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Coffee Foundations, Barista Level 1 & Exam April 10-11, 2017


Essential information, education and training for any barista or coffee professional.

April 10-11, 2017

8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Ally Coffee - 250 Mill Street - Taylors, South Carolina

Lunch and snacks provided both days.

Register here: Registration


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New SCA Curricula July 2017

Education, Unification, and You

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Upcoming Classes December 2016 - February 2017

2017 Schedule:  Training, Education and Professional Development Courses

Look to Ally Coffee Lab in 2017 to be an extension of your coffee training and education department!  

This year in addition to the SCA...

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Visit Ally Coffee at New York Coffee Festival

Ally Coffee is excited to participate in the 2nd annual New York Coffee Festival! Friday, September 16th – Sunday, ...

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AB Black Currant: Kenya Coffee Medley

Often, good things only get better when combined together. Our Kenya AB Black Currant is an excellent example of how excellent coffees improve when they are combined to create a dynamic flavor profile.  Currently on offer are additional Kenya lots from Nyeri and Murang’a that showcase the work of a single co-op and location, but this particular blend is the perfect d...

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Rooftop Cold Brew Tasting in NYC

Last week Ally Coffee hosted an interactive farm tour and blind cold brew tasting competition at the one-acre rooftop urban farm Brooklyn Grange in Long Island City, Queens. 

The tour was immediately hands on, with roasters, baristas, family members, and everyone else getting down to work staking young pepper plants to prevent uprooting in the st...

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Barista Pathways Course at Ally Coffee in South Carolina

Sharpen your skills and master your craft with the SCAA Barista Pathway Level 1 course happening THIS WEEK — Wednesday, May 4th to Friday, May 6th at Ally Coffee’s Specialty Coffee Headquarters and Training Lab in Taylors, SC.

The SCAA is the coffee industry’s most respected trade guild, and completion of the Barista Pathway is the ideal way to ho...

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28th Annual SCAA Expo 2016

This year's 28th Annual SCAA Expo saw the unprecedented convergence of people from all sectors of the coffee industry and Ally was excited to be in the thick of it.  

Ally's debut Expo booth featured a circular design that showcased cuppings hosted...

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Ally Hosts 11th Annual SERC

Ally Coffee’s Specialty Division Headquarters and Lab in Taylors, South Carolina welcomed the spring season by hosting the 11th Annual Southeast Roasters’ Consortium, a gathering of coffee professionals from Florida to Virginia. 

This edition of the Consortium brought together more than 30 roasters, baristas, and coffee people for a weekend of cupping, coffee ...

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Costa Rica Origin Trip

Last week seven roasters, shop owners and green buyers representing California, DC and New York joined Ally Coffee specialty division team members to share in the experience of Costa Rican coffee production. 

As a group we were collectively humbled and impressed by the dedicated work producers undertake to deliver superior microlot coffees. Growing and processing specialt...

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Facilitating Producer Visits to Consuming Countries

Everyone in the coffee industry--from green buyers through baristas--gains invaluable insight when they travel to origin and meet with farmers. When the process is inverted, pr...

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SCAA Instructor Development Program

On July 13, 2015 at our Specialty Coffee Headquarters in Taylor, SC we will be hosting an Instructor Development Program for all of those who are interested.  This class can benefit you if you are interested in volunteering to teach through the SCAA, wanting to increase quality and delivery of training to colleagues and employees, and developing instructional design in your own companies.

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New Office Brewing in Greenville

We are excited to announce that Ally will be opening a new office in Greenville, South Carolina. Ricardo Pereira and Alex Medina will be leading the new office and will be handling grading, sampling, and sales of specialty coffee. It will also be a SCAA certified lab open to the coffee industry as a resource. We are looking forward to offering public cuppings; roasting, brewing and espresso preparation classes; and providing in depth information about coffee growers to really encompass the seed ...

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Exploring the region of Fraijanes, Guatemala

The region of Fraijanes is located north of Lake Amatitlán in the mountains surrounding the Valley of Ermita where Guatemala City is located. Volcanic pumice soil, high altitudes, plenty of rain, and an active volcano characterize the region. Recent volcanic activity from El Volcán Pacaya has deposited ashes rich in minerals in this area; in addition, the soils of Fraijanes have high concentrations of potassium lending body to the cup, and making Fraijanes an ideal coffee-growing region. Whi...

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Expert Insights -- On Direct Trade by Ashley Prentice

In the past years the trend for direct trade has increased, and in contrast, the definition of it has become ambiguous and even misused. While direct trade is not a regulated certification, and the definition and practices may vary from buyer to buyer, the essence of what it should represent is ‘The Direct negotiation of terms and prices between a buyer and the farmer that grew the coffee. ‘ Ideally I mig...

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Trace Your Coffees!

Along with Ally’s vision of connecting Roasters with Specialty Coffee Producers, our new website will allow anyone to trace coffees by region, varietal, producer, certifications, and warehouse. As we continue to promote specialty coffee producers, we believe it is important to share the information about regions and growing practices so that this can be passed along to the final customer. As consumers get educated, they are demanding sustainable products, and this is now going beyond a single ...

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An Emerging Specialty Coffee Region in Brazil: Montanhas Do Espirito Santo

During the past years, Brazilian producers have been investing into quality. If you have visited Brazil recently, it is evident that many producers are engaging in meticulous procedures in their coffee processing and growing practices. When one producer finds ways to get rewarded for quality and innovative practices, this can have a domino effect on neighboring farms. Hence, the emergence of new specialty regions. Still unknown by many coffee connoisseurs, the region of Espirito Santo, is an up...

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Expert Insights -- On Current Market Volatility by Andre Santos, Ally Coffee

It seems that for the past 5 months all coffee market followers heard about was the drought in Brazil and how it impacted the coffee output. Brazilian exporting companies and organizations have been releasing their crop estimates ranging from 39.5 to 55 million bags, which caused speculative funds and players to enter the futures market. The result was high volatility and prices oscillation from $1.15 to $2.15 per pound, which represents $1 variance or about $132 per 60 kg bag. Brazil’s Na...

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Ally Lounge at the SCAA

Photobooth with the Seagals, Alex Bannister, and Brazilian Samba Dancers at the SCAA 2014 in Seattle, WA...

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