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Coffee Talk: Ethiopia

By Danny Pinnell, SCAA Each year, the Specialty Coffee Association of America’s Annual Exposition, The Event, highlights a Portrait Country. This tradition began because our community decided to pay attention to a specific coffee origin every year, giving us the chance to learn more about different coffee origins. Every year brings a different origin, a different country …

Ask Emma: What is hydrolysis?

Hi Emma, I keep hearing about this “hydrolysis” thing that happens during brewing, what is it? Can you explain the science behind hydrolysis? How is it different than extraction? Thanks, Brewed and confused in Baltimore *** Dear brewed and confused, I feel your pain! Brewing is one of the most complex yet under-researched topics in …

Case Study: Cultivating Quality in Honduras through Relationship Coffee

By Jimmy Sherfey, Abeja In San Jose de Colinas, located in the Cup of Excellence favorite region of Santa Barbara, Honduras, Arnold Paz shows us the proper level of ripeness, demonstrating the home remedy for harvesting more profitable cherry. “If you’re not sure, squeeze it,” he says, suspending a freshly picked cherry several inches above …

Roasters Guild and Barista Guild of America Combine Forces for Origin Trip to Costa Rica

By José René Martínez, J. René Coffee Roasters Having the benefit of an early arrival into San José, I wasted no time in touring one of Central America’s most vibrant cities. With camera in-hand, I walked the streets of San José, the nation’s largest city and the epicenter of social and economic activity. Within minutes, …

AFCA Conference Brings Together Coffee Professionals from Around the World

The African Fine Coffee Association’s (AFCA) annual conference was recently held in Kenya and SCAA’s Executive Director, Ric Rhinehart, was in attendance. The AFCA is a descendant of the East African Coffee Association (EAFCA), and was born out of a United States Agency for International Development (USAID) project to help develop specialty coffee as a …

Non-Dairy Products Designed for Professional Baristas: Pacific Barista Series™

Milk is quickly becoming a hot topic in the specialty coffee community. At SCAA’s last Symposium, milk was in the spotlight as part of a general focus on consumer experience. Between lattes, cappuccinos, and cortados, what barista doesn’t spend a big part of his or her day using milk to craft quality beverages for their …

SCAA Announces Recipients of 2015 Recognition Awards and Sustainability Award

Honoring those who contribute their expertise to the coffee industry, the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) has announced the recipients of its 2015 Recognition Awards and Sustainability Award. Each year, SCAA honors outstanding achievements in the specialty coffee industry and unique contributions to the association. These leaders have made contributions to the industry, resulting …