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Reflections from a Coffee Curmudgeon

By Timothy J. Castle  Upon arriving here in Atlanta on Tuesday and attending the opening reception for this year’s Re:co Symposium, I pulled out the program for the next two days and began quibbling immediately: Cold Brew? Really? How could we devote a chunk of our precious time at Re:co to “Cold Brew: Category or Craze”? Aren’t we over Cold …

Culinary Fuel: Re:co Coffee Service

By Stephen Morrissey The two days of incredible speakers and challenging topics at Re:co Symposium demands an intermission format that allows people to connect, debate, and decompress over great coffee. Over the years, the service has garnered a reputation for not only providing great coffee quickly, but for developing thoughtful menus with highly-qualified baristas and …

The Roasters Guild: Building a Community at the SCAA Expo

By Timothy J. Castle Embarking upon SCAA’s Annual Expo is always an amazing, adrenalin-filled experience for me. I feel like I’m about to get on a roller coaster! The opening receptions and meetings allow me to appreciate how much we’ve grown as an industry, and how much enthusiasm, energy, and commitment an ever-increasing number of …

SCAA Explores the Development of New Guilds

Coffee Technicians Guild and Coffee Producers Guild By Mansi Chokshi, SCAA The Specialty Coffee Association of America is a mutual benefit trade association with many constituents in the coffee industry. To serve those constituents, we offer both organization and individual memberships. While the organization members are split by business type, the individuals are more commonly …