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SCA Podcast #16: The Building Blocks of a Cafe

This episode of the SCA Podcast features Ralf Rueller, speaking at CoLab: Belfast in November 2017 about the essential factors to consider when planning a new cafe. Since 2010, Ralf and his team at The Barn Coffee Roasters have been doing pioneering work in Berlin’s specialty coffee scene, exploring how to build an audience, lower barriers, …

2018 Best New Product Competition Entry Submissions Open – World of Coffee 2018 in Amsterdam, Netherlands

World of Coffee’s Best New Product Competition Amsterdam 2018 entry submission is now open! This competition recognizes new products judged on their quality and value to the specialty coffee and tea industry. Deadline for submissions is Wednesday 30 May 2018. At World of Coffee Budapest in 2017, there were over 40 entries with eleven companies taking home …

World of Coffee Amsterdam Lecture Proposal Submissions are open!

Each year, World of Coffee welcomes industry respected experts who inspire, educate and motivate nearly 7,000 coffee professionals to reach for their goals and expand their coffee knowledge. Lecture presenters are carefully vetted experts who are highly enthusiastic about their area of expertise and have a strong desire to share that knowledge for the betterment …

The Building Blocks of a Cafe – Ralf Rueller

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Ralf Rueller speaking at CoLab: Belfast in November 2017. The Barn have been doing pioneering work in Berlin since the early days and explored many ways of how to build an audience, lower barriers and make specialty coffee work in the city. This presentation highlights the essential factors to consider when planning a new cafe. …

SCA Podcast #15: Don’t Hire Your Customers

This episode of the SCA Podcast features Ben Szobody speaking at CoLab: Belfast in November 2017 about the business and social benefits of hiring beyond the usual suspects. Ben leads an examination of employee retention in the industry and looks at what it takes to develop well-rounded employees who stay inspired and engaged. Ben spent 15 …

Optimizing the Roast of Decaffeinated Coffee

By Aaron Braun. Sponsored content provided by Swiss Water Decaffeinated Coffee Company. In 2017, decaffeinated coffee consumption grew faster than that of non-decaffeinated coffee, especially in the restaurant and café segment. According to various research, the largest past-week consumers of decaffeinated coffee are actually young – 18-24 years old; a trend consistent in Canada and …

On the California Court Ruling That May Require Coffee to Carry a Cancer Warning Label

By PETER GIULIANO This case has been underway for many years, and it stems from a controversial use of the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1985. In short, the law requires warning labels that advise consumers about any chemical that may be cancer causing. In 2002, Swedish scientists discovered that a chemical …

April 2018 Webinar: Results of the Work of the Ad Hoc Committees on Deferred Candidacy and Events Site Criteria

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Over the past two months, a diverse and passionate group of specialty coffee professionals have been working collaboratively on the documentation of the deferred candidacy policy and the revision of events site criteria at the SCA. These volunteers, working with our staff leads and board co-chairs, have met regularly to explore solutions that will enable …

SCA Podcast #14: The Culture of Fermentation

This episode of the SCA Podcast features Kathe Kaczmarzyck speaking at CoLab: Belfast in November 2017. Fermenting food and drinks has a long history with a variety of methods rooted in different cultures across the globe. In her talk, Kathe regales stories of her explorations to discover how the culture of fermentation benefits our health …

2018 Barista Guild of America Executive Council Election Results Announced

The newly-elected Executive Council Members are Mark Hundley of Bolt Coffee Company (Incumbent), Adam Jacksonbey of The Potter’s House, Bailey Arnold of Gregorys Coffee, and Sam Schaefer of Stovetop Roasters! Each of these new directors will begin their term on the Executive Council at the Specialty Coffee Expo this month. Please be sure to say hello and congratulate them if you …