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SCAA Honors Project Focused on Linking Coffee Producers with Specialty Segment of Mainstream Retailer in United Kingdom

The Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA), the world’s coffee authority and largest coffee trade association, presents its 2014 Sustainability Award to Twin, a UK-based ethical trading organization, and collaborators for their project Congo Coffee Revival: Regenerating Communities by Linking Remote Farmers to Mainstream Markets. This annual award honors individuals, businesses and organizations in the …

Focus on Quality Could Save Brazil’s Small Coffee Farms

Can the world’s growing appetite for unique coffee save Brazil’s specialty coffee farms? by Aleszu Bajak Brazil, long known for being one of the world’s leading producers of bulk commodity coffee, is now trying to make a name for itself as a country where smallholder farms produce specialty coffees. But low wholesale prices and limited international …

SCAA Releases Candidate Profiles for 2014 SCAA Board of Directors Elections

The Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) has released the official slate of candidates for the 2014 Board of Directors Elections and members should review candidate profiles below prior to voting. Voting will open February 19, 2014; ballots will be distributed through email to all eligible voting members. Voters must be the primary contact for a current …

SCAA and European Coffee Brewing Center Renew Cooperation on Certified Home Brewer Program

The Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) and the European Coffee Brewing Centre (ECBC) have announced their renewed cooperation on the coffee brewer certification program through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The ECBC and SCAA are neutral trade organizations and therefore the ideal stakeholders in the coffee industry to serve as non-biased and reputable evaluators …

SCAA Announces Collaboration with ACE on Coffees of the Year Program

The Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) announced today that they will be collaborating on an improved Coffees of the Year (COTY) program with the Alliance for Coffee Excellence (ACE). While the official COTY program will remain on hiatus for the 2014 SCAA Event in Seattle, WA, ACE will present an exhibition of compelling coffees representative of …

You’re Invited to the 26th Annual Exposition & 6th Annual Symposium: The Event

by Ric Rhinehart, executive director of SCAA Each year it is my task (and my pleasure) to write a note for inclusion in this issue of The Specialty Coffee Chronicle. With each passing year, I find myself considering not only what is new and exciting for this year’s Event, but, more and more, reflecting on …

On Behalf of Starbucks Coffee Company, Welcome to SCAA’s 26th Annual Exposition in Seattle

Starbucks is honored to serve as the official host of the Specialty Coffee Association of America’s 2014 Annual Event. Forty-three years ago, we opened our first store just seven blocks away from The Event’s location, at the historic Pike Place Market. Since then, we have watched the specialty coffee industry flourish. This is due to …