The National Coffee Association of USA was founded in 1911, one of the earliest trade associations formed in the United States and the first trade association for the U.S. coffee industry. Since that time, the NCA has helped American coffee companies through some of the most volatile periods in the nation's history, including two world wars, a depression, a cold war and numerous frosts, strikes and cartels, not to mention a wide range of consumer trends in the U.S. coffee market.
The Specialty Coffee Association of America was formed in 1982 by a small group of coffee professionals seeking a common forum to discuss issues and set quality standards for the specialty coffee trade. The SCAA is now the world's largest trade association with almost 2,500 company members. Although the Association's members are predominantly located in the Americas, the SCAA works to improve the industry on a global level and from a "seed to cup" perspective, ensuring specialty coffees are available long into the 21st century.
The International Coffee Organization (ICO) is the main intergovernmental organization for coffee, bringing together producing and consuming countries to tackle the challenges facing the world coffee sector through international cooperation.