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What Is The SCAA And Why Is It Important?

The Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) is a trade organization focused on all of the aspects of making great coffee. The association hosts events, sponsors coffee-related guilds, provides educational courses and promotes sustainable growing. If you're a coffee aficionado, you need to check them out.

Barista Competitions
Think you've got what it takes to be one of the best baristas in the country? In the upcoming SCAA sponsored competition in Kansas City, to be held the first week of February, competitors will be tested on their ability to quickly make delicious drinks in three categories: espresso, cappuccino and signature drink. Drinks are judged by four sensory judges, two technical judges and one head judge. Each drink is rated on by its taste and presentation and competitors are judged on the technical knowledge of the equipment. Each participant has to use the same machine, but you can get started at home by using the Mr. Coffee® Café Barista to make world-class drinks from the comfort of your own kitchen.

Coffee making can be a work of art.Coffee-making can be a work of art.

The SCAA sponsors two membership organizations, the Barista Guild of America and the Roaster's Guild. Each group offers educational courses about their respective trades. The guilds seek to foster communities of people who are passionate about making coffee. If you're the type of coffee lover that likes to get into the technical details of making coffee at home, you might want to consider joining a guild to up your skills and get help from a great community. Classes take place online and in locations around the world. Topics range from roasting coffee to marketing and even packing beans. There's a course for every niche of the coffee industry. Click here to learn more.

Sustainable growing will keep our cups full for decades to come.Sustainable growing will keep our cups full for decades to come.

All coffee fans love to drink coffee - and they want to continue to do so for a long time. Sustainability is what makes that a reality, so the SCAA promotes environmentally friendly growing methods and works to make sure farmers receive their fair share of the profits. Coffee beans that are up to the standards of the SCAA have very few defects and are tested from a sample to determine whether or not they can qualify as a specialty coffee. Once the beans leave the fields and head out into the world, the SCAA has other programs to ensure that coffee consumption does not negatively impact the water supply. It also works to prevent waste and promote recycling efforts. The Mr. Coffee® Coffeemaker Gold Tone Permanent Filter is another great way to reduce waste. It's easy to clean and lasts a long time.