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Stephen Leighton of Has Bean Coffee announced as next Knowledge Talks speaker

From the October 2017 issue.

Has Bean Coffee Managing Director Stephen Leighton has been announced as the next guest speaker in Toby’s Estate's Knowledge Talks series.

For those who tune into the World Barista Championships (WBC) each year, you may remember Stephen for his iconic voice as competition emcee, or stylish outfits – remember the classic red suit at the Melbourne 2013 WBC?

It's been four years since Stephen has been in Australia, and he's returning as the guest star in Toby's Estate's Knowledge Talks, an educative platform that invites world leaders of the coffee industry to share their experiences with Australian audiences.

During the Knowledge Talks series, Stephen will present on "What happens at origin - the human aspect of coffee and what’s important to the farmers." He will also discuss his upcoming book Coffeeography – The Producers.

Stephen’s Knowledge Talks tour dates are as follows:

Sydney: Tuesday 14 November

Brisbane: Wednesday 15 November

Melbourne: Thursday 16 November

Venues will be confirmed in the coming weeks.

Stephen first opened Has Bean Coffee in 1999 in the United Kingdom, and its online doors in 2003, where it continues to be at the forefront of the web age of coffee. Stephen works directly with more than 30 coffee producers in the world. He invests in experimentation to understand what quality is possible in a given soil or region through improved science, processes, agronomy and support.

Stephen is also the co-creator of Tamper Tantrum, Co-owner of 3fe in Dublin with Colin Harmon, and Co-owner of Drop Coffee in Stockholm.

Keep up to date on venues, times and ticket sales via Toby’s Estate’s Facebook and Instagram pages.

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