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#49: Beyond Heirlooms & Hybrids: Breaking Down the Coffees of Ethiopia & East Africa | Expo Lectures 2018

World Coffee Research (WCR) and Counter Culture have both independently been working on better more up-to-date reference guides on the coffee varieties and research that has been done, and currently being done, in Ethiopia and East Africa. Counter Culture will present on their newly published material, that for the first time consolidates over 50 in-depth …

#48: Managing Conflict and Emotional Labor | Dr. E. Michele Ramsey | Bloom Providence 2018

At Bloom Providence, Dr. E. Michelle Ramsey gave a talk about managing conflict and emotional labor in the coffee workplace. Discussion focused on misconceptions about conflict, the role of power in conflicts and how we can better balance power between people, the impact of emotional labor on coffee professionals, and ways to manage oneself and …

Now Accepting Applications for the 2019-2021 LEAD Scholarship Program

Announced at Re:co Symposium in Boston today, the SCA is now accepting applications for the 2019-2021 cohort of the Leadership Equity and Diversity (LEAD) Scholarship Program. LEAD is aimed at increasing diversity of leadership within the global coffee community by enabling access to professional development resources to people from underrepresented or marginalized communities. The program is …

#46: The Potential of Controlled Fermentation Through Yeast Inoculation | Panel Discussion | Expo Lectures 2018

Join us today for an exciting panel made up of microbiologists working to develop strains of yeast specifically designed for coffee fermentation and leading coffee producers. In this discussion, they deep-dive into the ongoing research in coffee processing using selected cultures and the analog between scaling microbiological technology in the traditional worlds of wine and …

#45: Education in Specialty Coffee: Engaging or Alienating? | Jennifer Haare & Amy Moore | 2018 Expo Lectures

Today’s episode seeks to explore our industry’s emphasis on educating customers, and the value of education for employees: While it has potential to be alienating, education will always add to an individual’s experience of a product in specialty coffee. Lecturers Amy Moore and Jennifer Haare explore the roots of education in specialty coffee, what we …

#44: Creating Sustainable Careers in Specialty Coffee | Charles Jack | SCA 2018 Lectures

As a barista or production roaster, it’s hard to make a living in the specialty coffee industry. Some of our industry’s brightest, most passionate, and creative individuals ultimately leave coffee for other higher paying industries even though their true passion lies in coffee. This is a shame as these people are the representatives of our …

Announcing the 2019 SCA Sustainability Award Winners

Each year the SCA recognizes three categories with Sustainability Awards. We’re thrilled to announce this year’s winners, who will receive their awards at Re:co Symposium the 10-11 April 2019. The awards for Project and Business Model, created in 2004, recognize outstanding work in the field of sustainability in the coffee industry. This year there is …

#43: Mentorship in Specialty Coffee: Students Become the Teachers | Panel Discussion | SCA Lectures 2018

One of the “special” things about specialty coffee is the connections that coffee people make with one another—beyond simply making deals, beyond simply hiring and firing, we are an industry of people who are drawn to share, learn, and grow with one another. Mentorship is one of the most powerful professional tools in that regard, …

A Time of Transition – 25 Magazine, Issue 8

The turning of the year brought exciting changes to SCA leadership. Our board – now more reflective of our global community – recently directed SCA staff to allocate substantial resources to understanding and addressing the coffee price crisis. We look forward to working with Executive Director Emeritus Ric Rhinehart on the SCA’s Coffee Price Crisis …

Growing Specialty Coffee in Times of Conflict: Case Studies in East Africa – 25 Magazine, Issue 8

Dr. JOSEPH KING explores the role of specialty coffee across two case studies of conflict and development efforts in Rwanda and Eastern Congo. All photos by Dr. King. The peoples of the Great Lakes region are as diverse as its ecosystems, geographically marked by volcanoes, rainforests, savannas, and lakes. Numerous tribal groups, national boundaries, and …