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In Memoriam: Erna Knutsen

Above: Erna Knutsen, accepting her second lifetime achievement award from the SCAA in 2014 (her speech begins at around the 9:10 mark).  It was with great sadness that we at the Specialty Coffee Association learned of the passing of Erna Knutsen. All around the world, Erna is known as the godmother of specialty coffee. She …

#20: Re:co Podcast – The State and Future of the Coffee Economy

Welcome to the very first Re:co podcast, a new series where we’ll be sharing talks and discussions from Re:co Symposium, SCA’s premier event dedicated to amplifying the voices of those who are driving specialty coffee forward. We’ll also be having special interviews with the speakers themselves, learning more about their perspectives and innovations. In this …

On the California Court Ruling That May Require Coffee to Carry a Cancer Warning Label

By PETER GIULIANO This case has been underway for many years, and it stems from a controversial use of the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1985. In short, the law requires warning labels that advise consumers about any chemical that may be cancer causing. In 2002, Swedish scientists discovered that a chemical …

European Extraction Preferences in Brewed Coffee

European Extraction Preferences in Brewed Coffee

By PETER GIULIANO In 1957, Professor E. E. Lockhart, Scientific Director of an organization called the Coffee Brewing Institute, wrote: “…the most acceptable cup of coffee would be prepared if the soluble solids ranged between 1.15 and 1.35 percent and the extraction between 18 and 22 percent.” — From the Soluble Solids in Beverage Coffee …