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A podcast series from the Specialty Coffee Association presenting stories, lectures, and debates from the SCA's global events. The SCA is a non-profit organization that represents thousands of coffee professionals, from producers to baristas all over the world. Learn more at www.sca.coffee.
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In today’s lecture, a panel delves into the challenges faced by East African processors of high-quality coffee and shares solutions to these challenges, found by three organizations in Ethiopia, Burundi, and Rwanda. These organizations have been working on the cutting edge of methods to improve both the farmgate price and workers’ pay while increasing cup quality. Representing one cooperative and two private companies, their discussion addresses working with large numbers of smallholders, the impacts of government regulation, and the considerations of certification.President of Artisan Coffee Imports, Ruth Ann Church, leads the panel, featuring Lauren Rosenberg, Managing Director of Long Miles Coffee in Burundi; Rachel Samuel, Co-Owner and Director of Marketing at Gesha Village Coffee Estate in Ethiopia; and Sara Yirga, Founder and General Manager of YA Coffee Roasters in Rwanda.Special Thanks to Softengine Coffee One, Powered by SAPThis episode of the Expo 2019 Lectures podcast is supported by Softengine Coffee One, Powered by SAP.  Built upon SAP's business-leading Enterprise Resource Planning solution, Softengine Coffee One is designed specifically to quickly and easily take your small-to-medium coffee company working at any point along the coffee chain to the next level of success. Learn more about Softengine Coffee One at softengine.com, with special pricing available for SCA Members. Softengine: the most intelligent way to grow your business.Related LinksRead a full transcript on SCA News Listen to other episodes of the SCA Podcast Learn more about the upcoming 2020 Lecture Series at the Specialty Coffee Expo Table of Contents0:00 Introduction2:20 How Gesha Village used visual marketing to bring value to the Gesha Village community14:00 Long Miles' journey developing long term relationships with producers in Burundi and how that's marketed24:30 How the Kopakama Collective approaches marketing and quality controlAudience Questions35:00 What is Lean, the management strategy, and what effect did it have on Kopakama’s growth?38:45 Why did Gesha Village decide to have auctions for their coffees?40:50 How do you share the marketing strategies you’ve developed with other players in East Africa?47:15 What is your experience as women in leadership in this region?49:20 Who are you targeting with your marketing efforts - buyers or drinkers? And what messages are you trying to get across?55:30 Outro--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/specialty-coffee-association-podcast/message
Skilled farmworkers are necessary to harvest specialty coffees in most parts of the world, but they are too often undervalued and invisible to the industry. A collaborative and innovative project in Colombia is attracting a dwindling labor force to actively participate in coffee production. Its main objective is to meet the needs of farmworkers, producers, and local organizations, while identifying solutions that will make employment within the coffee industry more socially viable. This lecture presents a summary of the best practices captured by this project and will guide producers and organizations to make employment within the coffee industry more attractive and socially viable for farmworkers.Moderated by Whitney Kakos of Keurig Dr. Pepper’s Sustainable Supply Chain Program, this lecture’s panel features: Colleen Bramhall Popkin, Senior Manager in Sustainability at Keurig Dr. Pepper Inc.; Quinn Kepes, Program Director at Verité; Carlos Hernando Isaza, Coffee Program Manager at Solidaridad Colombia; Cesar Julio Diaz, General Manager of Aguadas Coffee Growers Cooperative; and Angela Paez, Sustainability Manager at RCG Coffee.We want to let you know half of this episode will be in Spanish. If you’re not a confident Spanish-speaker, you can read a full English translation of this lecture on SCA News. Similarly, if you’re not a confident English-speaker, we also have a full Spanish translation there, too.Special Thanks to Softengine Coffee One, Powered by SAPThis episode of the Expo 2019 Lectures podcast is supported by Softengine Coffee One, Powered by SAP.  