SCAJ2019, the biggest specialty coffee event in Asia!

SCAJ2019 Competitions
Seven competitions were held on the event stages and broadcasted on YouTube.
Archive videos of each competition are available for a limited time.
Japan Barista Championship (JBC) 2019
[Semifinal] September 11 Wed. 10:00 – 17:00
Event Stage C
[Final] September 12 Thu. 10:00 – 17:00
Event Stage C
The Japan Barista Championship (JBC) is a competition for evaluating Espresso Coffee. The competitors make four cups each of beverages in three kinds within 15 minutes time and serve these to the judges of each category. Through making Espresso, Milk Beverage and Original Drink called Signature Beverage, the competitors are judged all performances such as making beverages, serving them in addition to the tastes of coffee. The matured technique, fresh inspiration and passionate presentation are very impressive. Please enjoy this exciting competition in which 16 competitors who have passed the preliminary contests perform.
Japan Coffee In Good Spirits Championship 2019/2020
[Final] September 13 Fri. 10:00 – 16:00
Event Stage C
The Japan Coffee In Good Spirits Championship (JCIGSC) is a competition in which competitors create two coffee-and-alcohol based designer drinks and two Irish Coffees within 10 minutes. The drinks are tasted by judges who evaluate each Barista’s creativity, skills, management of stations, and presentation as well as the market potential of the drinks. Please come and see the performances of the Top 6 finishers from the preliminary rounds.
Japan Siphonist Championship 2019
[Final] September 11 Wed. 10:00 – 17:00
Event Stage A
The Japan Siphonist Championship (JSC) is a competition intended to educate and promote Specialty Coffee through Siphon Coffee. The Top 6 finishers from the preliminary rounds held over three days in Tokyo will participate in the final competition. The winner of the competition will represent Japan as the national champion in the World Siphonist Championship (WSC) to be held in Pu’er, China in March 2020. Please come and see the smooth and skillful techniques and their sophisticated performances of the competitors.
Japan Hand Drip Championship 2019
[Final] September 12 Thu. 10:00 – 17:00
Event Stage A
The Japan Hand Drip Championship (JHDC) is a specialized competition of “Hand Drip” which is the most popular extraction method in Japan in coffee shops as well as private homes. In the final round, the knowledge and techniques necessary to bring out best of the coffee beans and the professionalism to keep the taste at a consistently high level will be judged. All competitors will use the same whole bean coffee and designated equipment in order to fairly and accurately judge each competitor’s extraction technique. Please come and see up close the innovative “Hand Drip” extraction methods of the 14 competitors who have qualified at local competitions for the championship final.
Japan Brewers Cup 2019
[Final] September 13 Fri. 10:00 – 16:00
Event Stage A
The Japan Brewers Cup (JBrC) is a competition highlighting the craft of filter coffee brewing by hand as well as promoting manual coffee brewing and service excellence. During the final round competitors must complete two coffee services – a compulsory service and an open service. For the compulsory service, all competitors utilize the same whole bean coffee, grinder, and extract water to prepare coffee. For the open service, competitors may utilize any whole bean coffee of their choosing and must accompany their beverage service with a presentation which shows each competitor’s unique creativity. This competition highlights the ideas and extraction techniques that draw out the hidden potential of coffee. Please don’t miss it!
Japan Cup Tasters Championship 2019
[Semifinal & Final] September 13 Fri. 10:00 – 12:00
Event Stage B
The Japan Cup Tasters Championship (JCTC) rewards the professional coffee cupper who demonstrates speed, skill, and accuracy in distinguishing the differences in taste among specialty coffees. This competition requires the cuppers to discriminate among different coffee tastes using the senses of smell and taste as well as attention to detail. Competitors have a maximum of eight minutes to identify which cup of coffee from a set of three cups does not match the other two which are identical coffees. There will be eight sets of three cups in each round. The competitor with the most correct answers and the fastest time will be the winner. The rules are very simple, but the competition among the participants who much choose between focusing on speed or accuracy, is one of the highlights of this competition.
Roast Masters Team Challenge 2019
September 13 Fri. 13:00 – 16:00
Event Stage B
The Roast Masters Team Challenge (RMTC) is an exhibition that promotes information exchange and connections among roasters with the primary goal being development of roasting technology. Teams will be organized by each area, and be challenged to make specialty coffee that maximizes the potential of the beans they are provided by the competition organizers by repeatedly roasting and cupping. On the day of the competition, teams will share their ideal coffee creations along with the roasting profiles and other information to visitors who will taste, evaluate, and vote on their favorite coffee. Once again this year, the coffee beans used by each team will be available for sale.
Seminars Information
Pre-registration is required to attend seminar sessions. (Please note that there is no need to pre-register for stage events as all seating unreserved.) After completing the pre-registration process, please access “My Page” to apply for seminar sessions.
* Seminar room 1 and 2 are separated from the West Hall 4(Conference Tower B1).
* Seminar room 3 and 4 are on the mezzanine floor of West Hall 4.
Events & Seminars on September 11
Embassy of the Republic of Rwanda
Rwanda coffee -Present and Future-
Producing Country Seminar
 
