Online Courses for Coffee Professionals, SCAA, Cupping Competition deadline
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2016 Hawaii Coffee Association Meeting Schedule

Remember, you can join meetings online. Contact us to join.
All meetings start at 9:30 a.m.
4/13, 5/11, 6/8, 7/14 (HCA CONFERENCE), 8/10, 9/14, 10/12, 11/9, 12/14

This meeting schedule will also be available at

Online Courses for Coffee Professionals


$100 - 200 OFF Boot Camp Coffee Pro, for a limited time

This month I had the chance to persuade the staff at Boot Camp Coffee into giving HCA members a special discount for Boot's online coffee courses. The discount lasts for just a limited time, so sign up soon! 

Boot Camp Coffee courses provide remote video learning covering:
Coffee Roasting
Coffee Quality Evaluation 

For H.C.A. members: $100 OFF
For H.C.A. members attending the Annual H.C.A. Conference in July: $200 OFF

View Course

To receive the discount code, email your H.C.A. membership details to:

Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) Sponsorship

Aloha members, 
The HCA will be exhibiting at the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) Annual Convention on April 15-17, 2016 in Atlanta, GA. 

This is anually the world's  largest Specialty Coffee convention  and an excellent way to increase your brand exposure to all levels of the domestic and international coffee industry.  
We have obtained a prime location near the entrance. In addition we will run an ad in Roast Magazine during the show highlighting our booth location, and we will also have demos using different brewing methods at the exhibit.

All trade leads will be forwarded to members after the show.

We have sponsorship availability for those wanting to feature their coffee with name identification during the show:
Cost: $200.00

Includes literature display

Brewing/serving your coffee during exhibit, featuring high-quality brew methods (cold brew, pour over, chemex) by professional baristas

Dedicated air pot (rotated w/other sponsors during show) with your name displayed.

Friday, April 8th.
We will need coffee/product submissions, literature and sponsorship checks
5 lbs whole bean coffee (or coffee-related products) and literature from your company

If you would like to participate, or have additional questions, please contact Ralph Gaston at

8th Annual Statewide Cupping Competition


July 16, 2016
Kona Marriott Courtyard, Kailua-Kona, HI
Sponsored by the Hawaii Coffee Association


Cupping entry deadline is April 27, 2016.

Please review the announcement and entry form here.

Cupping sponsorship opportunities are here.

Almost as soon as the annual conference ended in July we began planning for the next one. Last year was a big hit! The presentations were engaging and attendees reported leaving with actionable information on producing better coffees. 
This year's presentations include:
- Quality Coffee Processing Workshop
- Shipping Logistics
- Social Media & Ecommerce Review
- Barista Demo
- Cupping Workshops
- Legal Information
- Optical Sorter / Farm-level Equipment Demo
- Roasting Workshop

If you have any questions after reviewing these materials, please contact:

Greg Stille, 808-280-5603,

David Gridley, 808-280-1623,

Q Grader Training & Exam: Honolulu, Hawaii


The course is scheduled for June 27- July 2. Seats are extremely limited. 
To learn more about what goes down during a Q Grader Training & Exam course, visit 
About the Q.

$ 1,995

Sign Up


A small commercial-grade coffee grinder for a gift & specialty grocery store located on the Big Island. If you have one for sale, please email




The purpose of Roast Ratings is to give a fair, unbiased, and professional evaluation of every coffee, and to rate those coffees in a simple and approachable way. The company was co-founded by 2013 World Barista Champion, two time U.S. Barista Champion & coffee consultant Pete Licata, and Certified Q-grader & consultant Holly Bastin.
To participate, register with Roast Ratings here. When you're ready to submit your coffee, be sure to tell them you're an H.C.A. member and, of course, thank them for your discount. They will validate that your name is on the membership list and direct you how to proceed. 


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