US coffee roaster Green Mountain and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) have signed an agreement that creates an alliance to assist coffee producers around the world in addressing the economic, social and environmental impacts of the global coffee crisis. The Coffee Alliance will focus on developing sustainable solutions that will improve the quality of coffee and the quality of life in coffee growing communities. The memo of understanding, signed yesterday [Monday], is a mechanism by which Green Mountain Coffee Roasters may work with USAID in Washington and in missions around the world.