We're very excited today to report that a list of confirmed speakers has been announced for the 2014 Speciality Coffee Association of America Symposium, a revered two-day event of lectures, direct engagement sessions, and remarkable networking opportunities for leaders (old and new) in the world of coffee. We're immensely proud that this list of speakers includes our own Assistant Editor Alex Bernson, who will be completing a remarkable run of speaking engagements in the last year that has included lectures at Nordic Barista Cup and Let's Talk Coffee.
Symposium happens April 23rd–24th in Seattle, Washington, directly before the 2014 SCAA Expo and 2014 United States Barista Championship. We'll be covering Symposium 2014 extensively in the run-up to the event, but for now we want to point you to an important page being hosted by the event itself, under the heading “Who Attends Symposium“. We're actively encouraging our readers to consider attending this year's event. Much more information about Symposium can be found here in the “Plan Your Symposium” section, and of course the event's web hub is a great place to start.
Mr. Bernson will present alongside an august roster of colleagues as a part of a Symposium session titled “The History and Use of the Coffee Space“. Other presenters in this session include Al Keating (Coffee Supreme), Merry Corky White (Professor of Anthropology at Boston University), Benjamin Wurgraft (NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Bill Sleeth (VP of Design at Starbucks), and Vida Asrina (founder of Kupi Culture).
The other sessions at Symposium sound equally engaging! Here's a bit more about what attendees can expect at the 2014 Symposium.
Selling Better Coffee to Selling Coffee Better
Speakers include Ric Rhinehart (SCAA Director), Tracy Ging (S&D Coffee / Symposium veteran), and Dr. Sean Cash (economist with the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University).
Sensory Science and Coffee
Speakers include Gail Civille (President of Sensory Spectrum), Helene Hopfer (PhD / Postdoctoral Scholar, Deptartment of Viniculture and Ecology, UC Davis), Britta Folmer (Coffee Science Manager, Nestlé Nespresso S.A.), and Dr. Charles Spence (Professor, Oxford University).
Leadership & Innovation
Coffee Leaf Rust: Effects, Response, and Next Steps
Speakers include David Piza (Sustainable Harvest), with more to be announced shortly.
Milk – Our Sister In White
Speakers include Sarah Dooley (Education/Quality Control, Baratza), Pete Ellis (Owner, Pete's Milk Delivery), Joe McMahan (Manager of Sustainability Framework, Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy), Thom Huppertz (Dr. / Principal scientist, NIZO food research), and Anna Kharbas (Manager of Specialty and Wholesale, Straus Family Creamery). This session will also feature a short film by documentarian Nathan Slabaugh.