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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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In this inspiring talk from Symposium 2013, Shauna Alexander Mohr takes a look at collaborative approaches to solving big problems as an industry. According to Ms. Mohr, these issues are systemic, shared, and bigger than any one organization can tackle alone. She explains Collective Impact, a model for structuring collaboration in a way that can

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Kim Elena Ionescu, coffee buyer and sustainability manager for Counter Culture Coffee, spent over two years on this project, which culminated at Symposium in her talk, “Mo’ Money, Mo’ Quality, and other Myths about Microlots”. The idea of microlots – indeed one of the fundamental principles of specialty coffee – is that creating financial incentives

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The remarkable Al Liu gives us a whirlwind guide to coffee in Asia – as broad and complex a topic as that is. His talk gives us a sometimes surprising background in the Asian coffee market, and is essential watching for anyone seeking to do business in that part of the world. Read more from

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At the very first SCAA Symposium in 2008, a magical thing happened. Dr. Tim Schilling, then working at the head of a development project in Rwanda, came to present the findings of his years of research there, studying the details of coffee washing and fermentation. A hallway conversation at Symposium led to the question: what

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About the closest thing we have to an oracle in the specialty coffee industry is Ric Rhinehart. An experienced veteran in the world of specialty coffee and an unabashed futurist, Ric never stops thinking about how current events are shaping the future of coffee – and how we ought to navigate that future. In his

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For the past three years, the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) has engaged in a cutting-edge consumer research program, seeking to offer the specialty coffee trade insight into the consumer who drives our industry. Symposium has served as the forum for presentation and discussion of this research, giving Symposium delegates the opportunity for analysis

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A major theme for us at this year’s Symposium was entrepreneurship. The coffee business is based on, and fueled by, entrepreneurs who start farms, shops and roasting companies. At Symposium, we have the opportunity to engage with other entrepreneurs and share experience, inspiration, and vision. Alejandro Velez – founder of Back to the Roots, a

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To introduce Symposium’s series on coffee leaf rust, we knew we needed some deep background. What’s the history of coffee rust? What is its relationship with other rusts? How does it work, and spread? How does it compare with other agricultural pests?  And, most importantly, how might the coffee industry learn from the broader agricultural

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