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SCAA Brings International Group to the Birthplace of Coffea Arabica

By Cait McGehee, SCAA There are few things more enchanting for coffee professionals than traveling to origin. The breathtaking landscapes are enough to make our hearts skip a beat, not to mention the value of witnessing the various stages of coffee production firsthand and meeting the people who make it happen. Imagine experiencing all of …

SCAA Board of Directors Approves Slate of Candidates for 2016 Elections

The Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) is pleased to announce that the Board of Directors has approved a slate of candidates, as recommended by the Nominating Committee, for the 2016 Board of Directors Elections. The board has nominated Tracy Ging of Volcafe Specialty and Tea for 2nd Vice President. For the five open director positions, …

Consultant Opportunity: Sustainability Research on Farmworkers

The Sustainability Council of the SCAA is searching for a consultant to conduct research on coffee farm workers and identify successful cases of labor management on coffee farms. Through interviews and workshops to take place in Colombia and Central America in the coming four months, this person will support the Council in learning more about …

Bread, Wine, Chocolate: The Slow Loss of Foods We Love | An Excerpt

By Simran Sethi Specialty coffee, like craft chocolate, is a category that continues to evolve. The term “specialty coffee” was coined by Erna Knutsen during a 1974 interview in the Tea & Coffee Trade Journal. Erna, considered one of coffee’s living legends, used it to describe unique coffees from Ethiopia, Yemen and Indonesia that had …

Highlights of NCA’s Coffee Summit from SCAA Director of Sustainability

The National Coffee Association (NCA) Coffee Summit, held at the end of last month in Austin, Texas, was dedicated to sustainability discussions and digging deeper into key issues for the coffee industry. Participants split their time among activities that included self-directed group discussions, learning exchanges, directed interactive forums, traditional presentations, and more. Session topics included Sustainability Beyond Origin, Single-Serve and its Journey to a …

Vital Signs: Indicators of a Healthy Market

In the latest video release from Re:co Symposium, Heather Ward, SCAA’s Research Analyst, and Ben Pitts, Vice President of Food Service & Hospitality for Royal Cup Coffee, give a relatively consumer-focused look at the specialty coffee industry, assuring us that the vital signs of the coffee market look positive. People like–and are willing to pay for–specialty coffee, …

How Can We Make Coffee Better: Letter From the Editor

The specialty coffee supply chain is intricate and complex, consisting of many different and connected parts. Along this chain, coffee is vulnerable to threats that impact not only quality, but also its very existence. Every day, coffee fights for survival, confronted with erratic weather patterns, disease and pests, drought, as well as labor shortages and …