Now Accepting Nominations for the 2019 SCA Sustainability Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2019 SCA Sustainability Awards. The deadline to submit an application is December 14, 2018. The Sustainability Awards were created in 2004 to promote, encourage and honor the efforts of those serving as role models through sustainable projects in the coffee sector. Each year, the SCA Sustainability Council reviews dozens of applications …

Benchmarking Your Business – 25 Magazine: Issue 6

HEATHER WARD explains another valuable series of ratios – financial ratios – that help coffee professionals understand and develop best practices to keep their roaster/retailer business healthy and financially sustainable in Issue 6 of 25 Magazine.  SCA’s 2017 Roaster/Retailer Financial Benchmarking Report includes a series of financial ratios that reflect leading best practices and performance of …

Sustainability Webinar: Coffee Prices and Farm Profitability

Update: Thanks to all who joined us for this second webinar in our Sustainability series on Farm Profitability and Prosperity recorded live on Tuesday, September 25th, at 8:00am PST / 4:00pm BST. Watch the recording above. Over the summer we have watched the coffee commodity futures market drop until on Tuesday, August 21, coffee opened at …

Climate Change & Coffee: Acting Globally & Locally

Excerpt from KIM ELENA IONESCU’s introduction of the newly republished SCA White Paper titled Climate Change & Coffee: Acting Globally & Locally. In the context of global shortfalls, it can feel glib or even disingenuous to applaud the efforts of individuals, but climate change isn’t only affecting the environment – it’s affecting people, and people are …

Modulating Perception – 25 Magazine: Issue 5

JESPER ALSTRUP explores “body” and how roast profile modulations affect the sensory experience of brewed coffee through his research at the University of Copenhagen, supported in part by the Specialty Coffee Association, in Issue 5 of 25 Magazine. After meeting and working with the coffee community, I became fascinated with the many ways coffee professionals …

SCA Podcast #19: The Science of Coffee Freshness

This week on the SCA Podcast, we feature a talk by Samo Smrke, Research Scientist at the Coffee Excellence Center of the Zurich University of Applied Sciences. Samo covers research he conducted in collaboration with the SCA on the effects of carbon dioxide degassing on coffee freshness and espresso extraction. Research by Samo and his …