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#31: Re:co Podcast - Selena Ahmed on the Impact of Climate Change (Session 4, Episode 2)

1/14/2019
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This is second episode of “Harnessing the Power of Science,” a session recorded at Re:co Symposium this past April. The main focus of this session was to learn about new developments in coffee science and explore how Specialty Coffee can engage with the scientific enterprise for the benefit of all of us. If you haven’t listened to episode #30, we strongly recommend going back to listen to it before you continue with this episode. On this episode of the Re:co Podcast, we are pleased to...

Duration:00:23:24

#30: Re:co Podcast - Dr. Britta Folmer on Harnessing the Power of Science

1/10/2019
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Dr. Britta Folmer, Scientific Affairs Manager within the Regulatory and Scientific Affairs department of Nestle Nespresso SA, explains how science can improve coffee's value chain, with a particular focus on coffee consumption as a part of a healthy lifestyle. This is the first episode from “Harnessing the Power of Science”, a session at Re:co Symposium 2018. The main focus of this session was to learn about new developments in coffee science and explore how Specialty Coffee can engage with...

Duration:00:19:38

#29: Re:co Podcast - Changing Tides: Building Diverse and Inclusive Communities (Session 3, Ep. 3)

1/7/2019
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Today, we’re very happy to present the third and final episode of the Changing Tides session, recorded at Re:co Symposium this past April. The main focus of this session was to have those often difficult conversations around diversity and inclusivity in our coffee communities. If you haven’t listened to episodes #27 and #28, we strongly recommend going back to listen to those before you continue with this episode. This talk from Re:co Seattle is supported by Toddy. For over 50 years, Toddy...

Duration:01:14:33

#28: Re:co Podcast - Michelle Johnson on Building Diverse and Inclusive Communities

1/7/2019
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Today, we’re very happy to present episode two of the Changing Tides session, recorded at Re:co Symposium this past April. The main focus of this session was to have those often difficult conversations around diversity and inclusivity in our coffee communities. If you haven’t listened to episode #27, we strongly recommend going back to listen to it before you continue with this episode. On this episode of the Re:co Podcast, we are pleased to welcome Michelle Johnson, Writer and Social Media...

Duration:00:53:22

#27: Re:co Podcast - Changing Tides: Building Diverse and Inclusive Coffee Communities, Episode 1

1/7/2019
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On this episode of the Re:co Podcast, Peter Guiliano speaks with Colleen Anunu, Director of Coffee Supply Chain at Fair Trade USA and member of the SCA Board of Directors. After leaving the sensory world for a master's degree in International Development at Cornell University, Colleen now works to advance equitable trade initiatives as Director of Coffee Supply Chain at Fair Trade USA, where she leads strategic research focused on impact and production economics, grant-funded partnerships...

Duration:00:55:59

#26: Re:co Podcast - Andre de Freitas on Trends in Sustainable Sourcing

10/22/2018
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On this episode of the Re:co Podcast, Kim Elena Ionescu speaks to Andre de Freitas, Executive Director of the Sustainable Agriculture Network. Andre has over 20 years of experience working with sustainability initiatives, with a focus on responsible sourcing and certification in agriculture and forestry. He led the development of the first sustainability policy and implementation systems for Rabobank in Brazil, served as the executive director of the Brazilian NGO IMAFLORA, and as the...

Duration:00:36:32

#25: Guatemala After the Fuego Eruption

10/15/2018
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On June 3rd, an unexpected eruption of the Fuego volcano in Guatemala killed more than a hundred people and caused many more to evacuate. Guatemala is home to tens of thousands of smallholder coffee farms, many of which have been directly affected. A few weeks ago, Kim Elena Ionescu, SCA’s Chief Research Officer, spoke to Alejandro Molina, Sustainability and Market Access Coordinator at ANACAFE, Guatemala’s national coffee association. They spoke on the phone about the eruptions and of what...

Duration:00:22:33

#24: Re:co Podcast - Vava Angwenyi on Building an Alternative Narrative for Kenya's Coffee Farmers

9/4/2018
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On this episode of the Re:co Podcast, Kim Elena Ionescu speaks with Vava Angweni, Founder & Chief Coffaholic at Vava Coffee Ltd, and Co-Founder & Director of Gente Del Futuro. Vava sources coffee from farmers in Kenya and around East Africa, and most recently has worked with Fairtrade Africa to develop and launch two brands Zawadi Coffee (the first Fairtrade Certified women owned coffee in Kenya) and Kipkelion union coffee. At Re:co Symposium in April, Vava used the story of that project to...

Duration:00:42:46

#23: Re:co Podcast - Sustainability: Changing Everything Except the Goal

8/23/2018
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Kim Elena Ionescu moderates a panel with Merling Preza, Alejandro Cadena, Lee Wallace, and Molly Laverty at Re:co Symposium in Seattle in April 2018. In this week's episode of the podcast, Peter Giuliano speaks with Kim Elena about the introductory sustainability panel, which covered a wide range of topics including the reduction in the profitability of coffee farms, the changes in prices coffee buyers offer to coffee farmers, and the need for industry investment in research. Over the next...

Duration:00:49:19

#22: Re:co Podcast - Andrea Illy on the Global Economics of Coffee

7/10/2018
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This week's episode of the Re:co Podcast features Illycaffè Chairman Andrea Illy speaking at Re:co Seattle in April 2018. Over his long career, Andrea has established an identity as a leader, thinker, and creative mind in coffee. We asked Andrea to contribute a talk on the complex economics of coffee and the future of coffee to this year’s Re:co, and he generously agreed to participate. Peter Giuliano caught up with Andrea after the event for a conversation recorded exclusively for the...

