SCAA Professional Development Programs Bring World Class Education to the Coffee Marketplace

By Lily Kubota, Content & Communications Manager, SCAA The Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) is a membership organization that, for the past quarter of a century, has provided its members with resources, education, training, networking opportunities, and business services that allow coffee professionals to do what they do to the best of their ability. …

Careers in Coffee: Logging Time

By Thomas Hodges, Director of Coffee, Lamill Coffee I will begin and conclude this brief article with my own coffee-roasting axiom: “There is no substitute for time behind the iron.” In fact, Malcolm Gladwell’s recent book Outlier even talks about the “ten thousand-hour rule”, stating that it takes ten thousand hours of dedicated practice to achieve mastery of …

Profile: The Specialty Coffee Scientist

By Emma Sage, Coffee Science Manager, SCAA Coffee scientists all over the globe are examining important issues in coffee. There are research groups investigating everything from volatile aroma components, pest and disease biology and resistance, environment and agricultural impacts, flavor formation and precursors, health impacts, environmental influence, processing technology and practices improvement, microorganism biology, taste …

Erin Wang of Molinos de Honduras Wins 5th Annual U.S. Cup Tasters Championship

Awarded at 25th Annual SCAA Event in Boston, MA The Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) declared Erin Wang of Molinos de Honduras as the winner of its 5th Annual U.S. Cup Tasters Championship. The championship was held at SCAA’s 25th Annual Exposition, April 11-14, 2013 in Boston, MA. SCAA is the world’s coffee knowledge …

Caitlin McCarthy-Garcia of Equator Coffees Wins Roasters Guild’s 2013 Roasters Choice Competition

Prestigious Honor for Coffee Roasters Awarded at SCAA’s 25th Annual Event in Boston, MA The Roasters Guild, a trade guild of the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA), the world’s coffee knowledge leader and largest coffee trade association, held the annual Roasters Choice Competition at SCAA’s 25th Annual Exposition, April 11-14, 2013 in Boston, MA …

Pete Licata Wins 2013 United States Barista Championship and Erin McCarthy Takes the 3rd Annual US Brewers Cup

Pete Licata of Parisi Artisan Coffee in Kansas City, Missouri took the top spot at the Specialty Coffee Association of America’s 2013 United States Barista Championship (USBC). Licata beat out other top baristas and coffeehouse professionals during a heated competition that took place April 11-14, 2013 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, in Boston, …