to be registered
S-02 | 9.11 Wed 11:00 - 12:30 Seminar Room2(102)
■Seminar contents
We would like to explain an overview of Rwanda coffee from many different angels.. Also it describes the issues that producers have and how they are working to overcome them. Finally, we will discuss the social value and economic impact of coffee on Rwanda.
SCAJ Training Committee
Jamaica & Hawaii meets Coffee Meister 2019 & the 6th Annual "Blind Coffee Tasting Championship"
Stage Event
 
non-reserved seat
B-01 | 9.11 Wed 11:00 - 13:30 Event Stage B
■Seminar contents
【Producing Country Seminar & Event】
In the first part, the speaker from the coffee producing country will provide you with the latest information, focusing on the industry, varieties of coffee and processing methods. In the second part, the “Blind Coffee Tasting Championship” will be held by the SCAJ Training Committee. The event is for qualified SCAJ Coffee Meister to compete over cupping and sensory evaluation, and the participant with the most correct answers will win the championship by using the sudden victory method. The winner will be awarded with the title of “2019 Coffee Meister Blind Tasting Champion”. This is the event where you can have fun and learn the differences in basic coffee flavor and characteristics of producing countries.
Nucoffee
Beyond Coffee Processing Frontiers
SCAJ Special Seminar
 
to be registered
SS-1 | 9.11 Wed 11:00 - 12:30 Seminar Room3(Meeting Room3)
■Lecturer
Flávio Meira Borém (Professor, Universidade Federal de Lavras)
Kentaro Maruyama (Chairman, Specialty Coffee Association of Japan)
■Seminar contents
【Lecture & Tasting】
Is it possible to produce specialty coffee under the influence of chlorogenic acid?
Ethiopia-JICA Forest Coffee Project
Taste of Ethiopia Coffee as origin of Arabica
Producing Country Seminar
 
to be registered
S-03 | 9.11 Wed 12:30 - 14:00 Seminar Room1(101)
■Lecturer
Adugna Debela (Director General, Ethiopia Coffee and Tea Authority)
Gizat Worku (General Manager, Ethiopian Coffee Exporters Association)
■Seminar contents
【Lecture】
Overview of Ethiopia Coffee with their caharcteristics and production process will be introduced by representatives from the government and the exporters association. The newly developed Ethiopian National Coffee brand will be launced in this seminar with that logo and concept, which aims to enhance interest and trust of Ethiopian Coffee for Japanese coffee lovers. Outcome of forest coffee project by JICA will be explained.
Agenda:
1) Opening remarks (Ethiopian Embassy),
2) Overviw of Ethiopian Coffee (ECTA),
3) Launching of National Brand (ECEA),
4) Support for Forest Coffee (JICA)
SOFTPACK CO., LTD
Biodegradable high barrier coffee pouch
Corporate Seminar
 
