SCAA Announces Results for the 2015 / 2016 Board of Directors Election

The Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) is pleased to announce the results of the 2015/2016 Board of Directors election. Voting ended March 13, 2015, votes were tallied, and we can now confirm the new SCAA board members listed below. We are honored and grateful that these coffee professionals have dedicated their volunteer time and …

Case Study: Cultivating Quality in Honduras through Relationship Coffee

By Jimmy Sherfey, Abeja In San Jose de Colinas, located in the Cup of Excellence favorite region of Santa Barbara, Honduras, Arnold Paz shows us the proper level of ripeness, demonstrating the home remedy for harvesting more profitable cherry. “If you’re not sure, squeeze it,” he says, suspending a freshly picked cherry several inches above …

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, …

SCAA Announces Recipients of 2015 Recognition Awards and Sustainability Award

Honoring those who contribute their expertise to the coffee industry, the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) has announced the recipients of its 2015 Recognition Awards and Sustainability Award. Each year, SCAA honors outstanding achievements in the specialty coffee industry and unique contributions to the association. These leaders have made contributions to the industry, resulting …

SCAA Board of Directors Election Candidate Profiles Released

Candidate profiles for the 2015 Board of Directors election are now available! Electronic ballots will be sent on Monday, February 16, 2015 to eligible voting members. To learn more about the nomination and election process, you are encouraged to review the SCAA bylaws here. Candidate Profiles Heather Perry, Klatch Coffee Heather is the Director of Training and Consulting …

Exploring Gender Equity in Coffee—Next Stop: Uganda!

by Kimberly Easson, Coffee Quality Institute You’ve probably been hearing a lot about gender equity and women’s empowerment, and it’s no coincidence, since the development world has been highlighting the importance of this issue in global development circles. Statistics are impressive for both the challenge and the opportunity. For example, these data are taken from the …