CoLab is the Barista Guild of Europe’s semi-annual conference combining education and exploration of the event’s host city. This year’s final installment is taking place November 28th through the 30th in Barcelona, Spain and will feature a variety of events from both within and outside the industry.
Following the format of previous CoLabs, the Barcelona gathering features a daylong program of talks, workshops, and other coffee-related education, sandwiched in between two half-days of city exploration and less academic coffee events. The shindig starts on the Monday the 28th with a craft chocolate tasting and a tour of the Blanxart Chocolate Factory followed by drinks at Nømad Røasters.
CoLab really kicks into high gear on the 29th, with a lion’s share of the educational events happening throughout the day. Speakers and topics include:
- Ger O’Donohoe, owner of First Draft Coffee: “2016, What The Worst Year Taught Me About Service”
- Kim Elena Ionescu, SCAA Director of Sustainability: “Sustainability Asks First and Solves Second”
- Francis Percival, Food Editor of World of Fine Wine: “Aged, Creamy, And Stinky: What Cheese Can Teach Us About The Power Of Language”
- Panel discussion: “What's unique about coffee in Spain?” featuring Miguel Lamora (Atmans Coffee), Jordi Mestre (Nømad Coffee), Elisabet Sereno (True Artisan Cafe), and Salvador Sans (Cafés El Magnífico)
Tickets for CoLab: Barcelona is €85 for SCAE members and €95 for non-members and can be purchased here. For more information and a full schedule of events, visit the Barista Guild of Europe’s website.
Zac Cadwalader is the news editor at Sprudge Media Network.
*top image via BGE