to be registered
SS-2 | 9.11 Wed 13:00 - 14:30 Seminar Room3(Meeting Room3)
■Lecturer
Ha Kyoung Yu (CEO)
Hyung Won Yoon (Manager)
■Seminar contents
【Lecture】
The time has come to seriously consider the environment. Environmental problems are not just a problem, but a matter to be solved. The history of coffee packaging (design and shape).
Let's take a look at over 100 years of coffee packaging history. The essential elements of coffee packaging. The oxygen barrier material and the aroma fresh valve.
Effects of residual oxygen and moisture on coffee.
What is eco-friendly in coffee packaging? 1. Recycle 2. Reuse 3. Biodegradation
The biodegradable and high gas barrier coffee packaging (mainly PLANTIC™).
The packaging material with oxygen barrier property and biodegradable material that does not adversely affect the environment.
Colombian Coffee Growers Federation/Buencafé
Let's cheer up your thirst (Refreshners made with Colombian Premium Coffee)
Stage Presentation
 
non-reserved seat
B-02 | 9.11 Wed 14:00 - 16:00 Event Stage B
■Lecturer
Muramatsu Jiro (Soluble Coffee Manager)
■Seminar contents
【Lexture & Tasting】
Café de Colombia is delighted to introduce to the precious audience, 3 types of easy to preparerere refreshing beverages made with high end premiuim Colombian Coffees. An explanation about the coffees and ingredients used will be given durign the session.
BSCA - Brazil Specialty Coffee Association
Taste of the Harvest
Producing Country Seminar
 
Invitation Only
S-05 | 9.11 Wed 14:30 - 16:30  Seminar Room1(101)
■Lecturer
Vanusia Nogueira (Executive Director)
Carmem Lúcia Brito (BSCA President)
■Seminar contents
Presentation about BSCA and the current situation in Brazil hosted by the President and Executive Director of BSCA. The main focus is on producers who will exhibit their excellent coffees at BSCA Taste of Harvest 2019, covering details of their farms, harvesting and processing procedures. Cupping sessions of their coffee and Q&A. Approximately 30 lots will be exhibited. Exhibited lots are Pulped Natural and Natural coffees from the 2019/2020 crop.
Guatemalan Coffees
New generations experimenting with coffee processing
Producing Country Seminar
 
to be registered
S-06 | 9.11 Wed 15:00 - 16:30  Seminar Room2(102)
■Lecturer
Andrea Vergara (International Promotion for Guatemalan Coffees)
■Seminar contents
【Lecture & Tasting】
New generations of coffee growers in Guatemala are strongly committed to continue positioning Guatemala in the international market as a country that keeps up at the forefront with the market trends, thus experimenting beyond the traditional ways of processing coffee in order to achieve exotic cup profiles with a superior quality. To give a closer look and learn more, we invite you to join our Seminar on September 11th (Wed) from 15:00 - 16:30 hrs at Room 2 (Conference Tower 102).
http://www.guatemalancoffees.com/
SCAJ
Town and Café
SCAJ Special Seminar
 
to be registered
Fee: JPY 1,500
SS-3 | 9.11 Wed 15:00 - 16:30 Seminar Room3(Meeting Room3)
■Lecturer
Asato Izumi (Essayist)
■Seminar contents
【Lecturer】
I, Asato Izumi would talk about the episode of café and my thought from my experience of walking in Tokyo and traveling around the world.
Events & Seminars on September 12
Yunnan International Coffee Exchange
Yunnan Coffee in The Rising
Stage Presentation
 