Built upon SAP's business-leading Enterprise Resource Planning solution, Softengine Coffee One is designed specifically to quickly and easily take your small-to-medium coffee company working at any point along the coffee chain to the next level of success. Learn more about Softengine Coffee One at softengine.com, with special pricing available for SCA Members. Softengine: the most intelligent way to grow your business.Related LinksRead either a full English or full Spanish transcript of this episode on SCA News Read more on the subject of farmworker invisibility in "Vision Check" from Issue 10 of 25 Magazine by Andrea OtteRead more about the Aguadas Cooperative in "Learnings from Aguadas," a 25 Magazine Online Exclusive by Andrea OtteListen to other episodes of the SCA Podcast Learn more about the upcoming 2020 Lecture Series at the Specialty Coffee Expo --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/specialty-coffee-association-podcast/message
A lot has been written about the workforce -- millennials in particular -- choosing between a career and a passion. That shouldn't be the case. While baristas and other coffee professionals may find it hard to make millions, they should be able to make sustainable wages while also developing as a professional. What are ways that cafes, roasting companies, and other coffee industry organizations can provide this working environment? Two small business owners with a proven track record in employee recruitment, development and retention, offer an in-depth behind-the-scenes look into how it's all possible in today’s lecture.Brian Helfrich, owner and CEO of Summit Coffee Co. in Davidson, North Carolina, and Ryan Jenson, owner of Peregrine Espresso in Washington D.C., lead a panel featuring Roast Magazine’s Connie Blumhardt, Cafe Import’s Andrew Miller, and Atlas Coffee Importers’ Tymika Nichelle Lawrence.Special Thanks to Softengine Coffee One, Powered by SAPThis episode of the Expo 2019 Lectures podcast is supported by Softengine Coffee One, Powered by SAP.  Built upon SAP's business-leading Enterprise Resource Planning solution, Softengine Coffee One is designed specifically to quickly and easily take your small-to-medium coffee company working at any point along the coffee chain to the next level of success. Learn more about Softengine Coffee One at softengine.com, with special pricing available for SCA Members. Softengine: the most intelligent way to grow your business.Related LinksRead a full transcript of this episode on SCA NewsListen to other episodes of the SCA Podcast Learn more about the upcoming 2020 Lecture Series at the Specialty Coffee Expo Table of Contents0:00 Introduction2:30 What Millennials and Gen Zs want from their workplaces5:25  What creative ways are we using to make coffee careers affordable and how has this changed over the last decade?14:15 What do you find means the most to the professionals you are working with? What is the deep, core value of your team and how is workplace culture helping you recruit and retain employees?27:30 What are you doing in your companies to cultivate good leaders in your team?30:00 How are we training our coffee professionals and their soft skills?42:40 Audience questions1:00:30 Outro--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/specialty-coffee-association-podcast/message
With over a decade of experience in specialty coffee, Erika Vonie believes that coffee is for everyone. Like many before her, she started as a barista, and worked her way through management, events coordination, quality control, education, green buying, and importing. Along with being the 2017 Coffee Masters Champion and an Arabica Q Grader, Erika is committed to using her position to further the advancement of marginalized people within specialty coffee, using her unique platform as Director of Coffee at Trade to spotlight these issues in the media.Using hard data collected on customer feedback and SKU performance at Trade, Erika explores one of the trends they’ve found: Customers want naturally processed coffee roasted with longer development, butting up to second crack. It challenges the programs seen within many specialty roasters. Erika sees this as an opportunity to provide insight into gaining more customers, be more approachable with our coffee, and pump money back into the industry without compromising integrity. Is the next trend a well-developed dark roast? What stops us as an industry from achieving that/providing our customer base with that option? How do we thoughtfully push development in roast profiles? Does this mean we can continue to buy relationship coffees even in hard harvest years, so money goes to the producer AND have avenues to sell these coffees to consumers? Erika argues the answer to all of these is, “yes” - and that being more inclusive with our offerings will help specialty thrive in the face of the climate and socio-economic and political challenges facing the industry today.Special Thanks to Softengine Coffee One, Powered by SAPThis episode of the Expo 2019 Lectures podcast is supported by Softengine Coffee One, Powered by SAP.  