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Now Accepting Nominations for the 2019 SCA Sustainability Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2019 SCA Sustainability Awards. The deadline to submit an application is December 14, 2018. The Sustainability Awards were created in 2004 to promote, encourage and honor the efforts of those serving as role models through sustainable projects in the coffee sector. Each year, the SCA Sustainability Council reviews dozens of applications …

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 …

Green Coffee Data: The Starting Point for an Excellent Cup

Sponsored content provided by Cropster. Green coffee quality and its impact on the supply chain is getting more and more attention. In 2018 alone, hundreds of publications addressed topics like how altitude affects the composition and quality of green coffee, what common roasting defects exist in coffee, or how some processing methods influence the final …

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 …

Baristas, Coffee Culture’s Ambassadors – 25 Magazine: Issue 6

ELIZABETH DOERR explores how the Dominican Republic’s largest coffee company seeks to change local coffee culture through baristas in Issue 06 of 25 Magazine. Strong, short, and sweet – made by stovetop with the Greca coffee maker – is deemed “traditional” Dominican coffee. Part of this could be custom, but the sugar could also be …

Creating Financial Stability in Coffee Farming: Three Young Latin American Coffee Professionals’ Solutions – 25 Magazine: Issue 6

HORTENSIA SOLIS interviewed three young Latin American coffee professionals from three different countries to better understand their perspective on the future of coffee production, the industry’s most pressing challenges, and the steps they’re taking to resolve or otherwise navigate them. On paper, working in coffee production is an increasingly difficult path – a complicated conflagration …

The Impact of Mucilage Removers on Coffee Sustainability and Quality – 25 Magazine: Issue 6

CARLOS HENRIQUE JORGE BRANDO[i] traces the design changes that have brought water-saving demucilagers to the fore of a conversation about sustainability and coffee quality. As the name suggests, a “mucilage remover” is a machine that removes mucilage attached to parchment coffee either by itself, or in conjunction with fermentation. Generally, mechanical removal of the mucilage …

Benchmarking Your Business – 25 Magazine: Issue 6

HEATHER WARD explains another valuable series of ratios – financial ratios – that help coffee professionals understand and develop best practices to keep their roaster/retailer business healthy and financially sustainable in Issue 6 of 25 Magazine.  SCA’s 2017 Roaster/Retailer Financial Benchmarking Report includes a series of financial ratios that reflect leading best practices and performance of …