non-reserved seat
B-03 | 9.12 Thu 10:30 - 12:00 Event Stage B
■Lecturer
Shu Yang (General Manager - YCE)
■Seminar contents
【Lecture & Tasting】
Yunnan has a long history of coffee planting, dating back to the beginning of 19th century. With excellent advantages in natural environment and geographic location, the coffee industry in Yunnan has been developed rapidly, especially in the past ten years. Currently, the total coffee planting area of Yunnan Province has reached over 1.8 million mu, which equals over 120 thousand hectares, while the total coffee production of Yunnan Province has reached 139 thousand tons. Both the planting area and the production of Yunnan Province account for over 95% of the whole China, while Pu'er, as one of the major producing regions in Yunnan, its planting area and total production account for more or less 50% of the whole province. The special geographic location of Yunnan makes it the most direct path for south-eastern Asian and southern Asian countries such as Laos, Vietnam, Myanmar and India to introduce their coffee into Chinese market. This gives Yunnan the possibility to consolidate over 30% of the whole world's coffee production from south-eastern Asian and southern Asian coffee origins and also, lays the foundation for Yunnan to become the center of the whole Asian coffee industry. Yunnan International Coffee Exchange (YCE) is founded in Pu'er City, Yunnan Province in 2014. YCE carries the mission to build a comprehensive service platform physically based in the coffee producing region, with coffee trading to be its core business. YCE also has financial services as support and expands its service range to the whole coffee industrial chain. A key component of YCE's platform is the Yunnan Specialty Coffee Industrial Park which further reveals the value of the coffee industry by expansion into advanced coffee processing. The fulfillment of such a comprehensive one-stop service platform also further facilitates the integration of the upstream and downstream channels of coffee industry. Currently YCE has become the major coffee trading platform in China that is open to the whole China, Asian countries, American countries as well as the Europe. Meanwhile, YCE has also developed into a major channel for imported coffee and coffee products to enter Chinese market too.
By the joint effort from YCE as well as the Tea & Coffee Industrial Development Center of Pu'er City, the coffee industry of Yunnan has been prospered. The export volume and number of the destination country has lifted. The percentage of specialty coffee production has increased apparently. The coffee industry has developed into a more advanced level, with various and valuable advanced processing production lines have been built. The coffee industry in Yunnan is also integrated with environmental-themed tourism. The brand awareness of "Yunnan Coffee" has also reached to a highest level.
Ethiopia-JICA Forest Coffee Project
Road to Specialty Forest Coffee by JICA & UCC
Producing Country Seminar
 
to be registered
S-07 | 9.12 Thu 10:30 - 12:00  Seminar Room1(101)
■Lecturer
Yasuko Inoue (REDD Research and Development Center)
Naomi Nakahira (UCC Ueshima Coffee Co., Ltd.)
■Seminar contents
【Lecture & Tasting】
Ethiopia Forest Coffee from origin of Arabica Coffee can be tasted in this seminar. JICA has supported to protect coffee forest and enhance its quality. Currently, the forest coffee is certified by the Rrainforest Alliance with sufficient quality as a Specialty Coffee. While loss of coffee land by climate change is concerned, shall we consider value and potential of Ethiopia Forest Coffee?
Agenda:
1) Opening remarks (JICA)
2) Biodiversity & Forest Coffee (FFPRI)
3) Climate Change & Forest Coffee (ECFF)
4) Support for Forest Coffee (JICA)
5) Quality improvement and Profile by tasting (UCC)
Specialty Coffee Association of Panama (SCAP)
PANAMA GEISHA
Producing Country Seminar
 
to be registered
S-08 | 9.12 Thu 11:00 - 12:30  Seminar Room2(102)
■Lecturer
Wilford Lamastus
Daniel Peterson
Graciano Cruz
Wilford Lamastus Jr.
■Seminar contents
【Lecture & Tasting】
PANAMA GEISHA TWENTY YEARS OF SPECIALTY COFFEE
In 23 year history of Best of Panama, we have witnessed a big evolution when the competition started it was with the intention to motivate producers to do better, and at the same time the producers received feedback for the performance of their coffee.
Best of Panama adopted the Auction model in 2001, the reason was to qualify the top awarded lots in an online auction. We discovered the Geisha is one of the competitions and the rest is history. Panama Geisha has broken several quality records, have been used by many world baristas and WbrC champions and now by many other COE winners.
In this seminar, we will go through 21 years of history and statistics until this 2019 when a Japanese roaster brought the highest price ever for a pound of PANAMA GEISHA US $1,029/lb.
http://scap-panama.com/
International Women's Coffee Alliance (IWCA) JAPAN
Coffee Woman Film (TBD)
Stage Event
 
non-reserved seat
B-04 | 9.12 Thu 12:30 - 14:00 Event Stage B
■Seminar contents
【Documentary Film Screening】
International Women's Coffee Alliance (IWCA) JAPAN (hereinafter “IWCA JAPAN”) will show you the Coffee Women Film “A SMALL SECTION OF THE WORLD”, which had good reviews at SCAJ2018 last year. This is a documentary film about the improvement of women's lives and status in the coffee production area, the coffee value chain and it is an inspirational story that has had a great impact on modern society. We also hope you enjoy great music and scenery along with delicious coffee produced by IWCA JAPAN and female producers. We look forward to seeing you all at the venue.
EXCLUSIVE COFFEES S.A.
Cupping Celebration of The Best of Costa Rica 2019 - (Private Cupping)
Producing Country Seminar
 
