Specialty Coffee Standards and Best-Practices

  Over the past year, the Technical Standards Committee of the Specialty Coffee Association of America—now the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA), after the recent unification with the Speciality Coffee Association of Europe—has been busy working on revisions to SCAA standards and creating new standards to protect the quality and integrity of specialty coffee. Recently, many new documents have been …

A World of Specialists: Coffee and Chemistry

By Christopher Hendon My interest in chemistry was sparked in 2007 when I received a copy of Luca Turin’s The Secret of Scent: Adventures in Perfume and the Science of Smell. Turin describes his pursuits of synthesizing novel, smelly molecules, and the challenge of elucidating how humans physically detect and perceive these compounds. Among other …

How to Re-Invent a Wheel: A Tale of Science and Industry

By Emma Sage, SCAA Coffee Science Manger With contributions by Molly Spencer, PhD Candidate, UC Davis Introduction The scientific story behind the new SCAA Coffee Taster’s Flavor Wheel is quite fascinating. This tale includes a star cast of characters, including World Coffee Research (WCR), Kansas State University (KSU), Texas A&M University (TX A&M), the University of …