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Voting Opens Today in the 2019 SCA Board of Directors Elections

By YANNIS APOSTOLOPOULOS The 2019 SCA Board of Directors elections will open Friday, November 1, and close on Saturday, November 30, 2019. SCA members will receive their ballot via email from vote@ukevote.uk, so please be sure to add the email address to your contacts. The slate of candidates on the ballot for the 2019 SCA Board of Directors election …

Together Is Better: Providing a More Equitable Return to Farming Communities

MIGUEL ZAMORA asks: How can the coffee industry provide a more equitable return? Through work with non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the specialty coffee sector has made tangible progress in some areas – but so much remains to be achieved when it comes to having sustainable livelihoods in coffee communities. Labor and human rights issues are far …

Brazil’s Conservationist History

Today, as the Amazon continues to burn, MICHAELA TOMCHEK explores Brazil’s conservationist history and how current legislation stands to benefit coffee farms and ecosystems as a whole. However, Brazil also has a reputation for deforestation, industrialized agriculture, and harmful practices putting its high biodiversity at risk. These common views align with the current news of …

US Coffee Market Grew to US$87-88 Billion in 2018 – New Report

By Heather Ward SCA’s US Coffee Market Overview 2018 offers a large-scale understanding of coffee retail sales. The report focuses on retail values of coffee in the US and explores where people buy and consume their coffee. This information is valuable for industry players as it offers insight into directions for future growth. The report is …

#75 | Consumer Desire Along Roast Degree: What Do Specialty Coffee Drinkers Actually Want From Us? | Erika Vonie, Expo Lectures 2019

This podcast is brought to you with the support of With over a decade of experience in specialty coffee, Erika Vonie believes that coffee is for everyone. Like many before her, she started as a barista, and worked her way through management, events coordination, quality control, education, green buying, and importing. Along with being the …

Ninja Specialty Coffee Maker by Ninja Kitchen Awarded SCA Home Brewer Certification

The Ninja Specialty Coffee Maker has been awarded the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) Certified Home Brewer mark. Certified Home Brewers are tested at the UC Davis Coffee Center’s laboratories to meet the SCA’s quality standards for brewing specialty coffee at home. The newly certified models of the Ninja Specialty Coffee Maker include the CM401 and CM407. Both models …

Learnings from Aguadas – 25 Magazine, Issue 10

ANDREA OTTE shares learnings from Aguadas, a program she introduced in Issue 10’s “Vision Check,” examining how it could provide a blueprint for farmworker inclusion in this 25 Magazine online exclusive. In places such as Colombia, where the regional style of production means that farmers oversee processing from cherry to dried parchment, the role of workers is …

SCA Co-hosts Webinar: Learnings from Next-Generation Landscape Approach

SCA co-hosts a webinar on landscape assessment Tuesday, October 22, at 11 am EDT. Register here. As coffee businesses (and coffee lovers), we are often inclined to see the world through coffee: farmers are coffee producers, farms are coffee farms, and communities are coffee communities, regardless of what other income streams support the farmer, what other crops …

SCA Announces First Event of the 2020 Sensory Program: Sensory Summit at UC Davis

By VICENTE PARTIDA Sensory Summit, a two-day conference designed to educate, inform, and inspire the specialty coffee sensory professional, will return to the purpose-built Sensory Theatre inside the Robert Mondavi Institute at the University of California Davis January 30 – February 1, 2020. The 2020 event marks both the conference’s third instance at UC Davis …

Simonelli Group Partners with Coffee Science Foundation (CSF) for New Espresso Research

The SCA Coffee Science Foundation (CSF), launched by the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) in April 2019, has announced that Italian coffee machine manufacturer Simonelli Group will become the first major partner of the organization, beginning a new four-year research project. The Simonelli Group’s donation to the CSF is the single largest contribution to date since …