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#80 | The Future of Coffee: Building Long-Distance Relationships in Emerging Origins | Expo Lectures 2019

This podcast is brought to you with the support of World Coffee Research predicts that within the next 30 years, the demand for coffee will double while viable land in current coffee growing countries will diminish by half. How can we combat this?  Through an engaging panel discussion, learn about the future of coffee production …

Braun’s MultiServe Coffee Maker Awarded SCA Home Brewer Certification

The Braun MultiServe Coffee Maker has been awarded the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) Certified Home Brewer mark. Certified Home Brewers are tested at the UC Davis Coffee Center’s laboratories to meet the SCA’s quality standards for brewing specialty coffee at home. The newly certified models of the Braun MultiServe Coffee Maker include the KF9050BK, KF9070SI, KF9150WH, …

SCA National Chapter Spotlight: Germany

The SCA is a global community comprised of local communities who all share the belief that coffee is more than a commodity. We come together to develop and exchange knowledge, expand our network, share our experiences, and to simply make coffee better. Once a community of like-minded individuals has come together in a location, there’s …

#79 | Genetic Improvements of Cup Quality: Latest Developments | Hanna Neuschwander, Expo Lectures 2019

This podcast is brought to you with support from World Coffee Research is working to improve the genetic potential of coffee cup quality. To start this task, you first need to define the meaning of “quality.” WCR believes it is a market-driven definition and organized new protocols to assess quality from the perspective of the …

SCA Sustainability Webinar | Guilds and the Price Crisis: What’s Our Role?

Updated November 22: Thanks to all who joined us on November 22 for this webinar, part of our series on the coffee price crisis. On Friday, November 22, 2019, the Specialty Coffee Association hosted an SCA Sustainability webinar on the coffee price crisis and the role of baristas, roasters, and technicians from the perspective of …

Nominations Now Open for 2020 Sustainability Award

Nominations are now open for the 2020 SCA Sustainability Awards. The deadline to submit an application is December 20, 2019. The Sustainability Award was created in 2004 to promote, encourage and honor the efforts of those serving as role models through sustainable projects in the coffee sector. There are three categories for this award, which will be presented in …

#77 | Attracting and Retaining Farmworkers: Innovations in Colombia | Expo Lectures 2019

This podcast is brought to you with support from Skilled farmworkers are necessary to harvest specialty coffees in most parts of the world, but they are too often undervalued and invisible to the industry. A collaborative and innovative project in Colombia is attracting a dwindling labor force to actively participate in coffee production. Its main …

Voting Opens Today in the 2019 SCA Board of Directors Elections

By YANNIS APOSTOLOPOULOS The 2019 SCA Board of Directors elections will open Friday, November 1, and close on Saturday, November 30, 2019. SCA members will receive their ballot via email from vote@ukevote.uk, so please be sure to add the email address to your contacts. The slate of candidates on the ballot for the 2019 SCA Board of Directors election …

Together Is Better: Providing a More Equitable Return to Farming Communities

MIGUEL ZAMORA asks: How can the coffee industry provide a more equitable return? Through work with non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the specialty coffee sector has made tangible progress in some areas – but so much remains to be achieved when it comes to having sustainable livelihoods in coffee communities. Labor and human rights issues are far …

Brazil’s Conservationist History

Today, as the Amazon continues to burn, MICHAELA TOMCHEK explores Brazil’s conservationist history and how current legislation stands to benefit coffee farms and ecosystems as a whole. However, Brazil also has a reputation for deforestation, industrialized agriculture, and harmful practices putting its high biodiversity at risk. These common views align with the current news of …