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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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Symposium 2014

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 familiar with some of this year’s speakers’ work below. Mayra Orellana-Powell The Way

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We are pleased to offer a fellowship opportunity to attend the SCAA Symposium April 8-9, 2015, in Seattle, WA to a select number of individuals as determined by the application committee. This fellowship program, underwritten by S&D Coffee for the 2015 Symposium, is designed to give access to those who might not normally be able

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Since the inception of SCAA Symposium seven years ago, we’ve been thoughtful that, as we seek to create an environment where we can learn about and address the biggest challenges facing coffee, we must pay attention to the physical environment as well as the intellectual one. This year, we have taken a big new step:

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Out of the Box

(Reposted from The Specialty Coffee Chronicle) By Kim Elena Ionescu, Counter Culture Coffee Symposium is our community’s annual opportunity to come together and address, collaboratively, the big issues we are all grappling with and trying to understand. Sometimes these issues emerge as threats, as coffee leaf rust did in 2013, and other times, they present

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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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