COVID-19 Update: Melbourne World Coffee Championships Postponed, Further Updates to Follow

Update March 12, 2020 | Since our announcement released yesterday, March 11, we have received many messages of support from members of the specialty coffee community around the world, for which we’re very thankful, and also some new questions, to which we hope to respond as soon as possible. In that time, the US government established …

Meet the Members of the 2020-2021 SCA Board of Directors

By YANNIS APOSTOLOPOULOS SCA members chose between seven candidates to fill six seats in the election managed by third-party elections company UK Engage. In accordance with the SCA Bylaws, the six newly-elected coffee professionals will join the board on January 1st, 2020 at which point the terms of six existing members of the advisory body will …

Voting Opens Today in the 2019 SCA Board of Directors Elections

By YANNIS APOSTOLOPOULOS The 2019 SCA Board of Directors elections will open Friday, November 1, and close on Saturday, November 30, 2019. SCA members will receive their ballot via email from vote@ukevote.uk, so please be sure to add the email address to your contacts. The slate of candidates on the ballot for the 2019 SCA Board of Directors election …

Brazil’s Conservationist History

Today, as the Amazon continues to burn, MICHAELA TOMCHEK explores Brazil’s conservationist history and how current legislation stands to benefit coffee farms and ecosystems as a whole. However, Brazil also has a reputation for deforestation, industrialized agriculture, and harmful practices putting its high biodiversity at risk. These common views align with the current news of …

SCA Announces First Event of the 2020 Sensory Program: Sensory Summit at UC Davis

By VICENTE PARTIDA Sensory Summit, a two-day conference designed to educate, inform, and inspire the specialty coffee sensory professional, will return to the purpose-built Sensory Theatre inside the Robert Mondavi Institute at the University of California Davis January 30 – February 1, 2020. The 2020 event marks both the conference’s third instance at UC Davis …

Update on the Slate of Candidates for the 2019 SCA Board of Directors Elections

BY YANNIS APOSTOLOPOULOS As presented last month, the Nominating Committee of the SCA Board, led by President Heather Perry, has nominated the following professionals from a pool of dozens who responded to the call for nominations made in June for the 2019 SCA Board of Directors elections: Burak Alici, CEO, QVIDTVM Inc Konstantinos Konstantinopoulos, CEO, Coffee …

Presenting Slate of Candidates for the 2019 SCA Board of Directors Elections

BY YANNIS APOSTOLOPOULOS On behalf of the SCA Board of Directors, it is my pleasure to present the slate of candidates for the 2019 SCA Board of Directors elections. The SCA Board, led by President Heather Perry, has nominated the following professionals from a pool of dozens who responded to the call for nominations made …

Coffee Price Crisis Webinar | Smallholders vs. Shareholders: Investigating the Priorities of Specialty Coffee

Updated September 6: Thanks to all who joined us on September 5 for this webinar, part of our series on the coffee price crisis, with Vera Espindola Rafael and Peter Kettler. SCA’s Vicente Partida spoke to Vera and Peter about issues related to farmer incomes, the work of Fairtrade, and research conducted being conducted on …