People of Specialty Coffee: An Interview With Caleb Nicholes

TJ Semanchin (left) & Caleb Nicholes (right), co-owners of Kickapoo Coffee Roasters What makes Kickapoo Coffee Roasters special? Our business is situated in the small progressive town of Viroqua (pop. 4500) in rural Wisconsin. Our county is home to more quality-focused organic farms per capita than anywhere else in the country. Living here has certainly …

SCAA Job Opportunity: Membership Manager

The Membership Manager will report to the Director of Membership and is responsible for helping progress SCAA’s membership acquisition, retention, and engagement strategies. The Membership Manager will supervise the membership department staff to advance these initiatives. This position will work with the Director of Membership to develop and maintain department operations plans and procedures. They will create, …

Details Regarding the 2016 USCC Qualifying Event

Earlier today, members received the following message regarding the 2016 regional qualifying event for USCC. The full text of the email can be found below. Dear Specialty Coffee Professionals, A few months ago, we formed an Ad Hoc Committee to discuss the qualifying events for the United States Coffee Championships (USCC), empowered by you. This committee …

SCAA at ExpoEspeciales and International Women in Coffee Convention in Bogotá, Colombia

By Lily Kubota, Content & Communications Manager, SCAA Last week—from October 15th through 18th—over 13,000 coffee professionals from around the world gathered in Bogotá, Colombia for ExpoEspeciales Café de Colombia. The tradeshow was also host to a number of coffee events, including the 10th Colombian Barista Championship and the 5th National Coffee Cup Tasters Championship, as well as …

Announcing New SCAA Certified Home Brewer: Wilfa Precision Coffee Maker

The Wilfa Precision automatic coffee brewer joins the list of SCAA’s Certified Home Brewers—coffee makers that meet SCAA’s longstanding rigorous technical requirements. Arild Jørgensen of Wilfa commented, “From the outset, our goal was for the Wilfa Precision to stand up to the highest standards of the coffee industry, subjectively in terms of flavor as well as in …

Announcing New SCAA Certified Home Brewers: OXO On 12-Cup and 9-Cup Coffee Makers

OXO now has two SCAA certified brewers, the OXO On 12-Cup Coffee Brewing System and the OXO On 9-Cup Coffee Maker. Both of the units have an intelligent microprocessor that monitors time, temperature, and volume from start to finish ensuring the precision of handcrafted coffee. Water is heated to the optimal temperature for coffee brewing, as defined …

Why is International Coffee Day Important?

By Peter Giuliano, Sr. Director of Symposium, SCAA October 1 is International Coffee Day. The “international” part of the holiday is important- there have been national coffee days for some time, but the international version is different- this year orchestrated by the International Coffee Organization to emphasize the importance of internationalist solidarity in coffee. As a …

SCAA Job Opportunity: Account Manager, Professional Development

SCAA Professional Development encompasses several programs and services related to education in the coffee industry. Upon joining our team, the Account Manager will work collaboratively within all SCAA Departments and with Members and Member Companies. The Account Manager position is based at the SCAA Headquarters in Santa Ana, CA. For exceptionally qualified candidates, SCAA will …

Celebrate International Coffee Day on October 1!

The International Coffee Organization (ICO) has designated October 1st as International Coffee Day. This is a day for celebrating coffee in all its diversity, appreciating the passion that coffee creates, as well as taking the opportunity to inform consumers about coffee as a product. Let’s celebrate coffee together on this day, (and every day, of course)! Do …

SCAA Announces Call for Recommendations to the Nominating Committee

On August 20, 2015, SCAA members received the following email announcing the call for recommendations to the nominating committee for the 2016 SCAA Board of Directors elections. Shawn Hamilton, immediate past president of the SCAA and current chair of the nominating committee, provided the election timeline and encouraged all members to participate by recommending individuals that …