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A Look Back At The 2017 World Coffee Roasting Championship in Guangzhou

By CONNOR CLARKE It’s been a whirlwind three months for Italy’s Rubens Gardelli since he was crowned the 2017 World Coffee Roasting Champion at Hotelex Guangzhou, China last December. At the WCE (World Coffee Events) All-Stars event in Shanghai, China last month Rubens’ win felt poignant, with audiences eager to pick up some knowledge from …

IWCA Celebrates 15 Years

By MARIA HILL Every year the international coffee community comes together at the Specialty Coffee Expo. This event brings together professionals from every step of the coffee supply chain to discuss, learn, and make new contacts. 2018 marks a significant milestone for IWCA as we celebrate the organization’s 15th anniversary. As a global network, IWCA …

30 Years of Expo

By DONALD SCHOENHOLT This year marks the 30th specialty coffee conference put on by the association. For perspective on the earliest gatherings, we turned to Donald Schoenholt, who was the first president of the Specialty Coffee Association of America, and instrumental in the early growth of the specialty association and industry. He runs Gillies Coffee …

Re:co Fellow Spotlight: Implementing Drone Technology in Coffee Farming

By LYELA MUTSIYA As a coffee farmers daughter I understand the challenges my father faces and it is important for me to do something about it. In 2017 I established Kenspeco (short for Kenya Specialty Coffee) a coffee exporting and farm management company. I opened this company with one goal in mind, to eradicate poverty …

2018 SCA Sustainability Award Winners Announced at Re:co Symposium

The 2018 SCA Sustainability Award winners, Manos al Agua and Twin UK, were recognized on the Re:co Symposium stage this Thursday, April 19th. The awards, created in 2004, recognize outstanding work in the field of sustainability in the coffee industry. Manos al Agua, a program of the National Federation of Coffee Growers of Colombia (FNC), …

The History of Proposition 65, Law That May Require Coffee to Carry a Cancer Warning Label

By RIC RHINEHART In the face of an ongoing stream of rigorous studies demonstrating the healthy aspects of coffee consumption, the recent decision by IARC to reclassify coffee as not carcinogenic, and the promising work suggesting that coffee has anti-carcinogenic properties, this news has been hard to understand. When the news of the court ruling …

Join The Unified Coffee Roasters Guild For Their First Meeting & Mixer At Expo

By JOE MARROCCO The Roasters Guild and the Roaster Guild of Europe are now the Coffee Roasters Guild (CRG). After months of work and meetings behind the scenes, the RG and RGE leadership groups are ready and excited to bring together the members of both guilds into one collaborative community of professional roasters. As one …

Meet Access, the New Barista Guild Event

By MARK HUNDLEY Through education and certifications, the Barista Guild of America (BGA) has been committed to helping baristas find their places within the coffee industry. We’ve focused on Barista Camps and have strived to continually keep offering the SCA certification program at its highest level while finding new elements to add to each camp …

Looking Forward To 2018 Guild Events

Contributors: MARK HUNDLEY (BGA Events Chair, Bolt Coffee Company), FILIP AKERBLOM (CRG Events Chair, Lilla Kafferosteriet), REBECCA McNELLY (CTG Education Chair, Heartland Tech) & STUART RITSON (BGE Events Chair, Cafe Imports) 2018 Guild Events CoLab: Bucharest – 29-31 May | Bucharest, Romania CRG Retreat – August 23-26 | Stevenson, Washington, USA EU Barista Camp – September 3-6 | Evora, Portugal Access …