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SCAA Offers Job Opportunities in Sustainability and Communications

The Specialty Coffee Association of America staff is a small but mighty force of workers who support a diverse and vibrant community of coffee professionals. SCAA membership is growing, event and education offerings are multiplying, and the need for an organization committed to supporting the growth of the specialty coffee industry has become sharply evident …

Global Coffee Treasure Goes Under the Hammer | Portfolio | Issue No. 5 (2014)

One of worlds the largest and most significant Coffee and Tea making collections is about to go under a private online auction hammer for the first time in its existence. The Bersten Collection and Museum is the result of a life long treasure hunt by one man; collector, coffee roaster, author, inventor, entrepreneur and coffee …

Marcus Boni Returns as Opening Ceremonies Host for SCAA’s 2015 Event

SCAA has announced today that Marcus Boni (follow on twitter), Brand Director with Espresso Supply in Seattle WA and well known performer and MC, has been confirmed as the 2015 SCAA Event Opening Ceremonies Host. Boni hosted the Opening Ceremonies once before — in 2014 (watch video). Next year’s Opening Ceremonies are scheduled for Thursday, April 9th …

The Love is in the Lid: FoamAroma® and the To-Go Experience

Sponsored content provided by FoamAroma LLC One of the lesser-discussed, yet vitally important, areas of the science of providing coffee doesn’t have anything to do with sequencing the genome, the chemistry of chlorogenic acids, or even the thermodynamics of brewing. Where the rubber really hits the road in terms of determining success in the industry …

Coffee Scientists Unite: SCAA Science Manager Reports from ASIC

by Emma Sage, SCAA Coffee Science Manager (Warning: this is a blog post. Get ready for some super-casual coffee science conversation.) In early September, hundreds of coffee scientists gathered in the remote city of Armenia, Colombia to attend the 25th ASIC (Association for Science and Information on Coffee) international conference on coffee and science. The …

Vertical Integration in the Coffee Supply Chain: Pachamama Coffee Cooperative

By Maria Hill In recent years, the specialty coffee industry has actively focused on the producer. There are two major issues the industry faces when it comes to empowering the farmer: coffee prices are determined by the commodities market and the farmer is far removed from the consumer. In response to these obstacles, several new …

Seeking Baristas: A Call to Action for the Coffee Service Professional

by Colin Whitcomb, Madcap Coffee Recently, much has been said and written about the evolution of specialty coffee’s retail side. Oftentimes the cry to disrupt current models has centered on an argument that diversity in an increasingly competitive retail environment is the key to discovering new modes that will carry us forward. These arguments in favor …

Collaboration in Competition: An Interview with U.S. Barista Champion Laila Ghambari and her Team

The road coffee takes from seed to cup is most often conceptualized as a chain. The beans, or later their extracted essence, are handed off from farmer, to green buyer (and/or importer and exporter), to roaster, to retailer, to barista, to consumer. Each link typically only interacts directly with the ones before and after, and …