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UK Barista Champion Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood had a mystery on his hands. A coffee that should have tasted amazing tasted “like rubbish.” The culprit turned out to be water. Colonna-Dashwood teamed up with a scientist at the University of Bath to try to understand why his water was causing his coffee to taste all wrong when

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The traditional view of small holder farmers is that their households behave as one unit and that everyone has say in production, income, etc. The reality is that households are composed of individuals with different risk, profiles, access and opportunities. When we do not take these differences into consideration, in regards to the supply chain,

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When we talk about measurement, we recognize that there is a lot of data. Earth’s careful and specific trajectory illustrates measurement’s finite edge. Varying one-ninth of an inch every 18 miles, the planet sustains a living temperature. Daniele’s five key principles keep the coffee industry on a trajectory similar to that of Earth’s orbit in

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Friends – Last week, we did our first SCAA Symposium Friday Lunch at Headquarters in Santa Ana, where we watched a Symposium video over lunch, then discussed it afterwards. A number of our colleagues who heard about it expressed their enthusiasm to try it themselves! To support this, we figured we could create a little

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“I hope to inspire new discussion about old paradigms.” So began Dr. Borem in a talk that challenged specialty coffee leaders to rethink assumptions about wet and dry-processed coffee. Natural coffees are often perceived to be of lower quality and lesser consistency than wet processed coffees. Flavio explains that the most important factor in any

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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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