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 …

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 …

The Culture of Fermentation – Kathe Kaczmarzyk

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Kathe Kaczmarzyk 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 this talk, Kathe regales stories of her explorations to discover how the culture of fermentation benefits our health and wellbeing. Kathe is an avid fermentor …

February 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 February 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 …

Don’t Hire Your Customers – Ben Szobody

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 years in political and business journalism …

Congratulations to the 2018 Cezve/Ibrik Champion!

By CONNOR CLARKE Congratulations to Slava Babych, representing Ukraine, who has become the 2018 Cezve/Ibrik Champion! Over three days, we’ve seen some great performances from seven coffee professionals in the Cezve/Ibrik Championship. The final ranking also included Marina Khuyppenen, representing Russia, who placed in 2nd, with Koray Erdoğdu representing Turkey in 3rd, and Sumit Shrestha …

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 December 2017 and January 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 …

The Economics of Coffee: Understanding Profitability at Farm Level – 25 Magazine: Issue 3

CHAD TREWICK introduces the main discussion points in the SCA’s Farm Profitability Report in Issue 3 of 25 Magazine. When delegates voted with their feet, they confirmed what many of us have advocated for some time: the coffee industry cannot ignore a risk to production on a global scale. In a bid to better understand the …

Reflections from the Coffee Technicians Guild Summit

By MARCO SERRI The Coffee Technicians Guild Summit has just ended in Susegana, Italy – the first European event dedicated to technicians who daily support the coffee industry. This was an opportunity to share knowledge and experiences among industry experts. Hosted by Astoria, we had the pleasure of spending two wonderful days with technicians coming …