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Navigating Coffee Farm Renovation & Rehabilitation: A New Guidebook for the Industry

By RAINA LANG, Director of Sustainable Coffee Markets at Conservation International. Additionally, low market prices make farmers question whether reinvesting in new coffee trees will pay off. Yet, if we are to double coffee production in a way that improves the livelihoods of producers while conserving nature, we must find ways to support farm renovation …

Congratulations to the 2018 Cezve/Ibrik Champion!

By CONNOR CLARKE Congratulations to Slava Babych, representing Ukraine, who has become the 2018 Cezve/Ibrik Champion! Over three days, we’ve seen some great performances from seven coffee professionals in the Cezve/Ibrik Championship. The final ranking also included Marina Khuyppenen, representing Russia, who placed in 2nd, with Koray Erdoğdu representing Turkey in 3rd, and Sumit Shrestha …

European Extraction Preferences in Brewed Coffee

European Extraction Preferences in Brewed Coffee

By PETER GIULIANO In 1957, Professor E. E. Lockhart, Scientific Director of an organization called the Coffee Brewing Institute, wrote: “…the most acceptable cup of coffee would be prepared if the soluble solids ranged between 1.15 and 1.35 percent and the extraction between 18 and 22 percent.” — From the Soluble Solids in Beverage Coffee …

February 2018 Webinar: DC Policy and Events Site Criteria Committees and Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

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Join us on Monday, February 26th, for a special webinar hosted by the groups working on the deferred candidacy policy, the revision of events site criteria, and on equity, diversity, and inclusion at the SCA. Meet the members of the global coffee community who make up the groups, hear the latest on their work, and …

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 months of December 2017 and January 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 …

The Economics of Coffee: Understanding Profitability at Farm Level – 25 Magazine: Issue 3

CHAD TREWICK introduces the main discussion points in the SCA’s Farm Profitability Report in Issue 3 of 25 Magazine. When delegates voted with their feet, they confirmed what many of us have advocated for some time: the coffee industry cannot ignore a risk to production on a global scale. In a bid to better understand the …

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 …

A Milestone Year – 25 Magazine: Issue 3

The year 2017 was a milestone for our community, with the introduction of many new member-focused initiatives, including Avance, the SCA’s first sustainability conference in Guatemala, the first Coffee Technicians Guild Summit in Europe, the SCA’s Roaster/Retailer Financial Benchmarking Study, the launch of the Coffee Skills Program, amalgamating SCAE’s Coffee Diploma System and SCAA’s Pathways …

Reflections from the Coffee Technicians Guild Summit

By MARCO SERRI The Coffee Technicians Guild Summit has just ended in Susegana, Italy – the first European event dedicated to technicians who daily support the coffee industry. This was an opportunity to share knowledge and experiences among industry experts. Hosted by Astoria, we had the pleasure of spending two wonderful days with technicians coming …

A Refugee Tells His Story Through Coffee – 25 Magazine: Issue 3

ELIZABETH DOERR talks to the team at 1951 Coffee Company in Issue 3 of 25 Magazine. You may have heard of the country Bhutan. You may have heard about its lush jagged peaks due to its perch at the eastern base of the Himalayas. You may have heard that Bhutan exceeds in “Gross National Happiness,” …

Defining the Ever-Changing Espresso – 25 Magazine: Issue 3

Baristas – the creative professionals behind the coffee bar – are constantly experimenting with coffee, finding new ways to explore flavor, and using taste and customer feedback to refine formulas and recipes. A steady supply of new espresso machines, grinders, brewing devices, and other tools changes the playing field, leading to new ideas and fresh …

Mohamed Nouh Ges’ Guide to Guatemala – 25 Magazine: Issue 3

This welcome and openness became increasingly important to me as I grew up, moving from Somalia to the UAE, and later to Denmark. You greatly appreciate it when you receive a warm-hearted reception in a new country. MOHAMED NOUH GES, a director of the Somali Coffee Association and advisor to the Somali Ministry of Agriculture, …