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Field Notes from Pu’er, China: Coffee Production in the Land of Tea

By Emma Sage, Coffee Science Manager, Specialty Coffee Association of America This spring, I had the opportunity to visit China’s Yunnan Province to tour the region’s coffee farms. Yunnan Province is located in South-Central China and borders Vietnam, Burma, and Laos. It is a tropical region famous for its indigenous populations, green mountains, and (remaining) …

SCAA Announces Digital Opportunities to Complete Knowledge Tests for Certificate Programs

As of June 1, 2013, the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) will be conducting all knowledge tests for their Certificate programs in a secure online format. This exciting new digital system will allow for easier participant access to tests as well as faster turnaround times for reporting of results and awarding of credits and …

SCAA Professional Development Programs Bring World Class Education to the Coffee Marketplace

By Lily Kubota, Content & Communications Manager, SCAA The Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) is a membership organization that, for the past quarter of a century, has provided its members with resources, education, training, networking opportunities, and business services that allow coffee professionals to do what they do to the best of their ability. …

Careers in Coffee: Logging Time

By Thomas Hodges, Director of Coffee, Lamill Coffee I will begin and conclude this brief article with my own coffee-roasting axiom: “There is no substitute for time behind the iron.” In fact, Malcolm Gladwell’s recent book Outlier even talks about the “ten thousand-hour rule”, stating that it takes ten thousand hours of dedicated practice to achieve mastery of …