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The Challenges of Being A Biological Coffee Farmer – Tim Wendelboe

Tim Wendelboe speaking at CoLab Bucharest 2018 Biological farming presents a number of unique challenges. Tim walks us through the lessons he’s learned from starting his own coffee farm, Finca el Suelo. He shares how he’s adjusted his techniques as he learns more about the land and about coffee farming (Hint: it involves compost and …

Sustainability Webinar: Farm Profitability and Prosperity #3

Update: Thanks to all who joined us for this third webinar in our Sustainability series on Farm Profitability and Prosperity recorded live on Thursday, November 15th, at 8:00 am PST / 4:00 pm BST. Watch the recording above. The SCA Sustainability Center is hosting a third webinar with the Farmer Profitability and Prosperity working group …

Curating a Tasty Collection of Craft Chocolate

By LAUREN ADLER, Chief Chocophile, Chocolopolis Sponsored content provided by Chocolopolis. You’re probably hearing a lot about craft chocolate these days. “Craft” chocolate refers to chocolate made in small batches using fine flavor cacao. While there were only a handful of craft chocolate makers in the US a decade ago, there are now hundreds, with more coming …

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 …

From Education To Calibration – Marie Pohler

Marie Pohler speaking at CoLab Bucharest 2018 High tasting aptitude is a necessary tool when working with coffee, often requiring a considerable investment of time, energy, and resources to build. Sensory science and tasting education are a part of amassing this vital knowledge. But once a high level is achieved (often during training and qualification), …

Registration Open for Sensory Summit 2019

Registration is now open for the first Coffee Roasters Guild event of 2019. Sensory Summit is a two-day conference designed to educate, inform, and inspire the Specialty Coffee sensory professional. Centered around the state-of-the-art Sensory Theater inside the Robert Mondavi Institute at UC Davis, topics include incorporating techniques of sensory science into the coffee taster’s [...]

Food Security and Coffee: Ending Seasonal Hunger

Excerpt from KIM ELENA IONESCU’s introduction of the newly republished SCA White Paper titled Food Security and Coffee: Ending Seasonal Hunger The story of the SCA white papers begins with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) ratified by the United Nations in the year 2000. These eight goals were designed to serve as a global, collective …

Andre de Freitas | Trends in Sustainable Sourcing

Andre de Freitas at Reco Symposium in April 2018

Andre de Freitas, Executive Director of the Sustainable Agriculture Network, speaking at Re:co Symposium in Seattle in April 2018.  Andre has over 20 years of experience working with sustainability initiatives, with a focus on responsible sourcing and certification in agriculture and forestry. He led the development of the first sustainability policy and implementation systems for …

#26: Re:co Podcast – Andre de Freitas on Trends in Sustainable Sourcing

On this episode of the Re:co Podcast, Kim Elena Ionescu speaks to Andre de Freitas, Executive Director of the Sustainable Agriculture Network. Andre has over 20 years of experience working with sustainability initiatives, with a focus on responsible sourcing and certification in agriculture and forestry. He led the development of the first sustainability policy and …