Meet the Members of the 2019-2020 SCA Board of Directors

By JAMES HUMPOLETZ Translations available: Chinese, French, German, Italian, Korean, Russian, Spanish. SCA members chose between eight candidates to fill six seats in the election managed by third-party elections company UK Engage. In accordance with the SCA Bylaws, the six newly-elected coffee professionals will join the board on January 1st, 2019 at which point the terms of six existing members of the …

Business Insights from the Square Coffee Data Report and the Retail Sentiment Index (RSI)

By Heather Ward The independent coffee shop is an integral part of so many neighborhoods. It’s a space where communities come together. But with that independence comes the unique challenges of running a small business, while seeking to make coffee more sustainable from the farmer to the barista. In order to achieve both, information is …

September 2018 in 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 month of September 2018. 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 …

SCA Podcast #25: Guatemala After the Fuego Eruption

On June 3rd, an unexpected eruption of the Fuego volcano in Guatemala killed more than a hundred people and caused many more to evacuate. Guatemala is home to tens of thousands of smallholder coffee farms, many of which have been directly affected. A few weeks ago, Kim Elena Ionescu, SCA’s Chief Research Officer, spoke to …

Update on the 2019-2020 SCA Board of Directors Elections

Update: Thanks to all who joined us on October 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 presented on a webinar on August 30, the elections process for the 2019–2020 SCA Board of …

August 2018 in 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 month of August 2018. 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 …

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 …

July 2018 in 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 month of July 2018. 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 …