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 …

Webinar and Q&A: The Road to a Unified Coffee Roasters Guild

Over the past six months, following the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) unification vote, the leadership of the Roasters Guild (RG) and the Roaster Guild of Europe (RGE) have been paving the way towards the unification of the two organizations to form the Coffee Roasters Guild (CRG)— the trade guild of the SCA for professionals dedicated …

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 …

SCA Introduces Specialty Coffee Roaster/Retailer Financial Benchmarking Study

By Heather Ward The market research focus at Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) is to examine the landscape of specialty coffee businesses and provide insight to our members and the coffee community. The idea is to deliver information that supports business decisions, leading to improved business performance. One way to deliver insights is through the specialty …

SCA Certified Home Brewers

SCA’s Certified Home Brewer program has long been the recognized mark of excellence when it comes to home brewing machines. The program recognizes brewers that meet SCA’s longstanding rigorous technical requirements which are based on decades of industry knowledge and research by the Coffee Brewing Center. All SCA Certified Brewers have met these requirements, which …

Announcing New SCAA Certified Home Brewer: KitchenAid® Pour Over Coffee Brewer

KitchenAid® now offers two brewers with SCAA certification​, automating the art of pour over coffee: the Custom Pour Over Brewer offering fully programmable customization, and the newest Pour Over Coffee Brewer offering simple one-touch operation. The KitchenAid® Pour Over Coffee Brewer emulates the technique of an expert barista with a pre-infusion stage that pours just …