Update on the Coffee Technician Program

Originally posted on the Coffee Technicians Guild Blog. By DAVID MILLER The forthcoming year will see further curriculum development by volunteers in the coffee technician and manufacturing communities, the selection of the first rounds of Authorized SCA Trainers (ASTs) in the program and the first offering of CTechP courses at an SCA Specialty Coffee Expo. …

India’s First SCA Premier Training Campus: Araku Originals Coffee Campus

The SCA has recognized the first Premier Training Campus in India—Araku Coffee, a certified organic luxury global Indian coffee brand. As a Premier Training Campus, Araku Coffee now has accreditation to offer courses on Green Coffee/Sensory Skills/Q, Barista Skills, Brewing, and Roasting taught by authorized SCA trainers. Achieving SCA Premier Campus accreditation is a prestigious …

SCA Alumni Spotlight: Regine Guion-Firmin of Karibu Kahawa (Welcome Coffee)

Every year, over 30,000 coffee professionals complete an SCA education program with more enrolling each year. As a new regular feature, we’d like to spotlight some of our amazing alumni and share their successes. Our second featured alumnus is Regine Guion-Firmin, an AST based in Nairobi and working mainly in East Africa with coffee producers. …

Introducing the SCA Coffee Sustainability Program

The Specialty Coffee Association’s new Coffee Sustainability Program is founded on the principle that sustainability must be embraced by all actors in the coffee supply chain if the specialty coffee industry is to survive and thrive. As expectations for greater transparency and corporate responsibility grow in the industry, companies are rapidly increasing the size of …

Now Accepting Applications for the 2019-2021 LEAD Scholarship Program

Announced at Re:co Symposium in Boston today, the SCA is now accepting applications for the 2019-2021 cohort of the Leadership Equity and Diversity (LEAD) Scholarship Program. LEAD is aimed at increasing diversity of leadership within the global coffee community by enabling access to professional development resources to people from underrepresented or marginalized communities. The program is …

Baristas, Coffee Culture’s Ambassadors – 25 Magazine: Issue 6

ELIZABETH DOERR explores how the Dominican Republic’s largest coffee company seeks to change local coffee culture through baristas in Issue 06 of 25 Magazine. Strong, short, and sweet – made by stovetop with the Greca coffee maker – is deemed “traditional” Dominican coffee. Part of this could be custom, but the sugar could also be …

Inaugural Leadership Equity and Diversity (LEAD) Scholars Announced

By RIC RHINEHART On behalf of the Specialty Coffee Association, it is my pleasure to introduce the new Leadership Equity and Diversity (LEAD) Scholarship Program. First announced at the Re:co Symposium in April 2018, LEAD is aimed at increasing diversity of leadership within the global coffee community by enabling access to professional development resources to people from …

Introducing the New Leadership Equity and Diversity (LEAD) Scholarship Program

*Update on May 22: Point 2 in the participation criteria has been simplified to 3 years of experience in the coffee industry, removing the mid- to senior-level management experience previously required. LEAD is designed to open doors to underrepresented people in our community and we believe this change in the requirements is the right step towards …

World of Coffee Amsterdam Lecture Proposal Submissions are open!

Each year, World of Coffee welcomes industry respected experts who inspire, educate and motivate nearly 7,000 coffee professionals to reach for their goals and expand their coffee knowledge. Lecture presenters are carefully vetted experts who are highly enthusiastic about their area of expertise and have a strong desire to share that knowledge for the betterment …

Swiss SCA Chapter Hosts First Education Day

By KIM STAALMAN This initiative by the volunteers behind the Swiss SCA chapter, led by National Coordinator Philipp Henauer, proved very popular. It wasn’t surprising when looking at the lineup of speakers. The day’s program was diverse in topics and showcased both Switzerland’s own coffee talent and a few guest speakers from Germany. The day …