REYKJAVÍK – Nordic Roaster Forum 2013 will be held in Reykjavík, Iceland on 8.-9. November 2013. (+ open board meeting Sunday 10. November from 10-12). There are still tickets left.
If you would like to join the event, you can purchase tickets on the webshop.
The professional program will begin early in the morning on 8th November and finish 9th November in the afternoon.
Morning coffee, lunch and dinner will be served both days. This is included in the ticket.
NRF 2013 Speakers
The subjects are varieties, cupping calibration and roasting. 2013 speakers are: Trish Rothgelb, John Laird, Hrönn Hrafnsdóttir, Ben Kaminsky and Aaron Davis.
Trish is the owner, green coffee buyer, and roastmaster of Wrecking Ball Coffee Roasters in San Francisco, California.
Trish is also the Director of Q and Educational Programs for The Coffee Quality Institute. Her experience in the industry spans over 20 years as a coffee roaster, green coffee buyer, and teacher of all things coffee.
An avid traveler in coffee growing regions worldwide, she teaches cupping to coffee producers and coffee professionals around the world.
She has served on the SCAA’s Roasters Guild Executive Council, was a charter member of the World Barista Championship Board of Directors and a founding member of the Barista Guild of America.
John Laird started his coffee career after 15 years in mechanical engineering designing air systems, plumbing and process piping systems for schools, restaurants, hospitals, bio-tech labs, food manufacturers and wineries.
In 1998 John joined Fresh Roast Systems working on the mechanical design of the FRS automated, vent less coffee roasting system. This fostered a desire to learn about the roasting process from the inside out.
Subsequent projects included founding Pacific Bay Coffee Company where as owner/roaster John refined his skills and understanding of the roasting process. Recently moving on from his role as director of wholesale operations for Verve Coffee roasters in the US where he was responsible for development and implementation the roasting systems, John continues to pursue integration of data collection and roaster control as a means to an end.
Always a proponent of technology as a tool, John’s interest in roast profiling and the relationship to the chemistry of coffee has led him to continue to explore the interaction between what goes on inside the bean and inside the roaster.
Experienced with Probat, Diedrich, and most recently Loring roasters, John presents a roadmap to understanding the fine line between the art and science relationship of the craft of coffee roasting.
Hrönn Hrafnsdóttir is M.Sc. in Environmental and Natural Resources since 2011 and Cand. Oecon (business administration) since 1994.
She has been working at The City of Reykjavik since 2011 with the responsibility of strategy and development within the department of environment and planning. She also is responsible for the implementation of an environmental management system within the City, Green steps of Reykjavik and has been involved in the ISO14001 certification of the department.
Part of her work at Reykjavik is educating staff of various workplaces on environmental management and environmental related issues such as climate change. Beside her work at Reykjavik City she is a part time teacher at the University of Iceland and teaches Corporate Environmental Strategy which is a part of sustainable business.
Ben Kaminsky started in coffee while attending university in Cambridge, MA in 2006. Highly influenced by the coffee of George Howell and Mocca (later Kaffa, Oslo), at 23 he and a few friends started their own roastery.
Two years later, they opened the doors to Barismo coffee.
After leaving his active roll in the company in 2009, he worked for Ritual Coffee Roasters taking the position of Director of Quality Control and Espresso. Since leaving Ritual a year ago, he has been consulting full time on equipment design, training, roasting and sourcing.
Ben also coached Matt Perger to his notable second place finish at this year’s World Barista Championships. Ben is also the 2009, 2010, and 2011 United States Cup Tasters Champion.
At Nordic Roaster Forum Ben will talk about “Espresso: Why you hate it and how to fix it.”
Dr Aaron Davis is Head of Coffee Research at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, in the United Kingdom.