Inaugural Leadership Equity and Diversity (LEAD) Scholars Announced

By RIC RHINEHART On behalf of the Specialty Coffee Association, it is my pleasure to introduce the new Leadership Equity and Diversity (LEAD) Scholarship Program. First announced at the Re:co Symposium in April 2018, LEAD is aimed at increasing diversity of leadership within the global coffee community by enabling access to professional development resources to people from …

Presenting Slate of Candidates for the 2019–2020 SCA Board of Directors Elections

Update: Thanks to all who joined us on September 17 to meet the slate during a special webinar. If you missed the webinar, watch the recording above. By JAMES HUMPOLETZ Translations available: Chinese, French, German, Italian, Korean, Russian, Spanish.  As announced in June, the elections process for the 2019–2020 SCA Board of Directors is the first …

Call for Nominations for the 2019-2020 SCA Board of Directors

By JAMES HUMPOLETZ Translations available: Chinese, French, German, Italian, Korean, Russian, Spanish. About the SCA Board of Directors The SCA Board of Directors currently has 18 volunteer members that are serving either a 2 year or 3 year term, and are supported by two non-voting Executive Board Members, the CEO and Deputy CEO. The members elected to serve on the 2019-2020 SCA …

The History of Proposition 65, Law That May Require Coffee to Carry a Cancer Warning Label

By RIC RHINEHART In the face of an ongoing stream of rigorous studies demonstrating the healthy aspects of coffee consumption, the recent decision by IARC to reclassify coffee as not carcinogenic, and the promising work suggesting that coffee has anti-carcinogenic properties, this news has been hard to understand. When the news of the court ruling …

Introducing the New Leadership Equity and Diversity (LEAD) Scholarship Program

*Update on May 22: Point 2 in the participation criteria has been simplified to 3 years of experience in the coffee industry, removing the mid- to senior-level management experience previously required. LEAD is designed to open doors to underrepresented people in our community and we believe this change in the requirements is the right step towards …

2018 Best New Product Competition Entry Submissions Open – World of Coffee 2018 in Amsterdam, Netherlands

World of Coffee’s Best New Product Competition Amsterdam 2018 entry submission is now open! This competition recognizes new products judged on their quality and value to the specialty coffee and tea industry. Deadline for submissions is Wednesday 30 May 2018. At World of Coffee Budapest in 2017, there were over 40 entries with eleven companies taking home …

World of Coffee Amsterdam Lecture Proposal Submissions are open!

Each year, World of Coffee welcomes industry respected experts who inspire, educate and motivate nearly 7,000 coffee professionals to reach for their goals and expand their coffee knowledge. Lecture presenters are carefully vetted experts who are highly enthusiastic about their area of expertise and have a strong desire to share that knowledge for the betterment …

On the California Court Ruling That May Require Coffee to Carry a Cancer Warning Label

By PETER GIULIANO This case has been underway for many years, and it stems from a controversial use of the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1985. In short, the law requires warning labels that advise consumers about any chemical that may be cancer causing. In 2002, Swedish scientists discovered that a chemical …