Call for Nominations for the 2019-2021 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 board year lasts from Jan 1 – Dec …

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 …

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 …