Roasters Guild and Barista Guild of America Combine Forces for Origin Trip to Costa Rica

By José René Martínez, J. René Coffee Roasters Having the benefit of an early arrival into San José, I wasted no time in touring one of Central America’s most vibrant cities. With camera in-hand, I walked the streets of San José, the nation’s largest city and the epicenter of social and economic activity. Within minutes, …

USBC Origin Trip Sponsor Cafe Imports Confirms Kenya as Destination

We were excited to receive this message today from the United States Barista Championship (USBC) Origin Trip Sponsor Café Imports: “Café Imports is proud to announce that we have finalized plans for the 2013 Origin Trip for the six regional barista champions, the USBC champ, and the World Barista Champion. This is the third year we …

SCAA Coffee Science Origin Trip: Reflections of a Facilitator of Learning

By Emma Sage, Coffee Science Manager, Specialty Coffee Association of America As the Coffee Science Manager I am constantly brainstorming the differing ways I can use my skill set to communicate the science of coffee to SCAA membership. When I began daydreaming about an origin trip that merged science and technological advances with specialty coffee, …

Being There: A Sensory Diary of a Trip to Brazil

By Christopher Schooley, Coffee Design & Experience Coordinator, SCAA, and Lily Kubota, Content & Communications Manager, SCAA Traveling to a coffee producing country is an experience like no other. Seeing coffee production first-hand and learning about coffee farming and processing are essential to understanding the supply chain and being able to communicate about our coffees …

What is a ‘Coffee Science’ Origin Trip?

By Emma Sage, Coffee Science Manager, SCAA The SCAA is committed to bringing unique, hands-on educational and relationship-building opportunities at origin. This origin trip is designed to build understanding of the technical, agronomic, and scientific techniques being utilized as they support and influence the value of specialty coffee. This trip is not just for admitted …

Roasters Guild Origin Trip to Brazil | July 2012

Why Attend? Participants will experience factors that contribute to great tasting coffee, examine environmental and social issues important for sustainability, and meet coffee farmers to understand the opportunities to connect roasters and green coffee buyers to the amazing, dedicated people who grow it. On this trip, attendees will visit the regions of Mogiana, Sul de …

Volunteer Highlight: Wendy De Jong, Coffee Buyer/Education Director of Single Origin Roasters, Tony’s Coffees & Teas

                Name: Wendy De Jong Title: Coffee Buyer/Education Director Company: Single Origin Roasters, Tony’s Coffees & Teas   How long have you been volunteering for the SCAA? 10 years!   What was the first SCAA event you volunteered for and what were your duties? I was recruited by …

Denomination of Origin

Creating Geographical Indications for Coffee By Laura Everage In this Symposium session, Paul Songer of Songer & Associates, Inc. and Luis Fernando Samper of Colombian Coffee Growers Federation presented two separate approaches to creating geographical indications. In Rwanda, the analysis was made purely on a cup basis, while in Colombia extensive lab testing and verification …