U.K. Takes First Place at the 2017 World Barista Championship

By ALEX BERNSON The World Barista Championship in Seoul was an incredible showcase of international coffee talent, with close to sixty competitors taking to the stage in early November for an exciting four-day display of innovation and technical mastery at Cafe Show Seoul. Dale Harris, representing the United Kingdom, took first place with a routine …

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 …

Coffee Roasters Guild – Road to a Unified Guild | Member Webinar #2

The leadership of the current Roaster Guild of Europe Working Group and Roasters Guild Executive Council invite guild members and those interested in learning more about the guild to join our second informational webinar focusing on the process toward a unified guild for coffee roasters – the Coffee Roasters Guild (CRG). The webinar was held …

Connecting Our Community – 25 Magazine: Issue 2

Cover of 25 Magazine Issue 2 by the Specialty Coffee Association

The importance of coffee smallholders and the diversity they bring to the specialty coffee supply chain can’t be underestimated. Their future is both threatened and uncertain despite unparalleled global coffee demand. The part smallholders play in the supply of washed Arabicas is brought sharply into focus in this issue of 25 as Thomas Copple looks …

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 …

September 2017 in National Coffee Competitions: A Recap of New Champions from Around the Globe

Photo: Copyright JakeOPhoto2015  Here is our new monthly recap of the winners of national coffee competitions from around the world in collaboration with World Coffee Events (WCE). 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 the athletes …

Nueva encuesta de evaluación de necesidades en países afectados por desastres naturales

Foto: Árboles caídos en Hacienda Moraika en Orocovis, Puerto Rico. Enviado por Erica Reyes. Haga clic aquí para leer el mensaje de Erica a los miembros de la SCA. Docenas de miembros de la SCA se han ofrecido como voluntarios para ayudar a las comunidades cafetaleras afectadas por desastres naturales en Puerto Rico y México, luego …

SCA Members Rally to Support Organizations Providing Disaster Relief in the Coffeelands

Photo: Fallen trees at Hacienda Moraika in Orocovis, Puerto Rico. Photo by Erica Reyes. Click here to read her message to SCA members. Dozens of SCA members have volunteered to provide help for coffee communities affected by natural disasters in Puerto Rico and Mexico, following a call for support from the SCA and the Guilds. Over …