The Specialty Coffee Association’s (SCA’s) Canadian Chapter has resolved to not send competitors to upcoming events in protest against the SCA’s ‘deferred candidacy policy’ regarding its event in Dubai.
The Canadian chapter said it would withdraw competitors at the World Cup Tasters Championship and World Brewers Cup in Dubai (which takes place 16 – 18 September 2018), and the World Latte Art Championship and the World Coffee in Good Spirits Championships in Brazil (November 2018).
In a statement the Canadian chapter said: “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.
“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.”