Let's Talk Coffee® Rwanda 2017 Program

Wednesday, June 7

All Day Participant Arrival
6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Welcome and Opening Cocktail
David Griswold, Sustainable Harvest®;
Adam McLean, Question Coffee™;
Christine Condo, Sustainable Harvest® Rwanda
7:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Latte Art Competition
Judges:
Eric Rukwaya, Gorilla Coffee;
Makeda, Media Personality;
Candy Basomingera, Basso

Thursday, June 8

8:30 a.m.-8:40 a.m. Welcome
Christine Condo, Sustainable Harvest® Rwanda
8:40 a.m.-9:00 a.m. Introducing Let’s Talk Coffee Rwanda and the
‘Creating Economic Opportunities for Women in Rising Industries’ Initiative

David Griswold, Sustainable Harvest®;
Ruth Coleman, Relationship Coffee Institute;
Verna Eggleston, Bloomberg Philanthropies
9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Rwanda: A Country for Business
Hon. Esperance Nyirasafari, Minister of MIGEPROF;
Hon. Fulgence Nsengiyunva, Minister of State MINAGRI;
Ambassador Bill Kayonga, CEO NAEB;
Emmanuel Hategeka, COO RDB.
Moderator: Liam Brody, Sustainable Harvest®
10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Coffee Break
10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Tackling the Heat: Making Rwanda’s Coffee Sector Climate-Smart
Peter Baker, Climate Edge;
Paul Watkiss, Fonerwa;
Simon Martin Mvuyekure, Rwanda Agriculture Board;
Josephine Mukarubaraza, coffee farmer;
Amos Thingo, Conservation International.
Moderator: Saurin Nanavati, Sustainable Coffee Consultant
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Strengthening Women in the Coffee Supply Chain
Theopiste Nyiramahoro, Rwanda Coffee Cooperatives Federation;
Aline Mihigo, Tumaini Coffee Cooperative (DRC);
Lauren Rosenberg, Long Miles Coffee (Burundi);
Vava Angwenyi, Vava Coffee (Kenya).
Moderator: Mollie Moisan, Twin Trading
12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Lunch
2:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Cuppings and Workshops

  • Track 1 (for roasters and buyers):
    • Build Your Own Lot cupping sessions 1 and 2
    • 1-on-1 meetings
  • Track 2 (for Relationship Coffee Women and producers):
    • Let’s Talk Storytelling
      Ayla Schlosser, Resonate Workshops
  • Track 3 (for co-op presidents and managers):
    • Let’s Talk Financing
      Etienne Ndatimana, Root Capital;
      Benjamin Schmerler, Root Capital
    • Let’s Talk Data Management
      Saurin Nanavati, Sustainable Coffee Consultant;
      Joseph Mutabazi, Sustainable Harvest® Rwanda;
      Richard Nuwagaba, Sustainable Harvest® Rwanda
    • Let’s Talk GrainPro
      Jordan Dey, GrainPro
5:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Concluding Day One of Program
6:00 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Outdoor BBQ

Friday, June 9

8:30 a.m.-8:45 a.m. Welcome Announcements
8:45 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Collaborating for Impact
Phil Goodlaxson, Corvus Coffee;
Dom Etre, Corvus Coffee;
Brad Heykoop, Waterstone Community Church;
Kevin Jean de Dieu Nkunzimana, Misozi.
Moderator: Eric Ruganintwali, National Agricultural Export Development Board
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Improving Coffee Quality: Challenges and Opportunities
Presentation by:
Dan Clay, Michigan State University;
Daniel Rukazambuga, University of Rwanda;
Panel featuring speakers plus:
Celestin Gatarayiha, National Agricultural Export Development Board;
Marie Laetitia Kayisire, CEPAR; Coffee Exporters and Processors Association of Rwanda;
Chelsea Thoumsin, Counter Culture Coffee.
Moderator: Christine Condo, Sustainable Harvest® Rwanda
10:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Coffee Break
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Understanding Market Segmentation
Justin Hartman, Ozo Coffee;
Tommy Thwaites, Coda Coffee;
Debra Knight, Knight Mattingly Coffee Roasters;
Saurin Nanavati, Sustainable Coffee Consultant.
Moderator: David Griswold, Sustainable Harvest®
12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Lunch
2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Cuppings and Workshops

  • Track 1 (for roasters and buyers):
    • Build Your Own Lot cupping sessions 3 and 4
    • 1-on-1 meetings
  • Track 2 (for Relationship Coffee Women and producers):
    • Let’s Talk Home Roasting
      Fabien Twahirwa, Sustainable Harvest® Rwanda
  • Track 3 (for co-op presidents and managers):
    • Let’s Talk Financing
      Etienne Ndatimana, Root Capital;
      Benjamin Schmerler, Root Capital
    • Let’s Talk Data Management
      Saurin Nanavati, Sustainable Coffee Consultant;
      Joseph Mutabazi, Sustainable Harvest® Rwanda;
      Richard Nuwagaba, Sustainable Harvest® Rwanda
4:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Coffee Break
4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Concluding Let’s Talk Coffee Rwanda 2017
6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Closing Night Networking

Saturday, June 10

7:00 a.m. Departure for Field Trips
4:00 p.m. Return from Field Trips

Sunday, June 11

All Day Hotel Checkout and Departure to Airport