SCAA Announces Addition of New Members to Board of Directors and Slate for 2014

Aida-200The Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) announced today that Willem Boot has stepped down from the SCAA Board of Directors and thanks him for his efforts and significant contributions to the industry. Aida Batlle, a notable coffee producer from El Salvador with SCAA member company Everest S.A., will fill this open spot on the board. “Aida’s unique qualifications and expertise will be of immense value to the strategic leadership of the SCAA and we look forward to welcoming her to the Board of Directors,” said SCAA’s executive director Ric Rhinehart.

RachelAdditionally, Carolyn Fairman will be joining SCAA’s staff as Chief of Staff. The Board of Directors has named Rachel Peterson to fill the board position created when Ms. Fairman resigned her seat. Rachel Peterson, also a coffee producer, from Hacienda la Esmeralda in Panama, is a respected member of the producer community and her organization has earned numerous awards and recognition for their quality produce. To read more about these new additions to SCAA’s Board of Directors and to find contact information for all members of the Board, please visit the SCAA website.

Juan Luis Barrios-200Furthermore, SCAA’s Board of Directors has approved a slate of candidates, as recommended by the Nominating Committee, for the 2014 Board of Directors Elections. For the Second Vice President seat, the candidate will be current Secretary/Treasurer Ben Pitts of Royal Cup Coffee, and for the four director positions, the candidates are Aida Batlle, Rachel Peterson, Juan Luis Barrios of Finca La Merced y El Retiro, and sitting board member Chad Trewick. More information about the candidates will be available shortly. SCAA members should look for an email with further information about the election process. Questions can be directed to

Update: As of January 7, 2014 Marty Curtis was added to the slate by petition and will be listed on the ballot as a write-in candidate.