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The future of the coffee industry depends on being able to breed the next generation of coffees that are both climate tolerant and have all of the beautiful flavors and aromas we know are possible in specialty. In order for coffee breeding programs to succeed, the industry needs a universal vocabulary of flavor that is

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Last month in Seattle, WA, delegates from around the world attended the 7th Annual Specialty Coffee Association of America Symposium, and what would be the last SCAA Symposium…at least under this name. This is not the end of an era, however, but rather the beginning of a whole new life for our beloved specialty coffee symposium. As an evolution

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It’s a simple question: Does a farmer choose to plant the caturra variety or castillo? To answer this question, Sheridan begins by comparing the controversy to the 1997 film “Men With Guns.” He recognizes the farms involved in making decisions on which cultivar to use we were persuaded with guns, but varietal opinions; they were

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By Maria Hill 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

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By Jesse Bladyka 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

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By Hanna Neuschwander 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

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Symposium 2015

By Danny Pinnell 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

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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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