RICHARD STILLER and INGIBJÖRG FERRER visit Guangzhou – 25 Magazine: Issue 4

RICHARD STILLER and INGIBJÖRG FERRER share their experience of Guangzhou in Issue 4 of 25 Magazine. In this big conglomerate of old and new where long-standing structures mix with striking new edifices, and parks and skyscrapers cohabit in densely populated areas, the most eye-catching buildings are the iconic Canton Tower and the Guangzhou Opera House designed …

CoLab: Belfast 2017 – Panel Discussion

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A special panel discussion on the Belfast coffee scene presented at CoLab: Belfast in November 2017, the final video in the series we have released from this event. To find the first three talks from CoLab: Belfast, click here. Join the Barista Guild of Europe at CoLab: Bucharest this 29-31 May, 2018! Learn more and …

The Building Blocks of a Cafe – Ralf Rueller

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Ralf Rueller speaking at CoLab: Belfast in November 2017. The Barn have been doing pioneering work in Berlin since the early days and explored many ways of how to build an audience, lower barriers and make specialty coffee work in the city. This presentation highlights the essential factors to consider when planning a new cafe. …

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 …

The Culture of Fermentation – Kathe Kaczmarzyk

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Kathe Kaczmarzyk speaking at CoLab: Belfast in November 2017. Fermenting food and drinks has a long history with a variety of methods rooted in different cultures across the globe. In this talk, Kathe regales stories of her explorations to discover how the culture of fermentation benefits our health and wellbeing. Kathe is an avid fermentor …

Don’t Hire Your Customers – Ben Szobody

Ben Szobody speaking at CoLab: Belfast in November 2017 about the business and social benefits of hiring beyond the usual suspects. Ben leads an examination of employee retention in the industry and looks at what it takes to develop well-rounded employees who stay inspired and engaged. Ben spent 15 years in political and business journalism …

Webinar: Results of the SCA Membership Survey on Sustainability

Update: Thanks to all who joined us for this webinar! The recording of the session can be found above. Click here to download the slides presented. By KIM ELENA IONESCU Photo: Participants at Avance Guatemala The decision to elevate sustainability to the level of a center – along with research, education, and events – was …

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 …

Meet the 1951 Baristas – 25 Magazine: Issue 3 Online Exclusive

As told to ELIZABETH DOERR for 25 Magazine, Issue 3: Online Exclusives. Ali Fayazi (22, Afghanistan) I left Afghanistan in June 2016. I couldn’t see a future for myself there and it just wasn’t safe. After a five-year application process, I came to the U.S. by myself leaving my family back in Afghanistan. I miss …