Though the pandemic rages on, canceling some in-person events and making others more difficult to attend, there is still a roster full on online coffee experiences to keep your knowledge—and your stoke—way high. One such event is none other than High Density. Back for year two, the Barista League’s online “conference for all coffee people” returns in March with a host of discussions led by global coffee leaders, and it’s completely free to attend.
Expanding on last year’s mission—creating a coffee conference that is “accessible and practical to coffee professionals all over the world”—the 2022 version of High Density will feature an even larger slate of talks and panels, with over 50 speakers from across the globe spanning the entire supply chain. Per the press release, the digital dais has been curated by a “group of internationally based coffee professionals,” including: Ana Luiza Pellicer of Mió Fazenda (Brazil/UK), Marissa Childers of Tanbrown Coffee and @CoffeeAsians (USA), Chris McAuley of Getchusomegear (USA), Kat Melheim of the Coffee People Zine (USA), and SungHee Tark of Bean Voyage (Costa Rica/South Korea).
Talk will fall into one of five categories mean to “reflect the range of diverse paths of the specialty coffee industry:” On the Farm, Behind the Bar, In the Community, On the Page, and For the Future. The list of speakers is already significant, with even more to come. The current line-up includes: Abhinav Khanal, Ben Morrow, Ben Put, Brad Morrison, Camilla Morgan, Casey Chartier-Vignapiano, Celeste Wong, Chelsea Thoumsin, Craig Batory, Diago Gonzales, Daewoong Song, Elinor Vestergaard, Elisa Criscione, Fabiana Carvalho, Francisco Gonzales, Geunha Park, Ivan Hartanto, Jenn Chen, Jooyeon Jeon, Joshua Jagelman, Juliana Ganan, Kar-Yee Cheung, Karla M. Boza Carbonell, Kellem Emanuele, Klaus Thomsen, Komal Sable, Laura Meunier, Line Cosmidis, Lucas Louzada Pereira, María Paz Lobo Zeledón, Matt Foster, Nick Mabey, Nora Burkey, Piyapat (Flook) Lapteerawut, Rodolfo Ruffatti, Sahra Nguyen, Sarah Huggins, Sebastian Villamizar, Selina Viguera, Simon Söder, Sonam Parikh, Stacey Lynden, Todd Purse, Tonny Gitonga, and Valentina Palange.
To maximize reach, the entire slate of programming this year will be available subtitled in English, Spanish, German, Portuguese, and French.
High Density is also offering upgradable Interactive Elements to accompany some of the day’s talks. Priced at 100 SEK (roughly $11/€9/£8), the upgrades contain coffees and other items related to the talks being given. And while the event is completely free, an optional donation is being collected to benefit Grounds for Health, “a nonprofit organization focused on providing cervical cancer prevention in coffee growing countries.”
It all premiers Thursday, March 10th. For more information on High Density 2022 or to reserver your free spot, visit the Barista League’s official website.