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Coffee Farm Misconceptions and Actual Diversity – Lisanne Oonk & Ivania Calderón

Lisanne Oonk & Ivania Calderón speaking at CoLab Bucharest 2018. What comes to mind when you hear the words “coffee farmer?” Lisanne, a cultural anthropologist working in coffee sales at Primavera Imports, investigates this question through the lens of coffee equality and social justice. Ivania, a third generation coffee producer from Nicaragua, joins Lisanne in the …

Meet the 2018 Sustainability Award Winners: Manos al Agua

RICHARD STILLER interviews ANDREA MORDÓ, Trading and Business Development Coordinator for the Federacion National de Cafeteros de Colombia (FNC) and leader of the Communication Committee for the Manos al Agua project, in the first of two SCA News interviews with the 2018 Sustainability Award Winners. The Project category of the SCA Sustainability Award celebrates innovative …

Bonavita Connoisseur Awarded SCA Home Brewer Certification

The 8-cup Bonavita Connoisseur has been awarded the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) Certified Home Brewer mark, making Bonavita the brand with the most certified brewers on the market. Certified Home Brewers are tested by UC Davis scientists and required to meet the SCA’s quality standards for brewing specialty coffee at home. The Bonavita Connoisseur is …

The Challenges of Being A Biological Coffee Farmer – Tim Wendelboe

Tim Wendelboe speaking at CoLab Bucharest 2018 Biological farming presents a number of unique challenges. Tim walks us through the lessons he’s learned from starting his own coffee farm, Finca el Suelo. He shares how he’s adjusted his techniques as he learns more about the land and about coffee farming (Hint: it involves compost and …

Sustainability Webinar: Farm Profitability and Prosperity #3

Update: Thanks to all who joined us for this third webinar in our Sustainability series on Farm Profitability and Prosperity recorded live on Thursday, November 15th, at 8:00 am PST / 4:00 pm BST. Watch the recording above. The SCA Sustainability Center is hosting a third webinar with the Farmer Profitability and Prosperity working group …

Curating a Tasty Collection of Craft Chocolate

By LAUREN ADLER, Chief Chocophile, Chocolopolis Sponsored content provided by Chocolopolis. You’re probably hearing a lot about craft chocolate these days. “Craft” chocolate refers to chocolate made in small batches using fine flavor cacao. While there were only a handful of craft chocolate makers in the US a decade ago, there are now hundreds, with more coming …

Business Insights from the Square Coffee Data Report and the Retail Sentiment Index (RSI)

By Heather Ward The independent coffee shop is an integral part of so many neighborhoods. It’s a space where communities come together. But with that independence comes the unique challenges of running a small business, while seeking to make coffee more sustainable from the farmer to the barista. In order to achieve both, information is …

September 2018 in National Coffee Competitions: A Recap of New Champions from Around the Globe

Here is our recap of the winners of national coffee competitions from around the world in collaboration with World Coffee Events (WCE) for the month of September 2018. 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 …

From Education To Calibration – Marie Pohler

Marie Pohler speaking at CoLab Bucharest 2018 High tasting aptitude is a necessary tool when working with coffee, often requiring a considerable investment of time, energy, and resources to build. Sensory science and tasting education are a part of amassing this vital knowledge. But once a high level is achieved (often during training and qualification), …