Let’s Talk Coffee® 2018 inspires dialogue and action to address mounting challenges in coffee

Let’s Talk Coffee® 2018 inspires dialogue and action to address mounting challenges in coffee

Uniting the global supply chain in Colombia On September 20-23 in balmy Cartagena, Colombia, 236 people from throughout the coffee supply chain united for Let’s Talk Coffee® Global, the conference bringing together coffee farmers, roasters, NGOs, financiers, and a range of other stakeholders to connect as a supply chain, learn from each other, and strategize solutions to the challenges facing the coffee industry. The connection provided by Let’s Talk Coffee® is perhaps more needed than ever right now, in what is a challenging time for coffee farmers around the world. C-market prices are hovering around $1 a pound, which is far below the cost of production for most farmers. To compound that, the effects of climate change continue to provide additional challenges in coffee-producing communities, from an increase in diseases like coffee leaf rust to fluctuating weather patterns affecting production. A program focused on ‘New Models for Success’ The Let’s Talk Coffee® program was packed with three days of content focused on the event’s theme ‘New Models for Success,’ with industry experts sharing their knowledge and attendees engaging in conversations around solutions. The topics discussed at the Let’s Talk Coffee® 2018 included: – Low global coffee prices were perhaps the hottest topic at the event. Albert Scalla of INTL FCStone opened Let’s Talk Coffee® with an in-depth look at the current coffee price landscape, stressing the importance of growing global coffee consumption to make the C-market price rise. Another thought-provoking presentation on price came from James Hoffmann—cofounder of U.K.-based roaster Square Mile Coffee—who called for roasters to take on more balanced contracts when buying coffee. “Roasters need to take...
Let’s Talk Coffee 2018 Live-Streamed Presentations, Media Coverage, and More

Let’s Talk Coffee 2018 Live-Streamed Presentations, Media Coverage, and More

Building ‘New Models for Success’ in Colombia Thanks to all who joined us at Let’s Talk Coffee® 2018 Colombia! We’re grateful for your contributions to the event dialogue and thank you for investing your time and energy into the Let’s Talk Coffee® movement to create a better future for coffee. We’re happy to make the recap video and live-streamed presentations from the event available to you below. Be sure to also check out photos on our Facebook page. For those who weren’t able to join us, we hope you enjoy this content from the event. If you haven’t already, sign up for our mailing list so you don’t miss out on any Let’s Talk Coffee® news and upcoming events. Be sure to also check out this media and industry coverage of the event: Daily Coffee News – Walking the Walk at Let’s Talk Coffee in Colombia Daily Coffee News – Sustainable Harvest and IDB Announce Three-Year Mexico Coffee Revival Project Daily Coffee News – Progreso Launches Innovative Blockchain-Backed Trading Platform Beyco Daily Coffee News – A Radical New Social Contract Concept from James Hoffmann Barista Magazine – Let’s Talk Coffee 2018 Comes to Colombia Barista Magazine – Origin Roundup: New women’s coffee blend, investing in Mexico, COE Colombia James Hoffmann YouTube – Let’s Talk Coffee: Risk, Power & A New Social Contract Lastly, mark your calendars: Let’s Talk Coffee® is heading to Rwanda June 17-19, 2019!   Video and Photos from Let’s Talk Coffee® 2018   Let’s Talk Coffee® 2018 Recap Video   Event Photos   Let’s Talk Coffee® 2018 Opening Video   The State of Specialty Coffee from...
Top 5 Experiences at Let’s Talk Coffee® 2018

Top 5 Experiences at Let’s Talk Coffee® 2018

Let’s Talk Coffee®: A one-of-a-kind-experience Look around at a Let’s Talk Coffee® event, and you’ll likely notice something you don’t see at your average coffee event: representatives from throughout the entire coffee supply. Yes, at any Let’s Talk Coffee® session, you’re likely to have coffee producers, baristas, coffee roasters, and representatives from NGOs, government, philanthropy, the impact investment world, and beyond. Having the opportunity to interact with a breadth of stakeholders is just one of the special experiences presented by Let’s Talk Coffee®. Since 2003, Let’s Talk Coffee® has been the coffee industry’s signature origin event, giving attendees the chance to learn, do business, build relationships, and connect with a like-minded supply chain. Let’s Talk Coffee® 2018 takes place September 20-23 in Cartagena, Colombia, at the 5-star Intercontinental Cartagena hotel. Here are the top 5 experiences attendees can look forward to at this year’s event: 1. Learning from and meeting thought leaders Let’s Talk Coffee® is known for featuring a program of content packed with thought leaders sharing their depth of knowledge. This year’s event will be no different, with exciting speakers including: Agnieszka Rojewska, the reigning World Barista Champion (watch her winning routine in the above video), who will re-create her performance and discuss her journey to becoming the first woman to win the WBC. Mario Fernández of Coffee Quality Institute and Manuel Diaz of ONA Consulting, who together will contribute their origin insights into the latest processing practices contributing to world-class natural coffees. James Hoffmann, another former World Barista Champion and founder of Square Mile Coffee Roasters. A well-known coffee thought leader who regularly posts on his...
Let’s Talk Coffee® Best of Rwanda to unite supply chain this week

Let’s Talk Coffee® Best of Rwanda to unite supply chain this week

We’re very excited for this week’s Let’s Talk Coffee® Best of Rwanda, which will bring 100 rural smallholder women farmers together with the international coffee community. The event takes place Wednesday through Friday at the Serena Hotel in Kigali. This is our second Let’s Talk Coffee® event in Rwanda. The first one, held in February 2014 in Kayonza, introduced our nonprofit entity in Rwanda, the Relationship Coffee Institute (RCI). Supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, RCI was founded with the goal of connecting rural women farmers to the international market through training and market access. Now in its third year of operation, RCI has trained 4,000 women farmers, who through their hard work and strength have transformed themselves into international businesspeople. Let’s Talk Coffee® Best of Rwanda will celebrate these women, connecting them to both the Rwandan community—including members of government and many local businesses—and the international business world. There will be training opportunities to further the women’s educational development: Workshops will cover topics including coffee evaluation and grading; financial literacy; and the basics of coffee roasting. Attendees will also see a program of thought-provoking content that will include: Sessions on promoting the unique story of Rwandan coffee, with panelists including storytelling and media experts, as well as representatives from North American roa sting companies Stumptown Coffee, Equator Coffees and Teas, and Reunion Island Coffee Explorations of innovation in the coffee supply chain in Rwanda, from unique processing methods to new profit-sharing models and organizational structures A Latte Art Competition featuring baristas from the Rwandan coffee community Stay tuned this week for dispatches from Rwanda highlighting some of the unique happenings...
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