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The Power of a Trade Association

By Ric Rhinehart, Executive Director, Specialty Coffee Association of America Trade associations have a long and storied history in the world. The first trade associations were organized as guilds dating back to the Middle Ages. These groups organized to promote the interests of their members—ranging from craftsmen to students—and largely replaced the religious fraternities that …

Portfolio | Issue No. 1 (2013) | Equipment Certification

SCAA recognizes home brewing machines that meet our longstanding rigorous technical requirements, based generally on proper water temperature, brewing time, and ability to brew within the recommendations outlined by SCAA Golden Cup fundamentals. The SCAA Brewer Certification Program will run on a quarterly testing schedule. If a brewer passes all of the tests they will …

Roasters Guild Honors the Art and Craft of Coffee Roasting at the 2013 Roasters Choice Competition

Top 10 Finalists to be showcased at Specialty Coffee Association of America’s Annual Event, to be held April 11-14, 2013 The Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA), the world’s largest coffee trade association, and the Roasters Guild, an official trade guild of the association, are highlighting the craft of specialty coffee roasting with the 2013 …

SCAA Honors Project Focused on Improving Children’s Health for 2013 Sustainability Award

Project Addresses the Issues of Health, Poverty and Malnutrition The Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA), the world’s coffee authority and largest coffee trade association, presents its 2013 Sustainability Award to Pueblo a Pueblo, based out of Bethesda, Maryland, for their Organic School Garden Project. This annual award honors individuals, businesses and organizations in the specialty …

Specialty Coffee Association of America Announces Recipients of 2013 Recognition Awards

Honoring those who contribute their expertise to the coffee industry The Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) has announced the recipients of its 2013 Recognition Awards. Each year, the SCAA honors outstanding achievements in the specialty coffee industry and unique contributions to the association. The SCAA’s Recognition Awards are selected by a panel from the …

Specialty Coffee Association of America Announces Coffee Taster Certificate Program

Newest educational track to focus on sensory analysis from a broad perspective The Specialty Coffee Association of America has announced the addition of a Coffee Taster Certificate Program (CTC) to its internationally recognized professional development curriculum. Slated to officially launch at the 2013 SCAA Event, to be held April 11-14, 2013 in Boston, MA, the …