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Collaboration in Competition: An Interview with U.S. Barista Champion Laila Ghambari and her Team

The road coffee takes from seed to cup is most often conceptualized as a chain. The beans, or later their extracted essence, are handed off from farmer, to green buyer (and/or importer and exporter), to roaster, to retailer, to barista, to consumer. Each link typically only interacts directly with the ones before and after, and …

The Importance of Exercise: Palate Development

by Julie Housh, Intelligentsia Coffee  As coffee professionals, we practice tasting coffee on a regular basis—whether via cupping or dialing in—employing tools like the SCAA Coffee Taster’s Flavor Wheel to articulate the flavors we find in coffee. In my everyday role as a coffee educator, I often hear new baristas and consumers admit that “coffee just …

Portfolio | Issue No. 4 | Technology

HARIO “the King of Glass” is a manufacturer in Tokyo, Japan that specializes in heat resistant borosilicate glass. HARIO first began as a manufacturer of laboratory equipment in 1921. The skills and techniques learned from creating these precision scientific tools have been applied to the production of HARIO’s coffee and tea brewing equipment. As a …

Announcing the Newest SCAA Certified Home Brewer: KitchenAid® Pour Over Coffee Brewer

For its newest coffee brewer, KitchenAid Brand went straight to the source and partnered with industry experts to design the new Pour Over Coffee Brewer. In addition to partnering with baristas, the brewer was developed from the ground-up to meet the SCAA’s rigorous technical guidelines, to ensure that the highest quality home brewer was designed. It …

New SCAA Certified Bonavita Brewer Coming in October

Bonavita now has three SCAA certified brewers, with their newest addition (Bonavita Coffee Maker BV1900TS) due to market in early October. Building on the success of predecessors, the Bonavita 8-cup Stainless Steel Carafe Coffee Brewer features improvements that will result in an even better cup of coffee. Bonavita is committed to bringing the highest level of coffee brewing …