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In Memoriam: Skip Finley

By Ric Rhinehart For the staff of the SCA the world contains a little bit less light today, because today Skip Finley has physically left us. As we mourn Skip throughout the coffee world, we also have a chance to remember his spirit, which remains very much with us.  In an organization that was founded …

Introducing Avance, SCA’s New Sustainability Conference

This fall, sustainability leaders and passionate advocates from across the coffee value chain will gather in Guatemala City to participate in Avance, the first sustainability conference hosted by the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA). This inaugural event will be held on October 11-12, 2017, at the headquarters of Anacafé, Guatemala’s national coffee association. The two-day event …

SCA Lectures Podcast #1: Women’s Coffee, Part II

The disparities between male and female coffee smallholder farmers have been amply illustrated by research and reports. This is part 2/2 of a talk presented live at the 2017 Global Specialty Coffee Expo, the largest annual gathering of specialty coffee professionals, where panelists discussed the impact of women’s coffee and other market initiatives for women …

SCA Introduces Specialty Coffee Roaster/Retailer Financial Benchmarking Study

By Heather Ward The market research focus at Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) is to examine the landscape of specialty coffee businesses and provide insight to our members and the coffee community. The idea is to deliver information that supports business decisions, leading to improved business performance. One way to deliver insights is through the specialty …

SCA Certified Home Brewers

SCA’s Certified Home Brewer program has long been the recognized mark of excellence when it comes to home brewing machines. The program recognizes brewers that meet SCA’s longstanding rigorous technical requirements which are based on decades of industry knowledge and research by the Coffee Brewing Center. All SCA Certified Brewers have met these requirements, which …