Invitation Only
S-09 | 9.12 Thu 12:30 - 14:00 Seminar Room1(101)
■Lecturer
Jose Javier Carmona (Q Grader - Boutique Coffee Specialist - Exclusive Coffees SA)
Francisco A Mena (Managing Director - Exclusive Coffees SA)
■Seminar contents
Private cupping session for BEST OF COSTA RICA - Coffee Emblems 2019 - only by invitation, thank you.
Yunnan International Coffee Exchange
Interpretation of Yunnan Coffee
Producing Country Seminar
 
to be registered
S-10 | 9.12 Thu 13:00 - 14:30 Seminar Room2(102)
■Lecturer
Ted Lingle (Senior Consultant)
■Seminar contents
【Lecture & Cupping】
Yunnan has over 100 years’ history of coffee planting. Statistics from ICO has shown that China’s washed milds production ranks ninth in 2018.
Over 95% of China’s Arabica grows in Yunnan, with the dominant variety to be Catimor. Yunnan has unique environmental advantages for growing coffee: nutritious soil, abundant sunlight, small range of temperature among a year while big among a day. It makes Yunnan coffee having rich flavors, outstanding sweetness and bright acidity.
There are 1,300 Q Graders in China, who work mainly in coffee producing regions, a solid communication foundation with the Japanese coffee industry has been built on the same Q system. Coffee people from two countries can communicate effectively when talking about coffee quality and trading.
Specialty Coffee Association of Japan
Food Pairing Seminar
Stage Event
 
non-reserved seat
B-05 | 9.12 Thu 14:30 - 16:00 Event Stage B
■Lecturer
Kentaro Maruyama (Chairman, Specialty Coffee Association of Japan)
and others
■Seminar contents
Over the last 20 years, the flavors that specialty coffee can offer to consumers have grown to be diverse. Obtaining specialty coffee green beans was difficult to find, but now there are more options open for us. Techniques such as roasting, extraction and cupping have also spread worldwide. We think that pairing with specialty foods is what brings out the charm of specialty coffee, and there should be something in pursuing paring with various ingredients. We are planning to give you a taste of pairing with Japanese sweets and chocolates, from the point of view of coffee side or vice versa.
Colombian Coffee Growers Federation
Colombian Coffee:Quality first
Producing Country Seminar
 
to be registered
S-11 | 9.12 Thu 14:30 - 16:00 Seminar Room1(101)
■Lecturer
Juan Camilo Ramos (Chief Commercial Officer - FNC)
Álvaro Gaitán (PhD - Director of Science and Technology Research Cenicafé)
■Seminar contents
【Lecture】
Quality continues being the main driver for Colombian Coffee sustainablity. Coffee breeding development, post harvesting processes and enviromental offer, results on a wider and richer portfolio of high end coffees to our clients; looking for the sustainability of Colombian Coffee producers.
http://cafedecolombia.jp/
Volcafe Group
Volcafe Way: The Sustainable Sustainability Project.
Our work in Costa Rica and Tanzania.
Corporate Seminar
 
to be registered
S-12 | 9.12 Thu 15:00 - 16:30 Seminar Room2(102)
■Lecturer
Carlos Ortiz (Volcafe Group, Sustainability Project Coordinator)
Maximiliano Gurdian (Cafe Capris, Costarica, Trader)
Juan Jose Suelves (Taylor Winch, Tanzania, General Manager)
■Seminar contents
【Lecture & Tasting】
The Sustainability of coffee production is the biggest concern of the whole industry nowadays. The depressed market price and the climate anormalities are quoted as main cause of the problem. But how can we make real impact to reverse the situation sustainably? We will talk about our Volcafe Way project with some concrete examples from Costa Rica and Tanzania.
https://volcafeway.com/
SCAJ2019 Conference Office
■Event & Convention House, Inc
Shuwa Okachimachi Bldg.8F, 4-27-5 Taito Taito-ku,Tokyo 110-0016 Japan
・TEL:+81-3-3831-2698 FAX:+81-3-5807-3019 
・EMAIL: info@scajconference.jp
*Weekdays 10:00~18:00(JST)
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