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Roasters Guild and Barista Guild to Visit Costa Rica in February

The Roasters Guild and Barista Guild of America have organized an Origin Trip to Costa Rica from February 18-25, 2018 – all members and interested coffee professionals are invited to register. Attendees will learn about different aspects of the coffee supply chain and get a look at some of the most cutting edge coffee production techniques in …

SCA Lectures Podcast #11: Chemical Physics and Coffee

Coffee undergoes a series of complex chemical physics from the moment it’s picked to the time it’s brewed and consumed. In this episode of the SCA Podcast from the 2017 Specialty Coffee Expo, Dr. Christopher Hendon discusses the chemical physics that impact the flavor, extraction, and consistency of brewed coffee. Dr. Hendon talks about improving …

National Coffee Competitions: A Recap of New Champions from Around the Globe

Here is our recap of the winners of national coffee competitions from around the world in collaboration with World Coffee Events (WCE) for the months of October and November 2017. These dedicated coffee competitors have earned the right to represent their country in coffee competitions at the international level. For more information on upcoming world …

SCA Lectures Podcast #10: Effective Strategies for Green Coffee Buyers

This episode of the SCA Podcast from the 2017 Specialty Coffee Expo features Mark Inman and Rob Stephen, two former coffee roasters/business owners, Past Presidents of the heritage Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA), and current green coffee buyers and traders. Mark and Rob bring 25 years of experience to the table as they guide …

Now Accepting Applications for the 2018 SCA Sustainability Award

As part of its mission, the SCA is actively involved in sustainability and looks to its members to take leadership roles in sustainable practices within the specialty coffee sector. With this in mind, the Sustainability Award was created in 2004 to promote, encourage and honor the efforts of those serving as role models through sustainable …

SCA Board Members and Staff to Attend Town Halls on Deferred Candidacy Policy, In Person and Online

Since the November 9 announcement of our Deferred Candidacy policy, the SCA Board of Directors have heard a variety of reactions from our members and other stakeholders. Many have been critical. We have listened to and read your comments, and we recognize that we did not communicate our intention clearly and were not as thoughtful …

What Chapters Mean to the Coffee Community

By Jackie Malone The Chapter structure of the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) plays a critical role in fastening the coffee community together. SCA Chapters connect people at a local level who have a shared passion that revolves around coffee—be they baristas, coffee shop owners, small or large businesses. The community is diverse and dynamic, and the Chapter committees work at engaging …