Built upon SAP's business-leading Enterprise Resource Planning solution, Softengine Coffee One is designed specifically to quickly and easily take your small-to-medium coffee company working at any point along the coffee chain to the next level of success. Learn more about Softengine Coffee One at softengine.com, with special pricing available for SCA Members. Softengine: the most intelligent way to grow your business.Related LinksRead a full transcript of this episode on SCA NewsListen to other episodes of the SCA Podcast Learn more about the upcoming 2020 Lecture Series at the Specialty Coffee Expo Table of Contents0:00 Introduction3:20 Background to Erika Vonie and drop-shipping roasting company, Trade7:20 Specialty coffee drinkers are very diverse and often do not conform to our expectations; many value simple flavor descriptors.15:30 How Trade creates easy-to-understand flavor groups and which are the most popular amongst their customers35:30 How specialty coffee should bring more people into the fold by embracing dark roasted coffees40:00 Audience questions51:50 Outro--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/specialty-coffee-association-podcast/message
The process for brewing coffee appears simple: One pours hot water over some coffee grounds, and then drinks the liquid that passes through a filter. This superficial perspective, however, belies a sequence of complicated physical and chemical processes that govern the quality of the resulting beverage.In today’s lecture, Professor Bill Ristenpart discusses the origins of the "Coffee Brewing Control Chart" widely used to interpret the quality of drip brew coffee and how several implicit assumptions in the derivation of the chart yield questionable interpretations in current practice. Also discussed are several unanswered questions regarding drip coffee brewing that are the subject of ongoing sustained research efforts at the UC Davis Coffee Center.Special Thanks to Softengine Coffee One, Powered by SAPThis episode of the Expo 2019 Lectures podcast is supported by Softengine Coffee One, Powered by SAP.  Built upon SAP's business-leading Enterprise Resource Planning solution, Softengine Coffee One is designed specifically to quickly and easily take your small-to-medium coffee company working at any point along the coffee chain to the next level of success. Learn more about Softengine Coffee One at softengine.com, with special pricing available for SCA Members. Softengine: the most intelligent way to grow your business.Related LinksRead more about this research in Issue 8 of 25 MagazineRead a full transcript of this episode on SCA NewsListen to other episodes of the SCA Podcast Learn more about the upcoming 2020 Lecture Series at the Specialty Coffee Expo Table of Contents0:00 Introduction2:50 An overview of the academic work taking place at the UC Davis Coffee Centre and Bill's personal journey in coffee15:00 The results of Bill Ristenpart’s study of flat-bottomed baskets vs semi-conical baskets using discrimination testing46:20 The results of the same study that used a sensory descriptive analysis framework and consumer preference testing57:25 Audience questions1:05:40 Outro--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/specialty-coffee-association-podcast/message
Today, we’re very happy to present the third episode of the “The Role of Innovation and Technical Advancement,” a session recorded at Re:co Symposium this past April. This session explored and evaluated advances in innovation positioned to make an impact within our industry as we work to resolve the coffee price crisis.If you haven’t listened to the previous episodes in this series, we strongly recommend going back to listen before you continue with this episode.Global Coffee Platform members and Country Platform stakeholders have united in new ways to tackle the economic viability of coffee farming at scale. Innovative collaborations, including National Coffee Sustainability Curricula, the Country Platform Global Congress, and Global Coffee Platform Member Initiatives are bringing sustainability champions together in pre-competitive partnerships to amplify investments and achieve more resilient, productive and profitable coffee farming communities. We all rely upon profitable coffee farming to support our thriving global industry. Here, Carlos Brando and Veronica Herlina share how Global Coffee Platform members are pioneering a neutral, pre-competitive