SCA Lectures Podcast #12: Coffee Botany 101

In this episode of the SCA Podcast from the 2017 Specialty Coffee Expo, SCA Coffee Science Manager Emma Sage talks about the scientific fundamentals all coffee professionals should understand about the coffee plant. Learn about how coffee genetics interact with environmental factors to influence yield and performance, the history of coffee breeding, the basics of coffee’s anatomy and physiology, and listen to a lively discussion on the state of coffee research.

Presenter: Emma Sage, Science Manager, Specialty Coffee Association
Emma is the Science Manager at the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA), where she promotes research, acts as the primary liaison between science and industry, and serves as a scientific interpreter for coffee professionals. She holds a M.S. in Botany from the University of Wyoming, a B.A. in Ecology, and holds a post-graduate certificate from the Applied Sensory and Consumer Science Certificate Program at the University of California, Davis. Emma has always been committed to science education and is dedicated to acting as an effective resource for the specialty coffee industry.

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This talk was presented live at the 2017 Global Specialty Coffee Expo, the largest annual gathering of specialty coffee professionals.

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