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Emerging Markets: A Global Specialty Coffee Culture | Letter From the Editor

Every coffee roaster brings a unique and personal approach to their machine. Coffee people don’t always agree on extraction techniques or brew ratios. We can debate for hours on the most efficient or ethical way to trade coffee, or how the farming and processing method has impacted the quality of a coffee positively or negatively. …

How to Re-Invent a Wheel: A Tale of Science and Industry

By Emma Sage, SCAA Coffee Science Manger With contributions by Molly Spencer, PhD Candidate, UC Davis Introduction The scientific story behind the new SCAA Coffee Taster’s Flavor Wheel is quite fascinating. This tale includes a star cast of characters, including World Coffee Research (WCR), Kansas State University (KSU), Texas A&M University (TX A&M), the University of …

Colombia’s Arc Over the Specialty Coffee Landscape (& Vice Versa)

By Timothy J. Castle From the beginning, perhaps before the term “specialty coffee” was coined, the specialty coffee industry and Colombian producers have had a special relationship. Each adds value to the other’s coffees, and each pushes the other toward incremental quality improvements and additions to the monetary value of Colombian coffee and specialty coffee …

Supply and Demand: Vastly Different Specialty Coffee Outlooks

By Ric Rhinehart As I sit here in the capital city of the birthplace of coffee (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia), after attending the International Coffee Organization’s 4th World Coffee Conference, I am driven to reflect on the conversations at the conference, in the hallways, and over dinner. The state of the global coffee market and the …

Craft Coffee Culture in America’s Heartland

We recently asked SCAA President Tracy Allen how he thinks coffee culture is evolving in America’s Heartland. As a Kansas City native and long-time resident, his unique perspective on the region is enhanced by his frequent travels to major coffee cities, coffee farms, and of course coffeehouses around the world. From your perspective, how is …

People of Specialty Coffee: An Interview With Sunalini Menon

What are the most obvious ways that coffee culture is changing in India in terms of big picture trends? India is a fairly important player in the global coffee market, providing approximately three-and-a-half percent of the world’s coffee. During this coffee season of 2015/2016, the post-monsoon production estimate of the Coffee Board of India is …

International Women in Coffee Alliance Breakfast

This year’s International Women in Coffee Alliance (IWCA) breakfast was a sold-out event, and for good reason. The topic of gender equity was at the center of the conversation and was reflected throughout the event. Keynote speaker Mbula Musau delivered an inspiring talk that chronicled her career in specialty coffee, which includes the founding of …