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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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There are many factors that impact how consumers experience coffee. Dr. Britta Folmer from Nespresso and her team set out to find out how the amount of crema in coffee would affect the overall sensory experience. In this talk from Symposium 2014, Dr. Folmer discusses a study that was developed to evaluate coffee samples that

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Vida Asrina, co-founder of social enterprise the Kupi Culture Project in Banda Aceh on the island of Sumatra, gives us an insider’s view on the past half-century of coffee culture in her country. Vida details a surprising resurgence of coffee culture, which came as a side effect of a global-scale tragedy: the 2004 tsunami. Tents,

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MIT historian Ben Wurgaft put today’s coffeehouse into historical context with its storied 17th century forebears, and debunked some myths along the way. Coffeehouses of that era are often credited with sparking the Enlightenment, the scientific revolution, and democracy itself. The real picture was not quite that simple. There was a lot of backlash about

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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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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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