2017 U.S. Specialty Coffee Consumption Trends

By HEATHER WARD Specialty coffee consumption in the U.S. is growing, and this year there has been a significant increase in daily specialty coffee drinkers. Furthermore, over the last 18 years, the number of daily specialty coffee drinkers has consistently increased, strengthening the consumer demand for specialty coffee. Let’s take a closer look at the …

U.K. Takes First Place at the 2017 World Barista Championship

By ALEX BERNSON The World Barista Championship in Seoul was an incredible showcase of international coffee talent, with close to sixty competitors taking to the stage in early November for an exciting four-day display of innovation and technical mastery at Cafe Show Seoul. Dale Harris, representing the United Kingdom, took first place with a routine …

Now Accepting Applications for the 2018 SCA Sustainability Award

As part of its mission, the SCA is actively involved in sustainability and looks to its members to take leadership roles in sustainable practices within the specialty coffee sector. With this in mind, the Sustainability Award was created in 2004 to promote, encourage and honor the efforts of those serving as role models through sustainable …

What Chapters Mean to the Coffee Community

By Jackie Malone The Chapter structure of the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) plays a critical role in fastening the coffee community together. SCA Chapters connect people at a local level who have a shared passion that revolves around coffee—be they baristas, coffee shop owners, small or large businesses. The community is diverse and dynamic, and the Chapter committees work at engaging …

Recap: Avance, SCA’s First Sustainability Conference

By Lily Kubota On the morning of October 11, 2017, the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) welcomed over 150 coffee producers, buyers, traders, roasters, and other coffee industry professionals to Anacafé—the Guatemalan national coffee association headquartered in Guatemala City—for the first-ever SCA sustainability conference: Avance. The purpose of this two-day event was to engage sustainability leaders and passionate …

September 2017 in National Coffee Competitions: A Recap of New Champions from Around the Globe

Photo: Copyright JakeOPhoto2015  Here is our new monthly recap of the winners of national coffee competitions from around the world in collaboration with World Coffee Events (WCE). These dedicated coffee competitors have earned the right to represent their country in coffee competitions at the international level. For more information on upcoming world championships and the athletes …

New Report on Farm Profitability Launched at Avance Guatemala

A new report by the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) reveals that increased yields on coffee farms tend to decrease their profitability in the short term, debunking the popular belief that high yields are a precursor to the economic sustainability of a farm. The report was launched at Avance, SCA’s new sustainability conference, hosted in Guatemala …

Nueva encuesta de evaluación de necesidades en países afectados por desastres naturales

Foto: Árboles caídos en Hacienda Moraika en Orocovis, Puerto Rico. Enviado por Erica Reyes. Haga clic aquí para leer el mensaje de Erica a los miembros de la SCA. Docenas de miembros de la SCA se han ofrecido como voluntarios para ayudar a las comunidades cafetaleras afectadas por desastres naturales en Puerto Rico y México, luego …