Minute Notes - March 8, 2018 - 5pm EST

Attending: Josh, Sam, Adam, Mike, Jen

Ottawa Eastern Regional:

  • Equipment from ECM is on its way to Bridgehead
  • Dalla Corte shiping tables
  • Gabriel may be able to help with coordination. Wes and Adam can also help.
  • Josh handle communications
  • Need to talk to the venue people, and order water.
  • Zuccarini and Christina will be there at 8am on the 15th
  • Jen will send a list of previous roaster sponsors from the East
  • Little Victories to host a party on Thursday night


  • Sam is doing a site visit March 9th with Grant
  • There will be a volunteer call out next Tuesday at Boxcar Social - cancelled
  • AeroPress competition and Barista Competition in one venue? Application is being submitted
  • Hario x Eight Ounce hosted after party
  • Debated having Brewers Cup and Cup Tasters on the same weekend. Decided to just have cup tasters as it is easier to organize. Adam will call out for volunteers to organize it. No Brewers Cup this year - tentative
  • No one has come forward about the marketing position yet. We need to reach out to those who might be interested. The deadline will be extended if need be.

Next Thursday's conference call to be skipped, next meeting will be the 22nd.

SCA Canada's Position on Events in the U.A.E. and Brazil

RE: Deferred Candidacy Policy for Competitors at World Championships

Yesterday, the Specialty Coffee Association’s Board of Directors and Review Panel, after several weeks of conversation and contemplation, announced their decision to go forward with hosting multiple World Coffee Events in countries with oppressive policies and violent attitudes towards the LGBTQIA+ community.

In the wake of that decision, the Canadian Chapter of the SCA would like to affirm our unequivocal support for all members of our community and the coffee community at large. The SCA’s decision does not align with our Chapter’s steadfast belief in the principles of equity and inclusivity, and places the burden of responsibility onto those who are most endangered by it.

As the Chapter’s elected coordinators, we have unanimously resolved to not send Canadian competitors to the following events: 

  • World Cup Tasters Championship and World Brewers Cup in Dubai, UAE (16 - 18 September 2018)
  • World Latte Art Championship and the World Coffee in Good Spirits Championships in Brazil (November 2018)

We cannot, in good conscience, ask our members to choose between compromising their safety, disclosing unnecessarily, not competing in the first place, or any of the other options this policy might require. We believe our community is worth more than deferment requests and qualifying circumstances. As a Chapter, we must stand for human rights for all. 

For 2018, our plan is to still hold regional competitions and national championships for the affected events, but the Chapter will not be sending competitors to the international events in Dubai and Brazil. Additionally, our national competitions will be open to any and all participants from around the world who would prefer not to participate in those championships. We believe that coffee can be a medium for affecting positive change in the world and are proud to be a part of that change. If anyone has any comments or concerns, we can be reached at ocanadasca@gmail.com.


Love and Respect,

Josh Hockin         Sam Le         Vania Ling           Adam Pesce       Mike Strumpf

Edmonton Welcomes the 2017 Barista Competition of Western Canada  

An invitation for the coffee-curious to experience the most northern barista competition in North America

Edmonton, Alberta - July 27, 2017: The Barista Competition of Western Canada will take place for the first time in Edmonton on Sunday, July 30th . This year, 11 competitors Western Qualifiers will be going head-to-head at Transcend Coffee Ritchie Café during the public event, battling to qualify for the 2017 Nationals. Within less that 15 minutes, each barista will create a set of three espresso-based drinks and present to selected sensory judges.

Simply, the competitors will be tasked with impressing the judges with the use of espresso, cappuccino (or milk-based drink), and a special signature drink that highlights the flavours of the origin of the coffee. Judges for the competition have attended an online training course and will rigorously prepare with several espressos to hone and calibrate their taste buds the day before competition. The feedback they provide helps baristas improve their skills, push professionalism and innovation, and further bring the industry together.

The 11 competitors are:

  • Calvin Kuo, Rocanini Coffee Roasters, Vancouver BC
  • Alexander Tarrant, Odyssey Coffeehouse, Calgary AB
  • Jordan Jeschke, Transcend Coffee, Edmonton AB
  • Kris Wu, Swiss Water Decaffeinated Coffee Company, Burnaby BC
  • Nelson Phu, Rosso Coffee Roasters, Calgary AB
  • Ayaka Honda, Vancouver BC
  • Jill Hoff, Monogram Coffee Calgary AB
  • Ben Put, Monogram Coffee, Calgary AB
  • David Kim, Phil & Sebastian, Calgary AB
  • Tyler Clark, Transcend Coffee, Edmonton AB
  • Cole Torode, Rosso Coffee Roasters, Calgary AB

The top eight competitors advance to Nationals in Vancouver and the winner will represent Canada at the World Barista Championship in Seoul, South Korea in November, 2017.


A Public Invitation – Complimentary Admission

Friends, families, coffee-curious and hungry-humans are encouraged to attend the competition, participate in the festivities, and taste some of the delicious competition coffee.

Time: 11 am - 4 pm

Location: Transcend Coffee Ritchie Café, The Richie Market

Address: 9570 76 Avenue NW

Hashtag: #LetsWQBC



Media interviews with head Judges, Mike Strumpf and Josh Hockin (Canadian Barista Champion 2011) can be scheduled during judge training on Saturday.  Three-time Canadian Barista Champion, Ben Put will also be returning to defend the title this weekend, after representing Canada on the world stage at the 2014, 2015, 2016 World Barista Competition.


Volunteers Needed

The Specialty Coffee Association Canada is looking for vibrant and coffee-loving volunteers to help out during the competition. Positions include stage runners and helpers. Any support provided will help make this a memorable Edmontonian welcome!


About Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) - Canadian Chapter

Specialty Coffee Association, Canadian chapter, was officially formed in May and is part of the international member association of SCA. The purpose for SCA is to bring together the specialty coffee industry and to serve the community with transparency and inclusion.

The Canadian chapter is building new communication channels  to engage the specialty coffee industry and consumers within Canada to educate, collaborate, and inform as one united support system. The SCA Canadian chapter is a volunteer-based organization.


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