Coffee Education & Collaboration

By Mike Ebert One of my first educational experiences involving the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) occurred in the mid-nineties. One of the earliest “pathways” (even though that term would come more than a decade later) was the Golden Cup Technician class. This was the first class I took that was not offered by …

Fairtrade and Beyond

By Kyle Freund Specialty coffee is a leader in sustainability. From the world’s first fair trade coffee landing on store shelves more than 30 years ago, farmers, traders, roasters, and consumers have pushed the concept of sustainability a long way. In North America, there are a variety of approaches to Fairtrade—but only products with the Fairtrade …