Here’s What Some Of The Smartest People In Coffee Will Talk About This Year At SCAA Symposium

A room full of smart people.

Once a year, the Specialty Coffee Association of America gets some of the smartest people in food science, agronomy, and specialty coffee in a room to talk about the state of global coffee. It's designed to get a little heavy, a little personal, and at times even a little uncomfortable. Founded in 2009, the annual Symposium has become home to … [Read more...]

Peter Giuliano On “Coffee Science Heroes”


Before I was a coffee nerd, I was a science nerd. I suppose this goes back to a moment in 1979, when the Voyager spacecraft flew by Jupiter, sending back photographs that amazed and thrilled pretty much everyone. That year, all of my heroes were scientists: Albert Einstein, Buckminster Fuller, Jonas Salk. Discovering the work of these people, … [Read more...]

6 Coffee Videos That Will Make You Smarter

Symposium Featured Image Coffee Videos

In April, coffee's brightest minds gathered at one of the biggest international coffee trade shows in Seattle, Washington. The Event kicked off with a two-day seminar called Symposium, an exclusive meeting of the minds that had been closed off to the public until 2013, when Symposium Director Peter Giuliano made the decision to begin releasing … [Read more...]

A Glimpse Inside The 2014 SCAA Symposium


The sixth annual Specialty Coffee Association of America Symposium is happening right now as we live and breathe in Seattle. Symposium is a professional two-day summit of coffee thinkers/leaders/producers, and it's our distinct honor to be a part of the Symposium community this year as speakers, salon hosts, and ambassadors. This year's … [Read more...]

SCAA Symposium Preview: An Interview With Director Peter Giuliano

At last year's Symposium in Boston, at the Harvard Club.

Starting next week the attentions of the coffee world turn to the city of Seattle, home of the 2014 SCAA Event and the 2014 United States Barista Championship. But before those events get underway, the Speciality Coffee Association of America will host its 6th annual SCAA Symposium event. This event has been one of the premiere gatherings of coffee … [Read more...]

2014 SCAA Symposium Speakers Announced


We're very excited today to report that a list of confirmed speakers has been announced for the 2014 Speciality Coffee Association of America Symposium, a revered two-day event of lectures, direct engagement sessions, and remarkable networking opportunities for leaders (old and new) in the world of coffee. We're immensely proud that this list of … [Read more...]

Alex Bernson’s SCAA 2013 Tech Wrap Up


[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he 2013 SCAA conference felt like a big one. The quality-focused portion of our industry felt more mature and robust then it ever has, and there was a sense that we are moving into the next phase of responsibility and growth. The Symposium delivered a truly astounding amount of information on coffee rust, coffee genetics, and … [Read more...]

SCAA Symposium Video Asks: What’s Cool About Coffee?

What's cool about coffee? Wrecking Ball Roaster's Nick Cho leads a panel discussion with distinguished writers Oliver Strand, Julie Wolfson, and Melissa Allison to find out. The panel took place during last year's Symposium and it was one of the many highlights of the two-day event. The SCAA Symposium will release this video in six parts. Copy … [Read more...]

SCAA Symposium: “Understanding The Consumer”

A landmark presentation from this year's Specialty Coffee Association of America's Symposium is now available to view online. The presenter is former SCAA deputy executive director Tracy Ging (now with S&D Coffee), and the talk is titled "Understand The Consumer: New Research Profiling Specialty's Most Enthusiastic Drinker." It's riveting, … [Read more...]

Erin Meister: Symposium In Requiem


A final look at Symposium 2012, from our special correspondent Erin Meister.   Like a proverbial preteen caught snooping through the parental dresser drawers, I felt a vague kind of almost nervous out-of-placeness throughout my experience at Symposium 2012. Don't get me wrong, I had a wonderful time, I learned, I tweeted, and I … [Read more...]

Symposium 2012: Meister’s Final Word On Day One


Erin Meister continues day one coverage of the 2012 SCAA Symposium in Portland, Oregon.  Let's review: Collaboration, volatility, and innovation are on everybody's minds here in Portland, OR, and SCAA Symposium 2012 seeks to address those concerns with real and sustainable solutions that can be implemented across the supply chain. …except we … [Read more...]

Mainstream Media Perspectives

The fourth annual SCAA Symposium is just a week away, kicking off on Wednesday, April 18th. Last year, Nick Cho's alarming man-on-the-street video was one of the highlights of Symposium. SCAA released a teaser for Nick's latest work, which looks incredible: Many of us in specialty coffee have been interviewed or otherwise covered by the … [Read more...]

Symposium Day 2: Pre-Lunch Wrap-Up, Presented Post-Lunch

Prior to a delicious catered BBQ lunch, we heard from an elite cadre of speakers of speakers, including Luis Fernando Sampler, Tony Hansen, and Daniele Giovannucci. Luis Sampler comes to us from the National Federation of Coffee Growers of Colombia, and he presented on the opportunities that GMO's in general and the Castillo varietal in particular … [Read more...]

Symposium Day 2: Mo’ Coffee Money, Mo’ Coffee Problems

Some highlights from the first part of day two at the Symposium, where the focus is on hunger, problems, and how to solve both. Up first, Rick Peyser of Green Mountain, who reflects on the people of Nicaragua who struggle from month to month with food shortages. He poses the problem like this: aside from the humanitarian concerns, which are … [Read more...]

Symposium 2011: Afternoon Recap, Afternoon Delight


Highlights from a mind-boggling informative and educational afternoon at the SCAA Symposium. Whoa! Kim Elena Bullock, Counter Culture Coffee Green Buyer: "Does quality equal sustainability? What happens when people demand certification?" And what exactly happened at those good ol' Good Food Awards a few months back? Kim weighs in with … [Read more...]

Symposium 2011: James Hoffmann’s Speech Leaked!


We ran our secret audio recorder during James Hoffmann's controversial, thought-provoking speaking engagement at today's SCAA Symposium event. Here it is, in all its poor-quality reverby, pocket-hidden, turn up your volume real loud glory, exclusive to readers. Listen to it here! Special thanks to SCAA's Tracy Ging, who permitted … [Read more...]