats for this subcommittee is currently held by Colombia (ICONTEC) but, with ANSI recently announcing that it is relinquishing its role as the US Technical Advisory Group Administrator, there is no US stakeholder participating.  ANSI has posted an invitation for another US-based stakeholder to assume leadership in this standard:

ANSI Standards Action Page 34

Apart from the passion that young people have for fair trade in any market, we see this as an outstanding opportunity for faculty and students to gain insight into the geo-politics of food supply generally and the subtleties of coffee markets.

Business schools, agricultural colleges, international studies program developers who may be, and should be, interested in a leadership opportunity on behalf of the United States should communicate directly with ANSI’s ISO Team ((   Standards Michigan also devotes an hour every month to review public commenting opportunities on all international standards.  See our CALENDAR for the next online teleconference.

Issue: [19-46]

Category: Academic, International

Colleagues: Mike Anthony, Christine Fischer

ISO Guidance on Twinning




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