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

Announced at Re:co Symposium today, the SCA is proud to introduce the new Leadership Equity and Diversity (LEAD) Scholarship Program. LEAD is aimed at increasing diversity of leadership within the global coffee community by enabling access to professional development resources to people from underrepresented or marginalized communities. This program is made possible thanks to the generous support …

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 …

April 2018 Webinar: Results of the Work of the Ad Hoc Committees on Deferred Candidacy and Events Site Criteria

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Over the past two months, a diverse and passionate group of specialty coffee professionals have been working collaboratively on the documentation of the deferred candidacy policy and the revision of events site criteria at the SCA. These volunteers, working with our staff leads and board co-chairs, have met regularly to explore solutions that will enable …

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 …

Swiss SCA Chapter Hosts First Education Day

By KIM STAALMAN This initiative by the volunteers behind the Swiss SCA chapter, led by National Coordinator Philipp Henauer, proved very popular. It wasn’t surprising when looking at the lineup of speakers. The day’s program was diverse in topics and showcased both Switzerland’s own coffee talent and a few guest speakers from Germany. The day …

February 2018 Webinar: Update On New Ad Hoc Committees and Task Force

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Update: Thanks to all who joined us for this webinar on February 26th! The recording of the webinar is now available above. Photos and bios of our committee members can be found on the SCA website here. As always, if you have questions or would like to get involved in this work, email us at …