organization where both private and public sustainability stakeholders actively create a common roadmap and actionable agendas to move our shared, critical sustainability strategies forward faster.Special Thanks to ToddyThis talk from Re:co Boston is supported by Toddy. For over 50 years, Toddy brand cold brew systems have delighted baristas, food critics, and regular folks alike. By extracting all the natural and delicious flavors of coffee and tea, Toddy Cold Brew Systems turn your favorite coffee beans and tea leaves into fresh cold brew concentrates, that are ready to serve and enjoy. Learn more about Toddy at http://www.toddycafe.com.Related LinksRead a full transcript of this episode on SCA NewsWatch the full videoWatch all the Re:co 2019 sessions on YouTubeRead about our 2019 SpeakersTable of Contents0:00 Introduction2:45 How the Global Coffee Platform supports small farmers who only earn 25% of the FOB export price8:30 How the Global Coffee Platform helps countries create a language of sustainability to support major charitable investment projects in coffee-growing countries, identifying "low-hanging fruit" sustainability gaps15:20 Testimonials from Uganda, Kenya, and Vietnam on how the Global Coffee Platform operates in their countries20:45 Veronica Herlina on how the Global Coffee Platform operates in Indonesia and adapts to local conditions40:45 Outro--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/specialty-coffee-association-podcast/message
Today, we’re very happy to present the second episode of “Growing Consumption: Letting Go of Sameness,” a session recorded at Re:co Symposium this past April. We’ve grown accustomed to specialty coffee consumption growing at a fast pace, but some signs indicate it may be slowing. This session convened experts to ask: What could we stand to gain if we became more diverse in our approaches and offerings?If you haven’t listened to the previous episode in this series, we strongly recommend going back to listen before you continue with this episode.As the majority of specialty coffee consumption lies in the US, EU, and East Asia, “producing” countries have solely - and strategically - focused export, intending to increase demand in “consuming” countries. However, the main cities of Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, and Rwanda, have all seen an increase in specialty coffee shops and overall coffee culture, following the steps of the waves of the coffee industry. In some cases, with the current low coffee prices, it has become more attractive for coffee producers to sell their coffee on the national market, where the price they receive for their coffee is higher than or equal than that of exporting. Are these markets enough of an opportunity for specialty coffee growers? What is the real potential? Should producers invest their efforts in their countries, and what can the sector do to facilitate these opportunities? Vera Espindola Rafael shares the intriguing early results of a study into domestic consumption of specialty coffee.Special Thanks to ToddyThis talk from Re:co Boston is supported by Toddy. For over 50 years, Toddy brand cold brew systems have delighted baristas, food critics, and regular folks alike. By extracting all the natural and delicious flavors of coffee and tea, Toddy Cold Brew Systems turn your favorite coffee beans and tea leaves into fresh cold brew concentrates, that are ready to serve and enjoy. Learn more about Toddy at http://www.toddycafe.com.Related LinksWatch Vera's supporting videos: "Consumption in Producing Cities," "Consumer Habits in Mexico," and "Sourcing Coffee" Read "Drinking Local," an interview with Vera in 25 about her researchWatch all the Re:co 2019 sessions on YouTubeRead about our 2019 SpeakersTable of Contents0:00 Introduction3:00 Coffee producing countries need to grow their domestic consumption to keep more value of their coffee’s value within their countries8:20 Brazilians, Mexicans, and Colombians are consuming a lot more of their own coffee13:20 Specialty cafe owners in Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico are motivated by offering their customers the best coffee their countries have to offer and pay sustainable prices to their producers. The producers find business is easier selling to cafes in their own country17:50 Even though Brazilians, Colombians, and Mexicans have a GDP per capita of less than US$10,000 per annum, many are willing to spend their money on specialty coffee22:00 Despite these strengths, coffee is still a niche segment with low volume. But Vera believes there is scope to develop these specialty coffee industries further--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/specialty-coffee-association-podcast/message
