Change the location of the '18 Ibrik, Brewers, Cup Tasters, and Roasting Championships

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Monika Nowak
3 years ago
I'm singing because it's 2017 and slavery should be condemned not awarded

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Clay Wisner
3 years ago
Seems awfully shortsighted to choose a host country that has blatant, egregious human rights issues.

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Sherita Perez
3 years ago
I believe in a future of sustainability and fair trade!

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Michael Myers
3 years ago
No to hate and fear.

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Mikhail Sebastian
3 years ago
I am very saddened by the decision of Specialty Coffee Association to give an award to Dubai, UAE to host international coffee events. UAE is a modern slave nation, the nation that has every single law written against gays, LGBT community in general, the nation that enforces torture, prison terms, and in some cases, death penalty for being gay. UAE as previously identified as empty deserted nation without modern infrastructure was built upon imported slave labor. "The archetype of slaves in chains beaten with whips no longer applies, but that doesn't mean that slavery itself is dead. These people are slaves, they have been sucked into an arrangement where they can't get out, they can't return home, they make no money because they are overcharged for everything they eat and become more and more in debt. THIS IS THE NEW SLAVERY MODEL.". When SCA awarded UAE ability to host an international coffee event, they did not care about those gay folks who are part of specialty coffee community, and there are many of us here. They did not care about how UAE was built and still growing, all they cared was fancy coffee show where Arabs of UAE in order to gain more revenue, put themselves into the map of global specialty coffee community in order to attract coffee folks and give themselves some prestige. Fancy hotels built by modern slaves, spectacular facilities, some paid arrangements our of not SCA people pockets. That's what attract those from SCA who voted for Dubai. You have to take the full picture into consideration, not just coffee. Coffee speaks the same language, coffee does not care where we are from, what our sexual orientation is or what race we belong to, but people do care. They say, life is beautiful but only people can make the life miserable. And this imply to SCA, to those cruel monsters who put their prerogatives over us, majorities who make the coffee special, and those of us who raise our voices against discrimination, torture, human abuse, and any sort of action aimed against our race or sexual orientation.

Dubai must be stopped. Dubai has to be removed from the map of any specialty coffee show or events unless the country could change their policies. We have million cities around the world, and so many countries to consider and give opportunity to be the host. You do not need "red carpet" Dubai to please your ego. You need descent nation who loves you and everybody else.

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Thomas Reyer
4 years ago
As long as there are no consequences from mistreating and abusing women, minorities and putting "guest workers" into slavery by taking their passports, by losing out on international relationships in industry and democratic processes, why would such a regime think of changing anything?
I am appalled by this body's decision to boot-lick a regime like that and further its agenda by rewarding it with ANY recognition.
No world-anything should be held there.
This decision marks a step backward for anyone aware of the situation and a step forward toward legitimation of ruling a country and its people by means of Middle Ages.
I strongly urge you to rescind your ill-conceived awarding of this competition.
If you decline, I think it is in order to call for a total boycott within this community of egalitarians.
Call it off!

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Sandra Segal
4 years ago
The coffee industry welcomes every nationality, race, and gender. Dubai is known for its harsh treatment of gay and transgender individuals.
The SCA is supporting a potentially hostile environment.
I say NO to DUBAI.

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Coral Wasserman
4 years ago
The choice to hold the Roasters Cup Championship in Dubai is a huge misstep by the SCA and puts LGBTQ+ members at risk.

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Joe Marrocco
4 years ago
Every member of our community deserves an equal opportunity to advance through the competitions, or along side of them through volunteerism, of which the goal is to elevate careers. When the capstone events that all competitions are funneled toward end in places where many participants are unwelcome and outlawed by nature of their being who they are, we as an organization have an obligation to go elsewhere. It is not a choice at that moment. It is an obligation.

Furthermore, we should be joyful in choosing sanctuary cities and countries within which all members can feel safe and welcome, able to focus on.... COFFEE (for gods' sakes...)

Along with this, if we do it do this we are also breaking the law of the countries we are hosting these events within. Not only do we potentially endanger our members, we also disrespect the customs and traditions, religions and pretenses of the place we are hosting the events. And... knowingly.

We have rules about illegal activity for competitors. If they are doing something unlawful they are not allowed to participate. If being themselves is unlawful... how can they participate?

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Joe Marrocco
4 years ago
Every member of our community deserves an equal opportunity to advance through the competitions, or along side of them through volunteerism, of which the goal is to elevate careers. When the capstone events that all competitions are funneled toward end in places where many participants are unwelcome and outlawed by nature of their being who they are, we as an organization have an obligation to go elsewhere. It is not a choice at that moment. It is an obligation.

Furthermore, we should be joyful in choosing sanctuary cities and countries within which all members can feel safe and welcome, able to focus on.... COFFEE (for gods' sakes...)

Along with this, if we do it do this we are also breaking the law of the countries we are hosting these events within. Not only do we potentially endanger our members, we also disrespect the customs and traditions, religions and pretenses of the place we are hosting the events. And... knowingly.

We have rules about illegal activity for competitors. If they are doing something unlawful they are not allowed to participate. If being themselves is unlawful... how can they participate?