CoLab: Belfast 2017 – Panel Discussion

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A special panel discussion on the Belfast coffee scene presented at CoLab: Belfast in November 2017, the final video in the series we have released from this event. To find the first three talks from CoLab: Belfast, click here. Join the Barista Guild of Europe at CoLab: Bucharest this 29-31 May, 2018! Learn more and …

SCA Podcast #16: The Building Blocks of a Cafe

This episode of the SCA Podcast features Ralf Rueller, speaking at CoLab: Belfast in November 2017 about the essential factors to consider when planning a new cafe. Since 2010, Ralf and his team at The Barn Coffee Roasters have been doing pioneering work in Berlin’s specialty coffee scene, exploring how to build an audience, lower barriers, …

The Building Blocks of a Cafe – Ralf Rueller

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Ralf Rueller speaking at CoLab: Belfast in November 2017. The Barn have been doing pioneering work in Berlin since the early days and explored many ways of how to build an audience, lower barriers and make specialty coffee work in the city. This presentation highlights the essential factors to consider when planning a new cafe. …

SCA Podcast #15: Don’t Hire Your Customers

This episode of the SCA Podcast features Ben Szobody speaking at CoLab: Belfast in November 2017 about the business and social benefits of hiring beyond the usual suspects. Ben leads an examination of employee retention in the industry and looks at what it takes to develop well-rounded employees who stay inspired and engaged. Ben spent 15 …

SCA Podcast #14: The Culture of Fermentation

This episode of the SCA Podcast features Kathe Kaczmarzyck speaking at CoLab: Belfast in November 2017. Fermenting food and drinks has a long history with a variety of methods rooted in different cultures across the globe. In her talk, Kathe regales stories of her explorations to discover how the culture of fermentation benefits our health …

2018 Barista Guild of America Executive Council Election Results Announced

The newly-elected Executive Council Members are Mark Hundley of Bolt Coffee Company (Incumbent), Adam Jacksonbey of The Potter’s House, Bailey Arnold of Gregorys Coffee, and Sam Schaefer of Stovetop Roasters! Each of these new directors will begin their term on the Executive Council at the Specialty Coffee Expo this month. Please be sure to say hello and congratulate them if you …

The Culture of Fermentation – Kathe Kaczmarzyk

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Kathe Kaczmarzyk speaking at CoLab: Belfast in November 2017. Fermenting food and drinks has a long history with a variety of methods rooted in different cultures across the globe. In this talk, Kathe regales stories of her explorations to discover how the culture of fermentation benefits our health and wellbeing. Kathe is an avid fermentor …

Addressing Water Quality Issues: Common Vocabulary

By SCOTT MANLEY of La Marzocco for the Coffee Technicians Guild (CTG) blog. The CTG is an official trade guild of the SCA dedicated to supporting the coffee industry through the development of professional technicians. Learn more about the CTG here. I took chemistry in high school and I have a certificate in Horticulture from a community …

Don’t Hire Your Customers – Ben Szobody

Ben Szobody speaking at CoLab: Belfast in November 2017 about the business and social benefits of hiring beyond the usual suspects. Ben leads an examination of employee retention in the industry and looks at what it takes to develop well-rounded employees who stay inspired and engaged. Ben spent 15 years in political and business journalism …

Reflections from the Coffee Technicians Guild Summit

By MARCO SERRI The Coffee Technicians Guild Summit has just ended in Susegana, Italy – the first European event dedicated to technicians who daily support the coffee industry. This was an opportunity to share knowledge and experiences among industry experts. Hosted by Astoria, we had the pleasure of spending two wonderful days with technicians coming …