Serving Those Who Grow Coffee: A Barista’s Perspective

by Richard Sandlin, Fair Trade USA – Coffee For most of us living in the global North, working in coffee is a choice. Regardless of your association to Specialty Coffee–barista, roaster, importer, etc…–you’ve made the decision to pursue a career in coffee. We can switch companies, and still be in the coffee industry. For coffee …

SCAA 2014 Best New Product Winners Announced

Each year, the Specialty Coffee Association’s Best New Product Competition recognizes new products that represent quality and add value to the specialty coffee and tea industry. Awards were presented at the SCAA’s 26th Annual Exposition, April 24-27, 2013 in Seattle, WA. The Best New Product People’s Choice Award encouraged attendees to cast their votes via …

SCAA Announces Results for the 2014 / 2015 Board of Directors Election

The Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) has announced the results of the 2014/2015 Board of Directors election. Voting ended March 22, votes were tallied, and SCAA can now confirm that the new board members are: Ben Pitts, 2nd Vice President Aida Batlle, Director Juan Luis-Barrios, Director Rachel Peterson, Director Chad Trewick, Director “We are …

SCAA Election Demonstrates Democracy at its Best

By Andrew Hetzel Winston Churchill once said, “Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all of the others.” Despite its inefficiencies and occasional failings, democracy provides individuals the rights of free expression, equality and the benefits of a peaceful transfer of power between administrations. In short, Democracy works. Democracy is a word that …

SCAA Announces Recipients of 2014 Recognition Awards

Honoring those who contribute their expertise to the coffee industry, the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) has announced the recipients of its 2014 Recognition Awards. 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 in the development …

SCAA Honors Project Focused on Linking Coffee Producers with Specialty Segment of Mainstream Retailer in United Kingdom

The Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA), the world’s coffee authority and largest coffee trade association, presents its 2014 Sustainability Award to Twin, a UK-based ethical trading organization, and collaborators for their project Congo Coffee Revival: Regenerating Communities by Linking Remote Farmers to Mainstream Markets. This annual award honors individuals, businesses and organizations in the …

SCAA Releases Candidate Profiles for 2014 SCAA Board of Directors Elections

The Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) has released the official slate of candidates for the 2014 Board of Directors Elections and members should review candidate profiles below prior to voting. Voting will open February 19, 2014; ballots will be distributed through email to all eligible voting members. Voters must be the primary contact for a current …