Burlington, VT, April 21, 2015 – The Specialty Coffee Association of America has honored Spencer Turer, Vice President of Coffee Analysts, with the Outstanding Contribution to the Association Award at their 27 annual conference held April 9 in Seattle, WA.
SCAA Awards honor outstanding individuals and their achievements in the specialty coffee industry. Award recipients are selected by a committee of industry peers and are recognized for their unique contributions. Spencer Turer has dedicated his career to promoting coffee quality and is well-known throughout the coffee industry as a passionate and enthusiastic specialty coffee professional. Spencer is a pioneer for roaster certification and an advocate for coffee industry education at all levels.
Since 2000, he has lectured and taught SCAA classes more than 25 times in the United States and internationally, and has accumulated more than 1000 volunteer hours. Spencer has volunteered on SCAA committee’s continuously since 2000. He is a co-founder of the Roasters Guild, serving on the first Executive Council and was the Certification Chairman responsible for the design and creation of the Roaster Certification Program. The Roaster Certification Program changed the direction of SCAA training by incorporating both academic tests and practical, hands-on evaluations to certify a student’s mastery of coffee topics.
Spencer began his career in specialty coffee in 1994 as a Barista/Café Manager at Dean & DeLuca. He has held management positions in green coffee supply chain, product development, and quality control at Melitta, Dunkin’ Donuts, and Mitsui. In 2011, Spencer joined Coffee Analysts in Burlington, VT to lead coffee operations. Spencer lives in Essex Junction, VT with his wife Lynne and daughters Sydney and Sophia.