Learning from the Past, Looking to the Future – 25 Magazine: Issue 4

In this issue we continue to explore our industry’s fascinating past while peering into the future, and as always embrace the science of all things coffee. We preview a significant SCA research paper on freshness and degassing, always seeking to layer fact against the myriad of opinions on the importance of freshness and impact in …

March 2018 in National Coffee Competitions

Here is our recap of the winners of national coffee competitions from around the world in collaboration with World Coffee Events (WCE) for the month of March 2018. 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 championships and …

CoLab: Belfast 2017 – Panel Discussion

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A special panel discussion on the Belfast coffee scene presented at CoLab: Belfast in November 2017, the final video in the series we have released from this event. To find the first three talks from CoLab: Belfast, click here. Join the Barista Guild of Europe at CoLab: Bucharest this 29-31 May, 2018! Learn more and …

SCA Podcast #16: The Building Blocks of a Cafe

This episode of the SCA Podcast features Ralf Rueller, speaking at CoLab: Belfast in November 2017 about the essential factors to consider when planning a new cafe. Since 2010, Ralf and his team at The Barn Coffee Roasters have been doing pioneering work in Berlin’s specialty coffee scene, exploring how to build an audience, lower barriers, …

The Building Blocks of a Cafe – Ralf Rueller

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Ralf Rueller speaking at CoLab: Belfast in November 2017. The Barn have been doing pioneering work in Berlin since the early days and explored many ways of how to build an audience, lower barriers and make specialty coffee work in the city. This presentation highlights the essential factors to consider when planning a new cafe. …

SCA Podcast #15: Don’t Hire Your Customers

This episode of the SCA Podcast features Ben Szobody speaking at CoLab: Belfast in November 2017 about the business and social benefits of hiring beyond the usual suspects. Ben leads an examination of employee retention in the industry and looks at what it takes to develop well-rounded employees who stay inspired and engaged. Ben spent 15 …

April 2018 Webinar: Results of the Work of the Ad Hoc Committees on Deferred Candidacy and Events Site Criteria

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Over the past two months, a diverse and passionate group of specialty coffee professionals have been working collaboratively on the documentation of the deferred candidacy policy and the revision of events site criteria at the SCA. These volunteers, working with our staff leads and board co-chairs, have met regularly to explore solutions that will enable …

SCA Podcast #14: The Culture of Fermentation

This episode of the SCA Podcast features Kathe Kaczmarzyck speaking at CoLab: Belfast in November 2017. Fermenting food and drinks has a long history with a variety of methods rooted in different cultures across the globe. In her talk, Kathe regales stories of her explorations to discover how the culture of fermentation benefits our health …

2018 Barista Guild of America Executive Council Election Results Announced

The newly-elected Executive Council Members are Mark Hundley of Bolt Coffee Company (Incumbent), Adam Jacksonbey of The Potter’s House, Bailey Arnold of Gregorys Coffee, and Sam Schaefer of Stovetop Roasters! Each of these new directors will begin their term on the Executive Council at the Specialty Coffee Expo this month. Please be sure to say hello and congratulate them if you …