27 Mar '16, 3pm

Report from the 4th World Coffee Conference in Ethiopia, Part 1

While the theme of the conference was “Nurturing Coffee Culture and Diversity” and some of the panel topics included “World Coffee Consumption Trends” and “Trends in Specialty Coffee,” there was zero representation from the barista community, even from within Africa. Baristas have played a huge role in catalyzing many of these trends and educating consumers in an effort to place a higher value on coffee, but they were nowhere to be found at this conference. This was a gathering—and a rare gathering at that—of players in the global coffee sector at the highest level discussing challenges within the industry and how to make coffee better across the entire supply chain; and having these conversations while drinking some of the worst conference coffee I have ever tasted. This missed opportunity would probably be my only criticism of the conference. Even if only Ethiopian coffe...

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