Presenting Slate of Candidates for the 2018–2020 CRG Advisory Council

The election process for the 2018-2020 CRG Advisory Council Elections is officially underway. After several weeks of consideration, a representative group of CRG members has put forward a slate for the three available seats on the council. We would like to extend our thanks to the Nominating Committee – Ellie Hudson, Joe Marrocco, Lisa Lawson, Joanna Alm, [...]

Coffee Farm Misconceptions and Actual Diversity – Lisanne Oonk & Ivania Calderón

Lisanne Oonk & Ivania Calderón speaking at CoLab Bucharest 2018. What comes to mind when you hear the words “coffee farmer?” Lisanne, a cultural anthropologist working in coffee sales at Primavera Imports, investigates this question through the lens of coffee equality and social justice. Ivania, a third generation coffee producer from Nicaragua, joins Lisanne in the …

The Challenges of Being A Biological Coffee Farmer – Tim Wendelboe

Tim Wendelboe speaking at CoLab Bucharest 2018 Biological farming presents a number of unique challenges. Tim walks us through the lessons he’s learned from starting his own coffee farm, Finca el Suelo. He shares how he’s adjusted his techniques as he learns more about the land and about coffee farming (Hint: it involves compost and …

From Education To Calibration – Marie Pohler

Marie Pohler speaking at CoLab Bucharest 2018 High tasting aptitude is a necessary tool when working with coffee, often requiring a considerable investment of time, energy, and resources to build. Sensory science and tasting education are a part of amassing this vital knowledge. But once a high level is achieved (often during training and qualification), …

Exploring The Process Of Coffee Extraction – Chahan Yeretzian – Part 1

Chahan Yeretzian speaking at Barista Camp Poznan 2017 – Part 1 Chahan is a professor of Analytical Chemistry, Bioanalytical Chemistry and Diagnostics at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) in Switzerland. He is head of the Coffee Excellence Center and of the section for Analytical Technologies at the ZHAWand has published around 90 papers …

SCA Podcast #19: The Science of Coffee Freshness

This week on the SCA Podcast, we feature a talk by Samo Smrke, Research Scientist at the Coffee Excellence Center of the Zurich University of Applied Sciences. Samo covers research he conducted in collaboration with the SCA on the effects of carbon dioxide degassing on coffee freshness and espresso extraction. Research by Samo and his …

Coffee Degassing: Impact on Freshness and Extraction – Samo Smrke

Samo Smrke, Research Scientist at the Coffee Excellence Center of the Zurich University of Applied Sciences, speaking at Roaster Camp Poznan in October 2017 about research he conducted in collaboration with the SCA on the effects of carbon dioxide degassing on coffee freshness and espresso extraction. Research by Samo and his colleagues at the Coffee …

How The Flavour Of The Wilds Builds Culture And Community – The Foragers.

The Foragers speaking at CoLab Berlin 2017. Foraged ingredients have become a key element of many leading restaurant and bar menus. In a time where sustainability, local and traceable are considered across the industries, foraging feels like the perfect anitidote to our tech driven existence. Drawing similarities between the idea of the cafe as a …

SCA Podcast #18: Should Coffee Be Treated Like Wine?

This week on the SCA Podcast, Felipe Croce of Fazenda Ambiental Fortaleza, a coffee farm in the state of São Paulo in Brazil, talks about coffee fermentation and asks, “Should coffee be treated like wine?” Watch the video recording of this talk on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/udQNeGtdW_Y. This week’s episode was recorded at the Roaster Guild of Europe’s …

Exploring Fermentation: Should Coffee Be Treated Like Wine? – Felipe Croce

Felipe Croce of Fazenda Ambiental Fortaleza, a coffee farm in the state of São Paulo in Brazil, speaking at Roaster Camp Poznan 2017 on coffee fermentation. This talk was recorded at the Roaster Guild of Europe’s Roaster Camp, which took place in October of last year in the city of Poznan in Poland. Since then, …