UPDATED July 13, 2020
"By the eighteenth century, the coffeehouse had become a widely accepted part of urban social life
..." -The Social Life of Coffee by Brian Cowan
The coffeehouse. In all of its various iterations, from the "virtuoso sociability" of London coffeehouses in the late
1600's to the monochromatic "beat" coffeehouses of the 1950's and then the "third wave" that has been crashing on
our shore for the last 20 years, the coffeehouse has been a social place where people share the social beverage. And
it is worth noting, it has survived.
Today, and for the duration as they say in times of war, we are living in a world of social distancing, and as a
result the "house" has been temporarily removed from coffeehouse. On almost every level, our lives have been upended
by uncertainty. For those who earn their keep by way of the social beverage, the uncertainty is not necessarily more
pronounced , but it is very specific. The coffeehouse and other retail establishments that serve coffee are not the
only termini on the coffee supply chain, but they are very important to us all.
We don't know the future, but we do know a lot of people and organizations within the coffee industry are working
hard to provide the industry with information and resources that answer the uncertainty, even while they don't make
it go away.
Welcome to Olam's "Resource Library for Coffee Roasters During COVID-19." We hope that here you'll find places to go
and find answers, ideas, direction, maybe even inspiration ... for the duration.
We will be adding to the library on an ongoing basis, so do check this page for updates. If you have resources you
think we might add to the library, please email information to CustomerService-OSC@olamnet.com. Use the same email if you have
For supply chain updates visit:
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US Government Resources
SBA has set up a 24/7 phone help line: 1-800-659-2955
Apply for an Express Bridge Loan
while waiting for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan
The Paycheck Protection Program designed to help small
businesses keep workers on payroll.
At Olam Specialty Coffee, we continue to process orders and ship coffee with the full support of Olam International,
read the Latest Overview From Olam International on the company-wide
response to COVID-19.