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Joanna Alm – Espresso: Letting the Origin Speak from the Cup

Joanna Alm Colab Prague 2015

It’s with great excitement that we’re ready to share Joanna Alm’s talk from CoLab: Prague. Joanna is the co-owner, head-roaster and green buyer for Drop Coffee in Stockholm. In addition, Joanna’s been very active on the competition front: she’s placed 3rd (2014) and 2nd (2015) at the World Coffee Roasting Championship, after having won the Swedish Roasting Championship …

SCAA Announces Call for Recommendations to the Nominating Committee

On August 20, 2015, SCAA members received the following email announcing the call for recommendations to the nominating committee for the 2016 SCAA Board of Directors elections. Shawn Hamilton, immediate past president of the SCAA and current chair of the nominating committee, provided the election timeline and encouraged all members to participate by recommending individuals that …

The Future of Coffee Farming: Letter from the Editor

So often in our niche specialty coffee circles, we talk about the experience of coffee. We wonder whether we are providing our customers with the best, most authentic specialty coffee experience. We muse on the benefits or drawbacks of certain cafe layouts, and how each will improve or detract from the consumer’s experience, or how these …

Voices From Origin: A Producer-Driven Approach

By Mayra Orellana-Powell, Catracha Coffee Company At the recent SCAA Symposium, I was honored with the opportunity to speak about small coffee producers from my hometown in Santa Elena, Honduras. Using the experiences of my cousin Rosibel and her husband Toño, I talked about how importers, roasters, and consumers working together with small producers can impact the …