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Greetings Symposium Delegates! We look forward to seeing you for the 6th annual SCAA Symposium in just a few days. The intention of this post is to help you get the most out of your Symposium experience…by doing a little preparation. We’ve put a lot of effort into packing as much great content into the

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We are excited to announce the confirmed speakers for Symposium 2014, which will be held April 23rd through 24th in Seattle, WA at The Conference Center, located just across the street from the Washington State Convention Center. SCAA will hold their annual trade show, The Event, over the weekend following Symposium. We still have a few speakers

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Symposium organizers are pleased to announce a fellowship opportunity to attend the SCAA Symposium April 23-24, 2014, in Seattle, WA. The Symposium Fellowship program is designed to give access to Symposium to those who might not normally be able to attend for financial or other reasons. The ideal Symposium Fellow is a future or current

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We have introduced a new element to the programming for select SCAA events this year, most recently bringing a special session of Symposium@ to the 13th annual Roasters Guild Retreat, held in West Virginia earlier this month. Symposium@ sessions are an extension of the main Symposium event, held annually in conjunction with the annual SCAA

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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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By Hanna Neuschwander Collaboration, Cowboys, and Breaking Bread The morning began by picking up a thread from last year’s Symposium: Pathological collaboration. Shauna Alexander Mohr introduced the fledgling Coffeelands Food Security Coaltion (CFSC), a collaborative effort of major specialty coffee companies inlcuding Starbucks, Green Mountain, CBI, and Sustainable Harvest, as well as NGOs such as

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By Hanna Neuschwander In its fifth year, Symposium began with a quick exegesis on the meaning of the word “symposium”: From the Greek, sym = together, pos = drink, ium = setting, or, as director Peter Giuliano put it, “It’s about sitting around drinking together.” Indeed. A short introductory lesson from Giuliano suggested caffeine—as a

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About the Tasting Experience With Symposium’s close look at coffee genetics this year, we felt it would be a unique opportunity for us to also create a sensory experience for attendees. This is being provided as part of Symposium in the Sensory Experience Room, translating the program into an engaging, interactive activity. The coffees selected for

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Over the past five years, a new world has emerged for specialty coffee. Global climate change has altered coffee agriculture and trade, we’ve been confronted with new realities about our supply chain and how it works, and the business of great coffee has flourished, twisted, and turned in unanticipated ways. Through it all, SCAA’s Symposium

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