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Gender Equity: Can Shifting Our Focus Improve the Supply Chain? Hosted by Kimberly Easson, VP of Strategic Partnerships & Gender Program Advisor, Coffee Quality Institute Kimberly Easson introduced the final Symposium session about Gender Equity that explored the issue of gender in producing countries. Recent data is showing that investing in gender inclusive value chain

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Out of the Box: Unexpected Innovations in Coffee This morning, rested after an extraordinary opening day, the Symposium audience reconvened to hear from a group of innovators who spoke about pushing boundaries, extending limits, and exploring the frontiers of the specialty coffee industry, both figuratively and literally. A New Frontier: Coffee Farming in California? Jay

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The Cutting Edge of Sensory Science Hosted by Emma Bladyka, Coffee Science Manager, SCAA Emma started us off this afternoon with a reminder that this is not the first time Symposium has tackled the issue of sensory science—and it’s unlikely to be the last. The complexity of describing coffee flavor and aroma is a central

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Symposium 2015

Symposium 2015 kicks off with a welcome from director Peter Giuliano. Leading up to this year’s conversation, he was frequently asked about the theme. He admits that the content of Symposium doesn’t revolve around a set theme–this year’s sessions were inspired by five important topics that were brought up in response to last year’s Symposium–but

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In partnership with Pacific Bag, Inc. and Roast Magazine, the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) is pleased to announce the launch of the Roaster Research Survey. This survey focuses on financial operating metrics, as well as information on human resources, advertising/marking efforts, and best practices. All respondents to the survey will receive: Full Industry-Wide

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We are pleased to present the Symposium 2015 program, which contains the complete schedule of events and sessions, along with a wealth of information about the things you can look forward to as a Symposium attendee. Here’s the Symposium schedule at a glance: Tuesday, April 7 5 – 8 PM | Registration Reception  | Recital Hall Lobby Wednesday,

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Out of the Box

By Jesse Bladyka Symposium VII is fast approaching! I urge you to reflect on the last year in coffee as you’ve seen it. Gather your ideas, your successes, your failures, bring your joys and concerns and register to join us! At this event we will share our experiences as we congregate to inspire and be

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Symposium celebrates new thinking in coffee–innovative ways to address our challenges, concepts that build our businesses, and fuel to push our industry forward. We are excited to invite thought leaders from a variety of disciplines to share their work at Symposium. Get to know some of this year’s speakers by viewing some of their past work

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The attendees of Symposium are industry leaders and firebrands, and the opportunity to serve coffee to that particular crowd presents a welcome and worthy challenge to the Barista Guild of America each year. BGA Executive Council leadership works closely with the SCAA Coffee Design and Experience Coordinator on ideas around what kind of coffee experience

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Each and every Symposium talk aims to evoke and inspire. For the last three years, we’ve taken some of that evocation and inspiration and worked to create sensory experiences as extensions of them. The Swiss Water Process Sensory Experience Room is where ideas presented become applied. Working with representatives of Swiss Water® and SCAA’s Coffee

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