Speakers and sessions announced for Re:co Symposium

The Re:co Symposium will host its 10th Specialty Coffee Symposium in the United States from 18 to 19 April in Seattle.

This year’s program will be constructed around the main pillars of specialty coffee understanding: Economic Outlook, Advances in Science, Business and Consumer Research, Innovation, Sustainability, and Diversity and Inclusion.

Re:co is a unique event designed for high-level discussion, leading innovation and strategy development for those passionate and influential in the world of specialty coffee.

Alongside the talks, Re:co Seattle will introduce some new elements, including round table discussions, strategy sessions, and interactive experiences designed to engage coffee leaders and put useful tools in the hands of delegates.

The following are the sessions and speakers that have been announced:

Changing Tides: Building Diverse and Inclusive Coffee Communities

  • Colleen Anunu, Director of Coffee Supply Chain, Fair Trade USA
  • Michelle Johnson, Marketing and Community Director, Barista Hustle
  • Doug Hewitt, Co-Founder and Director of Coffee and Programs, 1951 Coffee Company
  • Jenn Chenn, Coffee Marketer

The State and Future of the Coffee Economy

  • Ric Rhineheart, Executive Director, Specialty Coffee Association
  • Phyllis Johnson, President, Bd Imports
  • Teddy Esteve, CEO, Ecom Coffee

The Evolution of Innovation: How New ideas Will Shape Specialty Coffee’s Future

  • Freedom (Anukampa Freedom Gupta-Fonner), Chief Imaginer, Design by Freedom

Sustainability: Changing Everything Except the Goal

  • Andre de Freitas, Executive Director Sustainable Agriculture Network
  • Vava Angweni, Founder and Chief Coffaholic, Vava Coffee; Co-Founder and Director, Gente Del Futuro
  • Alejandro Cadena, CEO, Caravela Coffee

The State and Future of the Business of Coffee

  • Dan McCloskey, Founder and Chief Creative Officer, Premium Quality Consulting
  • Jan Anderson, CEO, Premium Quality Consulting
  • Tracy Ging, Chief Commercial Officer, SVP, S&D Coffee and Tea
  • Ian Williams, Owner, Deadstock Coffee
  • Pamela Chng, Founder, Bettr Barista

Harnessing the Power of Science

  • Peter Giuliano, Chief Research Officer, Specialty Coffee Association
  • Selena Ahmed, Assistant Professor, Sustainable Food Systems, Montana State University
  • Britta Folmer, Sceintific Affairs Manager, Nestlé Nespresso SA
  • Dr Maya Zuniga, Supply Chain Optimization and Food Science Expert, S&D Coffee and Tea

Additional speakers and sessions will be announced for the 2018 event, taking place at The Westin Seattle.

For more information and to buy tickets, visit www.recosymposium.org

Image: Skandia Shafer for the Specialty Coffee Association.

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