Industry Responds to Need for Global Water Conservation Initiatives (And What You Can do to Support the Effort)

By Samantha Veide, Global Drinks Education Manager, Mars Drinks This issue of water and sustainability is complex. It is about water scarcity—by 2025, 1.8 billion people will be living in countries or regions with absolute water scarcity, and two-thirds of the world’s population could be living under water stressed conditions1.  It is about water despoilment—all the …

Field Notes from Pu’er, China: Coffee Production in the Land of Tea

By Emma Sage, Coffee Science Manager, Specialty Coffee Association of America This spring, I had the opportunity to visit China’s Yunnan Province to tour the region’s coffee farms. Yunnan Province is located in South-Central China and borders Vietnam, Burma, and Laos. It is a tropical region famous for its indigenous populations, green mountains, and (remaining) …

SCAA Announces Digital Opportunities to Complete Knowledge Tests for Certificate Programs

As of June 1, 2013, the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) will be conducting all knowledge tests for their Certificate programs in a secure online format. This exciting new digital system will allow for easier participant access to tests as well as faster turnaround times for reporting of results and awarding of credits and …