Registration is now open for Let's Talk Coffee 2014, the coffee world's largest origin conference, presented by our friends and partners at Sustainable Harvest. This year is the event's 12th annual edition, and will happen in Panama from October 9th–12th at the Westin Playa Bonita, located just outside of Panama City.
Confirmed speakers include such industry notables as Hannah Neuschwander, Kenneth Davids, Leslie Josephs, Oliver Strand, and Carlos Brando. This year's theme is “Building A World-Class Supply Chain“, and will include lectures, networking opportunities, cuppings, and field trips to some of the world's most famous coffee farms, including the renowned Hacienda La Esmeralda in Boquete. Befitting the event's setting in Panama, particular focus will be placed on the much-lauded Geisha coffee variety, including the intricacies of its production and headline-grabbing price.
Sprudge.com has been attending and covering Let's Talk Coffee since the 2012 event in Medellin, Colombia, when we hosted a panel featuring some of the world's best coffee retailers, including Sam Lewontin of Everyman Espresso and Stephen Vick of Blue Bottle Coffee. Our coverage at the event's 2013 edition in El Salvador was helmed by Sprudge Assistant Editor Alex Bernson, who covered the event's first-ever “HarVee Awards” ceremony. The HarVees will be back again for second time this year. Mr. Bernson's coverage also included a report on the partnered work being done by Sustainable Harvest and the Stanford d.school, as well as reflections on the state of coffee leaf rust in 2013.
The 2014 edition of Let's Talk Coffee is expected to field more than 500 of the coffee world's premiere thinkers, growers, roasters and retailers at a conference that's entirely unique in coffee's annual schedule of international events. There is a significant social component to the conference, including highlights like the annual host country cultural night, and Sevan's Grill, a meat-centric evening of BBQ and libations hosted by Sevan Istanboulian of Cafe Mystique and Dalla Corte.
Registration is now open, with an early sign-up discount available until July 31st, and a significant discount given to large groups and producers. Much more information is available via Let's Talk Coffee's official website.