Book your ticket to see Mario Fernández at Knowledge Talks

Mario Fernández, Technical Director at the Coffee Quality Institute

Mario Fernández, Technical Director at the Coffee Quality Institute (CQI), will present at Toby’s Estate’s Knowledge Talks from 23 to 28 August in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.

Mario will present on processing methods, the role of microbial fermentation in the flavour creation of coffees, and will also delve into innovations around the development of cup characteristics through post-harvest processing.

Through his role at CQI, Mario will also talk about how he constructs and supervises projects at origin and the challenges he experiences when creating new certification and education programs.

Mario lived in New Zealand for three years where he obtained his PhD in food science at University of Otago. He now lives in Portland, Oregon and says if Australian café culture is anything like the few Australian-operated shops he’s experienced in the US, then he’s excited for what’s to come.

August Knowledge Talks will take place at the following dates and locations:

Sydney: 23 August from 6pm to 8.30pm at Toby’s Estate, 4/29-33 Bourke Road, Alexandria

Brisbane: 27 August from 6pm to 8.30pm at Lightspace, 2 Scanlan Street, Fortitude Valley

Melbourne: 28th August from 6pm to 8.30pm, La Marzocco, 104 Nicholson St, Abbotsford

All proceeds from the ticket sales will be donated to the Las Nubes Daycare and Afterschool-Learning Centre.

The centre supports the education of over 40 children aged between three and 12 in the coffee community of Acatenango.

On a daily basis the centre provides much needed education, nutritional meals and a safe and nurturing environment while allowing the parents to continue working or to complete their education.

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