Today, we’re very happy to present the first episode of “Growing Consumption: Letting Go of Sameness,” a session recorded at Re:co Symposium this past April. We’ve grown accustomed to specialty coffee consumption growing at a fast pace, but some signs indicate it may be slowing. This session convened experts to ask: What could we stand to gain if we became more diverse in our approaches and offerings?Session Host Phyllis Johnson begins with a study by the National Coffee Association indicating that specialty coffee consumption is slowing among our current target market before bringing Red Bay Coffee’s Keba Konte to the stage. Together, they discuss how to ensure specialty coffee is a vehicle for diversity, inclusion, economic restoration, entrepreneurship, and environmental sustainability.Special Thanks to ToddyThis talk from Re:co Boston is supported by Toddy. For over 50 years, Toddy brand cold brew systems have delighted baristas, food critics, and regular folks alike. By extracting all the natural and delicious flavors of coffee and tea, Toddy Cold Brew Systems turn your favorite coffee beans and tea leaves into fresh cold brew concentrates, that are ready to serve and enjoy. Learn more about Toddy at http://www.toddycafe.com.Related LinksWatch the full videoWatch all the Re:co 2019 sessions on YouTubeRead about our 2019 SpeakersTable of Contents0:00 Introduction2:15 Introduction to the Re:co series of talks about thinking differently and that gourmet coffee consumption is growing amongst American minorities, but declining amongst caucasian Americans9:00 An introduction to Keba Konta and Red Bay Coffee and his experiencing having a multicultural leadership32:45 Outro--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/specialty-coffee-association-podcast/message
Today, we’re very happy to present the fifth and final episode of “Value Chains: Transparency and Market Linkages,” a session recorded at Re:co Symposium this past April. Acknowledging that this isn’t the first coffee price crisis, this session brought leaders together to ask: How successful were the tools we employed previously? What new tools offer potential solutions?If you haven’t listened to the previous episodes in this series, we strongly recommend going back to listen before you continue with this episode.Insurance is a common financial instrument, but often misunderstood. Today’s speaker, Greg Low, asks: What is insurance’s role in building resilient business models? New developments in insurance solutions can transform how risk is managed, understood, and priced. From crop insurance to weather insurance, new financing models are unlocking possibilities for agricultural supply chains.Special Thanks to ToddyThis talk from Re:co Boston is supported by Toddy. For over 50 years, Toddy brand cold brew systems have delighted baristas, food critics, and regular folks alike. By extracting all the natural and delicious flavors of coffee and tea, Toddy Cold Brew Systems turn your favorite coffee beans and tea leaves into fresh cold brew concentrates, that are ready to serve and enjoy. Learn more about Toddy at http://www.toddycafe.com.Related LinksRead a full transcript of this episode on SCA NewsWatch the full Re:co video on YouTubeWatch all the Re:co 2019 sessions on YouTubeRead about our 2019 SpeakersTable of Contents0:00 Introduction2:15 The history of insurance and how it works7:30 How insurance relates to the coffee sector9:25 How the insurance industry helps agricultural producers generally17:45 What do the initiatives in agricultural insurance mean for coffee producers?--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/specialty-coffee-association-podcast/message
Today on the podcast we’re sharing the audio from an interactive webinar we hosted last week, part of our series on the Coffee Price Crisis.SCA board member Vera Espindola Rafael and Fairtrade International’s Peter Kettler joined Vicente Partida for a discussion on issues related to farmer incomes, the work of Fairtrade, and research being conducted on costs of production. Vera and Peter also took questions from the audience.After listening to this podcast, if you’re interested in learning more about the work that the staff and volunteers of the SCA’s price crisis team have been working on, please visit sca.coffee/pricecrisis. Related LinksWatch the video of this webinar on YouTubeDownload Fairtrade's Living Income Strategy document (PDF)Learn more about SCA's Price Crisis Response Initiative--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/specialty-coffee-association-podcast/message
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