Duration:00:47:00

#21: Re:co Podcast - Ric Rhinehart on the Future for Specialty Coffee

6/11/2018
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Welcome to the Re:co podcast, a new series where we’ll be sharing talks and discussions from Re:co Symposium, SCA’s premier event dedicated to amplifying the voices of those who are driving specialty coffee forward. We’ll also be having special interviews with the speakers themselves, learning more about their perspectives and innovations. This episode from Re:co Seattle in April 2018 features SCA Executive Director Ric Rhinehart. We have a little tradition at Re:co, when Ric gives an annual...

Duration:00:31:53

#20: Re:co Podcast - The State and Future of the Coffee Economy

6/4/2018
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Welcome to the very first Re:co podcast, a new series where we’ll be sharing talks and discussions from Re:co Symposium, SCA’s premier event dedicated to amplifying the voices of those who are driving specialty coffee forward. We’ll also be having special interviews with the speakers themselves, learning more about their perspectives and innovations. In this first episode of the Re:co Podcast, David Griswold moderates a panel with Lindsey Bolger, Phyllis Johnson, Teddy Esteve, Christine...

Duration:00:45:25

#19: The Science of Coffee Freshness

5/16/2018
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This week on the SCA Podcast, we feature a talk by Samo Smrke, Research Scientist at the Coffee Excellence Center of the Zurich University of Applied Sciences. Samo covers research he conducted in collaboration with the SCA on the effects of carbon dioxide degassing on coffee freshness and espresso extraction. Research by Samo and his colleagues at the Coffee Excellence Center can be found in the SCA’s newly published Coffee Freshness Handbook, a publication that contributes to the body of...

Duration:00:54:14

#18: Should Coffee Be Treated Like Wine?

5/7/2018
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This week on the SCA Podcast, Felipe Croce of Fazenda Ambiental Fortaleza, a coffee farm in the state of São Paulo in Brazil, talks about coffee fermentation and asks, “Should coffee be treated like wine?” Watch the video recording of this talk on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/udQNeGtdW_Y. This week’s episode was recorded at the Roaster Guild of Europe’s Roaster Camp, which took place in October of last year in the city of Poznan in Poland. Since then, the Roaster Guild of Europe and the...

Duration:01:00:40

#17: 10 Years of Re:co Symposium

4/17/2018
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This week on the SCA Podcast, we're celebrating the 10th anniversary of Re:co Symposium, SCA's annual event dedicated to high-level discussions in specialty coffee. Peter Giuliano, SCA's Chief Research Officer and Director of Re:co, joins us to talk about the role of the event in the industry and to present two talks by Dr. Aaron Davis, a botanist and Senior Research Leader of Plant Resources at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. In the first talk we’ll listen to from 2013, recorded at Re:co...

Duration:00:48:48

#16: The Building Blocks of a Cafe

4/9/2018
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This episode of the SCA Podcast features Ralf Rueller, speaking at CoLab: Belfast in November 2017 about the essential factors to consider when planning a new cafe. Since 2010, Ralf and his team at The Barn Coffee Roasters have been doing pioneering work in Berlin’s specialty coffee scene, exploring how to build an audience, lower barriers, and make specialty coffee work in the city. Join the Barista Guild of Europe at CoLab: Bucharest this 29-31 May, 2018! Learn more and register here:...

Duration:00:37:25

#15: Don't Hire Your Customers

4/2/2018
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This episode of the SCA Podcast features Ben Szobody speaking at CoLab: Belfast in November 2017 about the business and social benefits of hiring beyond the usual suspects. Ben leads an examination of employee retention in the industry and looks at what it takes to develop well-rounded employees who stay inspired and engaged. Join the Barista Guild of Europe at CoLab: Bucharest this 29-31 May, 2018! Learn more and register here: www.baristaguildofeurope.com/2018-bucharest/.

Duration:00:43:20

#14: The Culture of Fermentation

3/26/2018
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This episode of the SCA Podcast features Kathe Kaczmarzyck speaking at CoLab: Belfast in November 2017. Fermenting food and drinks has a long history with a variety of methods rooted in different cultures across the globe. In her talk, Kathe regales stories of her explorations to discover how the culture of fermentation benefits our health and wellbeing. Kathe is an avid fermentor currently residing in London. She works teaching fermentation, experiments with various processes, and studying...

Duration:00:36:51

#13: Building a Roasting Plant

1/23/2018
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In this episode of the SCA Podcast from the 2017 Specialty Coffee Expo, Andi Trindle, Director of Coffee at Philz Coffee (and member of the Coffee Roasters Guild Unification Committee) moderates a panel of coffee roasting professionals discussing the process of managing the building of a roasting plant. Learn how to manage the design, build out, and start-up of a roasting plant from experienced roasting companies. Andi and the panel review site and vendor selection, timelines, contractor...

Duration:01:06:38

#12: Coffee Botany 101

1/15/2018
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In this episode of the SCA Podcast from the 2017 Specialty Coffee Expo, SCA Coffee Science Manager Emma Sage talks about the scientific fundamentals all coffee professionals should understand about the coffee plant. Learn about how coffee genetics interact with environmental factors to influence yield and performance, the history of coffee breeding, the basics of coffee's anatomy and physiology, and listen to a lively discussion on the state of coffee research. This talk was presented live...

Duration:01:23:47