Coffee Education: Extract Coffee Roasters and Boston Tea Party

By Dan Lacey At its best, education can transform a coffee business. It inspires and engages employees, and it enhances customer loyalty and experience. Developing, retaining, and attracting talent are vital activities for business growth and success. So why is formally recognized training so often treated as an afterthought or a ‘nice to have’? So …

New Coffee Skills Program Foundation Level Materials and AST Logos Now Available

The SCA’s Education department is pleased to announce that the Foundation level exams and curricula for the new Coffee Skills Program (CSP) are now available. These materials are currently only available in English but translations will be available in the coming weeks. ASTs should note that the function to add new CSP courses is not …

SCA Releases Access to Results of 2017 Coffee Roaster/Retailer Benchmarking Study

In April of this year, the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) launched a survey for the new Roaster/Retailer Financial Benchmarking Study: a business tool that offers roasters and retailers a way to measure their company performance against the objective industry standard. The idea is to deliver business information to people and companies in the specialty coffee …

In Memoriam: Skip Finley

By Ric Rhinehart For the staff of the SCA the world contains a little bit less light today, because today Skip Finley has physically left us. As we mourn Skip throughout the coffee world, we also have a chance to remember his spirit, which remains very much with us.  In an organization that was founded …

Introducing Avance, SCA’s New Sustainability Conference

This fall, sustainability leaders and passionate advocates from across the coffee value chain will gather in Guatemala City to participate in Avance, the first sustainability conference hosted by the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA). This inaugural event will be held on October 11-12, 2017, at the headquarters of Anacafé, Guatemala’s national coffee association. The two-day event …

A First Look at the New SCA Education Program Brand

The Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) is proud to reveal a first look at the new brand identity for the Coffee Skills Program, SCA’s unified coffee education program. The Coffee Skills Program (CSP) is the result of more than a year’s worth of collaborative work between professionals from both the American and European specialty coffee communities …