26 Apr '15, 8am

Rules of the New School: Thoughts on Education and Shaping the Future of Specialty Coffee

While the importance of training and education is indisputable, the real challenge educators are facing is how to best prepare incoming professionals for success in the field. We cannot simply teach what has worked for others—we must supply the tools that individuals need to create their own clear and salient points of view to offer their consumers. We need to teach the language of specialty coffee in an effort to build fluency, rather than requesting our students memorize and repeat formulas from others’ past successes. Additionally, it is our responsibility to create standards and resources that are inclusive, allow for diversity, and offer the capacity for different perspectives on specialty coffee. At the core, specialty coffees are not fungible commodities, but rather hold the potential for unique and distinctive experiences. It is imperative that we are cautious to a...

Full article: http://www.scaa.org/chronicle/2015/04/06/rules-of-the-new...

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