Announcing New DC Policy and Events Site Criteria Committees and Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

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A message from PAUL STACK, President of the SCA Board of Directors. For the past few weeks, members of the SCA Board of Directors and staff have attended community-organized town halls to listen to you, our members, and answer questions on the objectives and the process that led to the creation of the Deferred Candidacy …

Rubens Gardelli of Italy Crowned 2017 World Coffee Roasting Champion

By Alex Bernson The final competition of the 2017 World Coffee Championships cycle has just completed, with Rubens Gardelli being crowned the 2017 World Coffee Roasting Champion, after three intense days of competition at the Hotelex show in Guanzhou, China. Gardelli is no stranger to coffee competition, with many wins at the Italian Roasting Championship, …

National Coffee Competitions: A Recap of New Champions from Around the Globe

Here is our recap of the winners of national coffee competitions from around the world in collaboration with World Coffee Events (WCE) for the months of October and November 2017. These dedicated coffee competitors have earned the right to represent their country in coffee competitions at the international level. For more information on upcoming world …

U.K. Takes First Place at the 2017 World Barista Championship

By ALEX BERNSON The World Barista Championship in Seoul was an incredible showcase of international coffee talent, with close to sixty competitors taking to the stage in early November for an exciting four-day display of innovation and technical mastery at Cafe Show Seoul. Dale Harris, representing the United Kingdom, took first place with a routine …

SCA Board Members and Staff to Attend Town Halls on Deferred Candidacy Policy, In Person and Online

Since the November 9 announcement of our Deferred Candidacy policy, the SCA Board of Directors have heard a variety of reactions from our members and other stakeholders. Many have been critical. We have listened to and read your comments, and we recognize that we did not communicate our intention clearly and were not as thoughtful …

Coffee Roasters Guild – Road to a Unified Guild | Member Webinar #2

The leadership of the current Roaster Guild of Europe Working Group and Roasters Guild Executive Council invite guild members and those interested in learning more about the guild to join our second informational webinar focusing on the process toward a unified guild for coffee roasters – the Coffee Roasters Guild (CRG). The webinar was held …

Connecting Our Community – 25 Magazine: Issue 2

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The importance of coffee smallholders and the diversity they bring to the specialty coffee supply chain can’t be underestimated. Their future is both threatened and uncertain despite unparalleled global coffee demand. The part smallholders play in the supply of washed Arabicas is brought sharply into focus in this issue of 25 as Thomas Copple looks …

What Chapters Mean to the Coffee Community

By Jackie Malone The Chapter structure of the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) plays a critical role in fastening the coffee community together. SCA Chapters connect people at a local level who have a shared passion that revolves around coffee—be they baristas, coffee shop owners, small or large businesses. The community is diverse and dynamic, and the Chapter committees work at engaging …