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At the end of the first session at Symposium 2014, Laila Ghambari, the newly crowned 2014 U.S. Barista Champion and a member of the Barista Guild of America Executive Council, was invited onto the stage to talk about a special feature of the event: the coffee service. Working alongside Christopher Schooley, SCAA’s coffee design and

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The 2013 Symposium explored the impact of leaf rust in producing countries on the production and quality of coffee. David Piza discussed some of the challenges of leaf rust that still exist today, and the exploration of potential solutions is ongoing. This year Symposium is revisiting this topic to provide updates on what progress has

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Sarah Dooley kicked off the first session of Symposium introducing a topic that touches every cafe in the U.S.: Milk. In order to fully explore this topic, she traveled to Sunshine Dairy in Portland, OR to find out why not all milks are created equal and how it impacts the taste of milk based coffee

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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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