Let’s Talk Coffee (LTC) 2018 takes place September 20-23 in Cartagena, Colombia, at the Intercontinental Cartagena hotel. Powered by Portland, Oregon-based green coffee import company Sustainable Harvest, Let’s Talk Coffee brings together the entire supply chain giving attendees the chance to learn, do business, build relationships, and connect.
The Speakers Lineup
The lineup for this year’s LTC include an array of exciting speaker 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 YouTube channel, James will deliver a presentation called “A New Social Contract” at Let’s Talk Coffee® about how buyers and producers interact.
LTC allows attendees to connect with the coffee producers who form the backbone of the supply chain to establish relationships and learn from each others.
The cupping schedule will include:
- Showcasing the diversity of Colombian coffee, including the southern region’s Cauca, Nariño, and Tolima, the central area’s Risaralda and Valle del Cauca, and natural- and honey-processed coffees from the country.
- A tour of Peruvian coffees, highlighting a producing country known for its high volume of organic coffees and wide range of flavor profiles.
- Some of the top African coffees, including several standouts from Rwanda that exhibit exotic flavors.
Let’s Talk Coffee typically concludes with field trips to coffee farms, providing attendees with a hands-on, tactical origin experience.
For this year’s trips, attendees can choose between heading to beautiful Huila or Santa Marta, two top regions for specialty coffee that will give attendees a chance to meet farmers and explore the coffeelands.