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 …

2019-2021 Leadership Equity and Diversity (LEAD) Scholars Announced

The staff and volunteers at the Specialty Coffee Association are pleased to introduce the recipients of the 2019-2021 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 …

A Showcase of Specialty Coffee Innovation and Community at HostMilano 2019

The partnership between the SCA and Fiera Milano will focus on HostMilano’s vast coffee and tea area where the SCA will design an interactive space for visitors to network and take part in a showcase of innovation in specialty coffee. The SCA’s space at HostMilano will feature a fully-equipped coffee bar serving specialty coffees throughout …

Call for Nominations for the 2019 SCA Board of Directors

By JAMES HUMPOLETZ Translations available: Chinese, French, German, Italian, Korean, Russian, Spanish. July 10, 2019: We have updated this post to include the Board members whose terms will be ending in December of this year. The SCA Board of Directors consists of eighteen (18) volunteer members that serve a two-year term, supported by the Executive Director/CEO and SCA staff. This year there …