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MIT historian Ben Wurgaft put today’s coffeehouse into historical context with its storied 17th century forebears, and debunked some myths along the way. Coffeehouses of that era are often credited with sparking the Enlightenment, the scientific revolution, and democracy itself. The real picture was not quite that simple. There was a lot of backlash about

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After an introduction by SCAA’s coffee science manager Emma Bladyka about the importance of sensory science, Gail Vance Civille, the founder and president of consulting company Sensory Spectrum, Inc., gave a talk primarily focused on the concept of pairings. Most of us are familiar with the concept of pairings from the wine industry, but any time

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SCAA executive director Ric Rhinehart started off day one of Symposium by poking fun at what he called his annual “dire warnings” speech. This year, he spoke instead about the concept of how coffee is valued. At a roughly estimated price of $1.50 a pound, the sale of green coffee generates roughly $20 billion dollars

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Greetings Symposium Delegates! We look forward to seeing you for the 6th annual SCAA Symposium in just a few days. The intention of this post is to help you get the most out of your Symposium experience…by doing a little preparation. We’ve put a lot of effort into packing as much great content into the

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The 6th Annual Symposium is just around the corner and we’re looking forward to seeing you all next month in Seattle, Washington! Symposium will be held at The Conference Center at the corner of 8th Avenue and Pike Street in Seattle. The Symposium venue is located across the street, and one block over, from the Washington

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This year, we are thrilled to introduce a new feature to the SCAA Symposium: Discussion Salons. Inspired by the famed discussion salons of Europe, Symposium salons will be micro-events of their very own, taking place in the discussion lounges and other Symposium rooms, designed to foster spirited discussion on the same topics that are introduced

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We are excited to announce the confirmed speakers for Symposium 2014, which will be held April 23rd through 24th in Seattle, WA at The Conference Center, located just across the street from the Washington State Convention Center. SCAA will hold their annual trade show, The Event, over the weekend following Symposium. We still have a few speakers

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SCAA’s coffee science manager Emma Bladyka delivers a primer on coffee and biology for the Symposium audience, providing a basis for understanding how genetics and environment impact coffee quality, susceptibility to disease, and productivity.  This is essential watching for coffee professionals who seek to improve their understanding of coffee science, and is a companion to

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Peter Kettler begins his Symposium 2013 talk with a powerful critique of the coffee industry’s desire for independence, and goes on to tell a personal story of developing Radio Lifeline, a coffee information distribution system. Using Freeplay radios and special coffee broadcasts in East Africa, Radio Lifeline connects farmers with information, and has led to

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Symposium organizers are pleased to announce a fellowship opportunity to attend the SCAA Symposium April 23-24, 2014, in Seattle, WA. The Symposium Fellowship program is designed to give access to Symposium to those who might not normally be able to attend for financial or other reasons. The ideal Symposium Fellow is a future or current

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