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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 …

SCAA Board of Directors Election Candidate Profiles Released

Candidate profiles for the 2015 Board of Directors election are now available! Electronic ballots will be sent on Monday, February 16, 2015 to eligible voting members. To learn more about the nomination and election process, you are encouraged to review the SCAA bylaws here. Candidate Profiles Heather Perry, Klatch Coffee Heather is the Director of Training and Consulting …

Coffee Talk: Spaces

By Danny Pinnell, SCAA This week, our coffee talk focused on the space where coffee is consumed, the context in which we enjoy this beverage. Peter Giuliano led the talk, setting the scene in Ethiopia, the birthplace of the coffee industry. According to him, “All coffee conversations should start in Ethiopia because that’s where coffee started.” Coffee is native …