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Statement on Selection of Dubai as a Host of the 2018 World Coffee Championships

World Coffee Events, an event management organization owned by the Specialty Coffee Association, announced today that Amsterdam, Dubai and Belo Horizonte would be hosting World Coffee Championships events in 2018. Dubai was selected to host the Cezve/Ibrik Championship, World Brewers Cup, World Cup Tasters Championship, and World Coffee Roasting Championship next September.

Coffee Culture in Turkey

By Özgün Sarisoy Do you know the words for “breakfast” and “brown” in Turkish?(1) The Turkish language has many words related to coffee in its vocabulary. Turkish culture has deep roots in coffee, with traditional ballad songs, as well as different brewing and serving rituals for this beloved beverage. Turkey’s coffee culture is one of the oldest, but today …

New Coffee Skills Program Foundation Level Materials and AST Logos Now Available

The SCA’s Education department is pleased to announce that the Foundation level exams and curricula for the new Coffee Skills Program (CSP) are now available. These materials are currently only available in English but translations will be available in the coming weeks. ASTs should note that the function to add new CSP courses is not …

SCA Releases Access to Results of 2017 Coffee Roaster/Retailer Benchmarking Study

In April of this year, the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) launched a survey for the new Roaster/Retailer Financial Benchmarking Study: a business tool that offers roasters and retailers a way to measure their company performance against the objective industry standard. The idea is to deliver business information to people and companies in the specialty coffee …

In Memoriam: Skip Finley

By Ric Rhinehart For the staff of the SCA the world contains a little bit less light today, because today Skip Finley has physically left us. As we mourn Skip throughout the coffee world, we also have a chance to remember his spirit, which remains very much with us.  In an organization that was founded …

Introducing Avance, SCA’s New Sustainability Conference

This fall, sustainability leaders and passionate advocates from across the coffee value chain will gather in Guatemala City to participate in Avance, the first sustainability conference hosted by the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA). This inaugural event will be held on October 11-12, 2017, at the headquarters of Anacafé, Guatemala’s national coffee association. The two-day event …