#26: Re:co Podcast – Andre de Freitas on Trends in Sustainable Sourcing

On this episode of the Re:co Podcast, Kim Elena Ionescu speaks to Andre de Freitas, Executive Director of the Sustainable Agriculture Network. Andre has over 20 years of experience working with sustainability initiatives, with a focus on responsible sourcing and certification in agriculture and forestry. He led the development of the first sustainability policy and …

#24: Re:co Podcast – Vava Angwenyi on Building an Alternative Narrative for Kenya’s Coffee Farmers

On this episode of the Re:co Podcast, Kim Elena Ionescu speaks with Vava Angweni, Founder & Chief Coffaholic at Vava Coffee Ltd, and Co-Founder & Director of Gente Del Futuro. Vava sources coffee from farmers in Kenya and around East Africa, and most recently has worked with Fairtrade Africa to develop and launch two brands …

#23: Re:co Podcast – Sustainability: Changing Everything Except the Goal

Kim Elena Ionescu moderates a panel with Merling Preza, Alejandro Cadena, Lee Wallace, and Molly Laverty at Re:co Symposium in Seattle in April 2018.  In this week’s episode of the podcast, Peter Giuliano speaks with Kim Elena about the introductory sustainability panel, which covered a wide range of topics including the reduction in the profitability of …

#22: Re:co Podcast – Andrea Illy on the Global Economics of Coffee

This week’s episode of the Re:co Podcast features Illycaffè Chairman Andrea Illy speaking at Re:co Seattle in April 2018. Over his long career, Andrea has established an identity as a leader, thinker, and creative mind in coffee. We asked Andrea to contribute a talk on the complex economics of coffee and the future of coffee …

#21: Re:co Podcast – Ric Rhinehart on the Future for Specialty Coffee

This episode from Re:co Seattle in April 2018 features SCA Executive Director Ric Rhinehart. We have a little tradition at Re:co, when Ric gives an annual talk on the State of Specialty Coffee. We’ve given that talk a number of names over the years, like ‘Ric’s Fireside Chat’ and ‘Ric’s Doom And Gloom Warning’, but …

#20: Re:co Podcast – The State and Future of the Coffee Economy

Welcome to the very first Re:co podcast, a new series where we’ll be sharing talks and discussions from Re:co Symposium, SCA’s premier event dedicated to amplifying the voices of those who are driving specialty coffee forward. We’ll also be having special interviews with the speakers themselves, learning more about their perspectives and innovations. In this …

SCA Podcast #19: The Science of Coffee Freshness

This week on the SCA Podcast, we feature a talk by Samo Smrke, Research Scientist at the Coffee Excellence Center of the Zurich University of Applied Sciences. Samo covers research he conducted in collaboration with the SCA on the effects of carbon dioxide degassing on coffee freshness and espresso extraction. Research by Samo and his …

SCA Podcast #18: Should Coffee Be Treated Like Wine?

This week on the SCA Podcast, Felipe Croce of Fazenda Ambiental Fortaleza, a coffee farm in the state of São Paulo in Brazil, talks about coffee fermentation and asks, “Should coffee be treated like wine?” Watch the video recording of this talk on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/udQNeGtdW_Y. This week’s episode was recorded at the Roaster Guild of Europe’s …

SCA Podcast #16: The Building Blocks of a Cafe

This episode of the SCA Podcast features Ralf Rueller, speaking at CoLab: Belfast in November 2017 about the essential factors to consider when planning a new cafe. Since 2010, Ralf and his team at The Barn Coffee Roasters have been doing pioneering work in Berlin’s specialty coffee scene, exploring how to build an audience, lower barriers, …