Toby’s Estate have announced Kim Elena Ionescu as the next Knowledge Talks speaker to kick-off the new year

Toby’s Estate have announced Kim Elena Ionescu as the next Knowledge Talks speaker to kick-off the new year.

Kim is the Chief Sustainability Officer of the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA).

She will travel to Australia from the United States and hold speaking sessions in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.

Kim’s presentation, titled “Sustainability, Risk, and Regeneration: How Can We Make Coffee Better?” will discuss sustainability innovation across the coffee value chain, and lead a discussion of best practices and opportunities for getting involved in making coffee better globally.

Through her work with SCA, Kim develops strategy and leads action to address the biggest challenges facing our industry. Prior to joining the association, Kim spent a decade buying coffee and creating and directing sustainability strategy for Counter Culture Coffee in North Carolina, where she resides with her husband and two daughters.

In her Australian talk, Kim will speak about her work and why innovation and sustainability are inextricable at every stage of the value chain.

Each event will commence at 6pm and conclude at 8pm. The lucky cities taking part in the Knowledge Talks sessions include:

Sydney: Monday 6 March at Toby’s Estate Warehouse, 4/29 – 33 Bourke Road, Alexandria.

Brisbane: Tuesday 7 March at Lightspace, 2 Scanlan Street, Fortitude Valley.

Melbourne: Wednesday 8 March at Toby’s Estate, 325 Flinders Lane, Melbourne.

To register for the event, sign up here:

RSVP is essential on 27 February.

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. For further information visit:

“The purpose of Knowledge Talks isn’t necessarily to just inject the latest information into our coffee scene,” Toby’s Estate Managing Director Cosimo Libardo says. “Rather, it’s to pose thought provoking questions which we can then run with, challenge and explore new ideas and concepts around the latest trends.”

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