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Peru Steps Into the Limelight – 25 Magazine: Issue 2

Peru Cup of Excellence 25 Magazine Autumn 2017

Photo: Jonathan Meadows By DARRIN DANIEL and GEOFF WATTS for Issue 2 of 25 Magazine Cup of Excellence (COE) is an explosive catalyst for change that has unlocked the door to advancement for growers in every country it operates, forever altering the trajectory of both individual farmers and entire regions. With 117 competitions conducted and 2,975 …

Is Arabica Washed Out? – 25 Magazine: Issue 2

Cherries on a coffee tree - is arabica washed out tom copple 25 magazine issue 2

By THOMAS COPPLE for Issue 2 of 25 Magazine Washed Arabicas – the lifeblood of the specialty sector – are under pressure. While there are some great naturally processed coffees, and even some specialty Robustas, washed Arabicas are the industry’s most prized coffees. The trouble is they’re only grown in a handful of countries, and the …

Connecting Our Community – 25 Magazine: Issue 2

Cover of 25 Magazine Issue 2 by the Specialty Coffee Association

The importance of coffee smallholders and the diversity they bring to the specialty coffee supply chain can’t be underestimated. Their future is both threatened and uncertain despite unparalleled global coffee demand. The part smallholders play in the supply of washed Arabicas is brought sharply into focus in this issue of 25 as Thomas Copple looks …

What Chapters Mean to the Coffee Community

By Jackie Malone The Chapter structure of the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) plays a critical role in fastening the coffee community together. SCA Chapters connect people at a local level who have a shared passion that revolves around coffee—be they baristas, coffee shop owners, small or large businesses. The community is diverse and dynamic, and the Chapter committees work at engaging …

Recap: Avance, SCA’s First Sustainability Conference

By Lily Kubota On the morning of October 11, 2017, the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) welcomed over 150 coffee producers, buyers, traders, roasters, and other coffee industry professionals to Anacafé—the Guatemalan national coffee association headquartered in Guatemala City—for the first-ever SCA sustainability conference: Avance. The purpose of this two-day event was to engage sustainability leaders and passionate …

Martha Stoumen | From Grape to Glass: Exploring Natural Wine

Martha Stoumen provides insights into the past and present of the natural wine industry. This talk was presented live in July 2017 at Bloom San Francisco, a unique event hosted by the Barista Guild of America. Listen to the extended version of this talk by subscribing to to the #SCApodcast on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, Pocket Casts, or RadioPublic.

September 2017 in National Coffee Competitions: A Recap of New Champions from Around the Globe

Photo: Copyright JakeOPhoto2015  Here is our new monthly recap of the winners of national coffee competitions from around the world in collaboration with World Coffee Events (WCE). 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 the athletes …

Breville Precision Brewer Awarded SCA Home Brewer Certification

Breville’s first 60 oz drip coffee maker, the Precision Brewer™, has been awarded the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) Home Brewer Certification. Experience your favorite coffee at its best with precise temperature control and brewing time. With six unique brewing modes, automatic presets, and customizable settings, you can enjoy a perfectly balanced coffee exactly the way you …

New Report on Farm Profitability Launched at Avance Guatemala

A new report by the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) reveals that increased yields on coffee farms tend to decrease their profitability in the short term, debunking the popular belief that high yields are a precursor to the economic sustainability of a farm. The report was launched at Avance, SCA’s new sustainability conference, hosted in Guatemala …