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SCA announces a new video on The Science of Covid-19 Safety for Coffee Businesses

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MILAN – The Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) announces The Science of COVID-19 Safety for Coffee Businesses, the second video in SCA’s Community Impact of COVID-19 series.

In this video, Professor William D. Ristenpart of the UC Davis Coffee Center walks us through the science of COVID-19 transmission in coffee spaces—and how best to minimize that risk.

The full video will premiere on Thursday, October 1 at 8am PDT/4pm BST.

Watch the Live Premiere here on YouTube.

Understanding COVID-19 science and safety is key in order for coffee businesses to survive.

William D. Ristenpart is a chemical engineer in “transport phenomena,” meaning that he studies transport—fluid mechanics and aerosol science. Aerosols are suspensions of small solid particles or liquid droplets in the air, and is therefore very relevant to COVID-19 transmission.

Prof. Ristenpart has published many articles in prominent scientific publications on COVID-19 transmission and prevention. He is also a coffee scientist, who has worked with the SCA on a number of research projects. With this background, he’s well-equipped to share information over respiratory virus transmission and what coffee businesses can do to keep their venues safe.

Prof. Ristenpart will address coffee houses and food retail concerns related to COVID-19 and steps businesses can take that are based in science, to prevent the spread of the virus through four actions: masks, ventilation, air purifiers, and limiting exposure.

A Live Q&A with William D. Ristenpart will follow the video on Thursday October 15 at 8am PDT/4pm BST.

Sign Up here for the Live Q&A

The Community Impact of COVID-19 Survey

In the past half a year, SCA Research conducted two surveys to assess the impact of COVID-19 on the global specialty coffee community. One key takeaway was a strong focus on worker safety, customer safety, and sanitary practices in light of COVID-19.

Respondents mentioned the implementation of safety and health procedures more than any other tool as a key competency during reopening. 80% of respondents mentioned new cleaning and sanitation procedures being implemented. This takeaway was the reason for creating the second video in the series with William D. Ristenpart.

The first video from SCA presenting the survey results

In the first video in the series, Community Impact of COVID-19: An Introduction, Katie von der Lieth and Peter Giuliano analyze what the SCA’s most recent survey tells us about the general impact of COVID-19, changes in sales channels, lost sales to date, future revenue expectations, and business decisions around remaining close or opening back up for service.

Watch the First Video here.

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