Welcome Emma Bladyka, newly named as the Coffee Science Manager for the SCAA. From the SCAA Blog:
It is our pleasure to introduce our new Coffee Science Manager, Emma Bladyka. With a Masters of Science in Botany from the University of Wyoming and a Bachelor of Arts in Ecology, Emma comes to us with a wealth of knowledge and experience in science and research. In this position, Emma will develop goals and strategies for conducting original research in coffee, conduct literature reviews and analysis of existing research on coffee related science, and represent SCAA at industry events and conventions in regards to science and standards, among other responsibilities. According to SCAA Deputy Executive Director, Tracy Ging, “This hire signifies a renewed commitment to developing standards, protocols, and practices that will support strategies to differentiate specialty coffee. With a combination of scientific and research experience plus practical knowledge, Emma will be responsible for driving this effort.”
In her own words, Emma declares herself a specialty coffee “groupie” and is “excited to finally participate in the community on a professional level.” In her academic life she studied biology, ecology, biochemistry, and botany, and, on many occasions, has mused over unanswered questions about coffee growing, processing, packaging, roasting, brewing, and everything in-between. “I think all SCAA members will benefit from incorporating basic scientific principles into their daily activities, and hope that my role at the SCAA will focus on improving the taste of the coffee we all enjoy each day. I am joining the SCAA hot off a job in the wine industry, where I have gathered lots of ideas to transfer to coffee. I plan to start simple, but go big! I am an energetic go-getter and hope many members will take advantage of my coffee science seminars and network of industry-led experiments.”
If you’re reading this and saying to yourself, “Wow, I really wish I could get a job like THAT in coffee”, well, you should probably go get some Masters degrees and stuff. But! The SCAA just announced that they’re looking for a Sales Associate - go read all about it here via the SCAA blog.