A World of Specialists: Coffee and Chemistry

By Christopher Hendon My interest in chemistry was sparked in 2007 when I received a copy of Luca Turin’s The Secret of Scent: Adventures in Perfume and the Science of Smell. Turin describes his pursuits of synthesizing novel, smelly molecules, and the challenge of elucidating how humans physically detect and perceive these compounds. Among other …

Technical Standard Committee Launches Fellowship Program

The Technical Standards Committee (TSC) of the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) works on complex and complicated projects that have great impact on the specialty coffee industry. From establishing the green coffee defects standards for Arabica coffee to publishing measurable standards for sample roasting and cupping, our volunteers define the technical aspects of quality …

SCAA Releases July 2016 Retail Sentiment Index (RSI) Report

SCAA’s Specialty Coffee Retail Sentiment Index (RSI) is a semiannual indicator that measures coffee retailers’ degree of optimism on their own situation and the industry. The purpose is to provide data that reflects the overall sentiment and, over time, it will be used to identify trends and offer insight on the segment’s movement. The RSI …

Emerging Markets: A Global Specialty Coffee Culture | Letter From the Editor

Every coffee roaster brings a unique and personal approach to their machine. Coffee people don’t always agree on extraction techniques or brew ratios. We can debate for hours on the most efficient or ethical way to trade coffee, or how the farming and processing method has impacted the quality of a coffee positively or negatively. …

Colombia’s Arc Over the Specialty Coffee Landscape (& Vice Versa)

By Timothy J. Castle From the beginning, perhaps before the term “specialty coffee” was coined, the specialty coffee industry and Colombian producers have had a special relationship. Each adds value to the other’s coffees, and each pushes the other toward incremental quality improvements and additions to the monetary value of Colombian coffee and specialty coffee …

Supply and Demand: Vastly Different Specialty Coffee Outlooks

By Ric Rhinehart As I sit here in the capital city of the birthplace of coffee (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia), after attending the International Coffee Organization’s 4th World Coffee Conference, I am driven to reflect on the conversations at the conference, in the hallways, and over dinner. The state of the global coffee market and the …