Plan your Symposium

Where will the next Symposium be held?

Symposium 2014 Venue

The 6th Annual Symposium will be held at The Conference Center at the corner of 8th Avenue and Pike Street in Seattle, Washington.

The Symposium venue is across the street from the Washington State Convention Center, which is located at 800 Convention Place, Seattle, WA 98101-2350. If you are standing in front of the Convention Center, The Conference Center is located one block up and across the street.

What are the dates of the next Symposium event?

The 6th Annual Symposium will be held April 23-24, 2014, immediately prior to SCAA’s 26th Annual Exposition. Opening ceremonies for The Event will be held April 24 at 5:00 pm and the Exposition trade show floor will be open from April 25-27. Symposium registration includes entrance to the Exposition, so be sure to plan your trip to include this global gathering of coffee professionals.

What is the schedule of events?

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

5-8 p.m. Symposium Registration Reception

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
7-10 a.m. Symposium Registration Open
7:30 a.m. Symposium Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Symposium Sessions
5 p.m. Symposium Cocktails
6 p.m. Symposium Dinner Event

Thursday, April 24, 2014
8 a.m. Symposium Breakfast
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Symposium Sessions
6 – 10 p.m. The Event Opening Ceremonies and Welcome Reception at the Washington State Convention Center

The complete schedule of events with session information can be found here.

What does Symposium registration include?

The Symposium badge includes:

• All meals and social events on Wednesday; breakfast & lunch on Thursday
• Symposium Lectures on Wednesday & Thursday
• Exposition Lectures on Friday, Saturday & Sunday
• Trade Show Exhibit Hall on Friday, Saturday and Sunday
• Opening Ceremonies & Welcome Reception for The Event
• US Barista Championship, US Cup Tasters Championship, USBC Brewers Cup, RG Roasters Choice
• Qualified to register for a fee for ticketed events and Skill Building Workshops at The Event

Where is the Symposium dinner on Wednesday?

The Symposium dinner will be held at the popular and transformative FareStart restaurant just blocks from The Conference Center. A unique blend of community support and award winning cuisine, FareStart represents a positive dining experience Symposium attendees won’t want to miss. Attendees of Symposium will be treated to a custom menu designed by the chefs at FareStart. Those attendees who prefer a vegetarian option may indicate this during registration. FareStart is located at 7th & Virginia in Seattle, WA 98101. Learn more at Please join us as part of your Symposium experience, thanks to our host Starbucks Coffee.


How much does Symposium cost?
The registration fee for Symposium is $1,100 for SCAA members and $1,300 for non-members.
How do I register for Symposium?
Your registration for Symposium will be processed through the same registration module as the Specialty Coffee Association of America’s annual Exposition, The Event. If you work for an exhibiting company, be sure to go through the Exposition exhibitor registration to ensure that you are able to access the show floor during restricted exhibitor hours. To access your member number, please login to your online profile at

Registration for The Event is now closed.

How do I book a hotel room?

Exclusive rooms for Symposium attendees are available at the following venues:

Grand Hyatt Seattle
721 Pine Street, Seattle, WA
Standard Room – $197.00

Experience the inspired beauty of the Pacific Northwest when you stay at Grand Hyatt Seattle. Located in the heart of downtown Seattle, this hotel blends urban flair with classic Pacific Northwest tranquility for spectacular and distinctive experience. The Washington State Convention Center is only 0.5 blocks away from the Grand Hyatt Seattle.

Hyatt at Olive 8
1635 Eighth Avenue, Seattle, WA
Standard Room – $197.00

The Hyatt at Olive 8 is a luxury lifestyle hotel nestled in the theater district of downtown Seattle. Relax in beautiful Seattle accommodations with views of the city. Walk 1.5 blocks to arrive at the Washington State Convention Center.

Hotel registration is now closed.

How do I obtain a Visa?
Symposium welcomes visitors from around the globe. Below are resources SCAA has compiled to help make your travel experience as convenient and successful as possible.

Apply for Your Visa Early |
 Advanced travel planning is important as visa applications are subject to a great degree of scrutiny. Applying for a visa can be a lengthy process, so we recommend that you start early. Begin the application process five to six months before the Event. Note: many embassies require proof of registration before granting a visa.

Interviews | Not all countries require an interview, so it is recommended to check your local consulate office if this will be required. It’s also advisable to ask how long is the wait as some consulates may have backlogs in scheduling visa interviews. Visa wait times are available at

SCAA Letter of Invitation | Letters of Invitation are available through the event registration process. To obtain a visa letter, please register for The Event. Your visa letter will be automatically generated through the system and you will be able to obtain a free electronic copy of the letter upon finalizing your registration. To obtain a mailed copy of the letter, please complete the process above or and select this option for an fee of $100.

Online Resources | Consult the following on-line sites for more information on visas:
• Do you need a visa? Visit
• For information on travel without a Visa:
• For questions about visas:
• Locate a Consular Office: