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Coffee Plants for the Future: Update on the World Coffee Research Breeding Program

By Emma Sage, SCAA In late January of this year, World Coffee Research (WCR) gathered a group of coffee breeders and other interested parties to discuss the future of coffee cultivars in Central America. Representatives from WCR, SCAA, Anacafé, Promecafé, AGRITECH NST, CATIE, USAID, and CIRAD discussed the results of the WCR genetic diversity study, …

SCAA Announces Results for the 2015 / 2016 Board of Directors Election

The Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) is pleased to announce the results of the 2015/2016 Board of Directors election. Voting ended March 13, 2015, votes were tallied, and we can now confirm the new SCAA board members listed below. We are honored and grateful that these coffee professionals have dedicated their volunteer time and …

Coffee Talk: Ethiopia

By Danny Pinnell, SCAA Each year, the Specialty Coffee Association of America’s Annual Exposition, The Event, highlights a Portrait Country. This tradition began because our community decided to pay attention to a specific coffee origin every year, giving us the chance to learn more about different coffee origins. Every year brings a different origin, a different country …

Ask Emma: What is hydrolysis?

Hi Emma, I keep hearing about this “hydrolysis” thing that happens during brewing, what is it? Can you explain the science behind hydrolysis? How is it different than extraction? Thanks, Brewed and confused in Baltimore *** Dear brewed and confused, I feel your pain! Brewing is one of the most complex yet under-researched topics in …

Case Study: Cultivating Quality in Honduras through Relationship Coffee

By Jimmy Sherfey, Abeja In San Jose de Colinas, located in the Cup of Excellence favorite region of Santa Barbara, Honduras, Arnold Paz shows us the proper level of ripeness, demonstrating the home remedy for harvesting more profitable cherry. “If you’re not sure, squeeze it,” he says, suspending a freshly picked cherry several inches above …

Roasters Guild and Barista Guild of America Combine Forces for Origin Trip to Costa Rica

By José René Martínez, J. René Coffee Roasters Having the benefit of an early arrival into San José, I wasted no time in touring one of Central America’s most vibrant cities. With camera in-hand, I walked the streets of San José, the nation’s largest city and the epicenter of social and economic activity. Within minutes, …