Mexican coffee producer Enrique Lopez of Finca Chelín has been announced as the next Toby’s Estate Knowledge Talks speaker for 2018.
Enrique will tour Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth from 4 to 7 June, presenting on the new frontier of processing in Mexico.
Enrique will reveal to audiences how he experiments with new processes and varieties.
Enrique is known in the coffee industry as a pioneer of processing, and someone who is pushing Mexico’s specialty coffee scene in a more sustainable direction.
His farm, Finca Chelín, is certified carbon neutral. It produces high-quality coffee, which is grown in an environmentally friendly manner.
In 2004, Enrique won first place in the International Certified Organic Competition, organised by the Mexican Coffee Council and the Organic Crop Improvement Association (OCIA) Certifier.
Enrique says winning a total of several competition to date, including first place at the 2015 Best of Oaxaca cupping, and being a finalist in others – nationally and internationally where the quality of coffee is rewarded – remains a career highlight.
“I have never been [to Australia] but I have read and heard very positive comments about the quality of the coffee that is consumed. Even two year ago Melbourne was considered the world’s capital of quality coffee,” he says.
Enrique’s Knowledge Talk tour dates are as follows:
Monday 4 June
Toby’s Estate, 4/29-33 Bourke Road, Alexandria
Tuesday 5 June
Newstead Brewing, 67 Castlemaine Street, Milton
Wednesday 6 June, 6.00pm to 8.00pm
Brunswick Foodstore, 29 Weston Street, Brunswick
Thursday 7 June, 6.00pm to 8.00pm
Toby’s Estate, 1/7 Douglas Street, West Perth
Each talk will take place from 6.00pm to 8.00pm
*Enrique’s presentation will be in Spanish and will be interpreted to English.
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.
To purchase tickets to Knowledge Talks, click here.
For more information, visit www.tobysestate.com.au