Now Accepting Submissions for Design Lab at Expo 2018

Design Lab 2018 Accepting Submissions

Design Lab was established at our 2016 Expo in Atlanta, focusing initially on coffee packaging, but grew in 2017 to include drinking vessels and spaces, both educational and retail. Learn more about Design Lab and apply on the Expo website here. Application deadline is February 16th. Hundreds of submissions were received last year, and carefully …

SCA Lectures Podcast #12: Coffee Botany 101

In this episode of the SCA Podcast from the 2017 Specialty Coffee Expo, SCA Coffee Science Manager Emma Sage talks about the scientific fundamentals all coffee professionals should understand about the coffee plant. Learn about how coffee genetics interact with environmental factors to influence yield and performance, the history of coffee breeding, the basics of …

Roasters Guild and Barista Guild to Visit Costa Rica in February

The Roasters Guild and Barista Guild of America have organized an Origin Trip to Costa Rica from February 18-25, 2018 – all members and interested coffee professionals are invited to register. Attendees will learn about different aspects of the coffee supply chain and get a look at some of the most cutting edge coffee production techniques in …

SCA Lectures Podcast #11: Chemical Physics and Coffee

Coffee undergoes a series of complex chemical physics from the moment it’s picked to the time it’s brewed and consumed. In this episode of the SCA Podcast from the 2017 Specialty Coffee Expo, Dr. Christopher Hendon discusses the chemical physics that impact the flavor, extraction, and consistency of brewed coffee. Dr. Hendon talks about improving …

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 …

Now Accepting Applications for the 2018 SCA Sustainability Award

As part of its mission, the SCA is actively involved in sustainability and looks to its members to take leadership roles in sustainable practices within the specialty coffee sector. With this in mind, the Sustainability Award was created in 2004 to promote, encourage and honor the efforts of those serving as role models through sustainable …

Recap: Avance, SCA’s First Sustainability Conference

By Lily Kubota On the morning of October 11, 2017, the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) welcomed over 150 coffee producers, buyers, traders, roasters, and other coffee industry professionals to Anacafé—the Guatemalan national coffee association headquartered in Guatemala City—for the first-ever SCA sustainability conference: Avance. The purpose of this two-day event was to engage sustainability leaders and passionate …

September 2017 in National Coffee Competitions: A Recap of New Champions from Around the Globe

Photo: Copyright JakeOPhoto2015  Here is our new monthly recap of the winners of national coffee competitions from around the world in collaboration with World Coffee Events (WCE). 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 championships and the athletes …

New Report on Farm Profitability Launched at Avance Guatemala

A new report by the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) reveals that increased yields on coffee farms tend to decrease their profitability in the short term, debunking the popular belief that high yields are a precursor to the economic sustainability of a farm. The report was launched at Avance, SCA’s new sustainability conference, hosted in Guatemala …