Let’s Talk Coffee® is an event series organized by Sustainable Harvest that serves as a tangible demonstration of the impact of the company’s Relationship Coffee Model. Every year, Let’s Talk Coffee® brings supply chain partners together in coffee producing countries to discuss pressing issues in the industry, strengthen business relationships, and participate in training workshops and cuppings. After a series of regional events throughout the year, Let’s Talk Coffee® culminates in a global event of exceptional scale and impact.
Fostering Collective Action
Now in its 12th year, Let’s Talk Coffee® has firmly established itself as specialty coffee’s leading collective action platform. By gathering everyone from producers and roasters to financiers and NGO representatives, the inclusive nature of the event sparks ideas, initiatives, and business relationships that transform the supply chain and define the future of specialty coffee.
The Power of the Let’s Talk Model
Let’s Talk Coffee® 2013: Global was held in Salinitas, El Salvador, just hours from Pacamara filled estates on the volcanic mountain ranges of Central America. The event featured the prominent New York Times journalist Oliver Strand, forward thinking Stanford University Design School representatives, and the first ever HarVee Awards, all of which challenged attendees to consider new perspectives on the industry as we progress through a challenging period of market volatility and climate change. Click here to view presentations from the event and gain insight into how Let’s Talk Coffee® 2013: Global helped prepare participants to tackle challenges facing both their businesses and the wider industry in the year ahead.
Sustainable Harvest has leveraged the successful Let’s Talk model for a number events, both past and ongoing. Learn more about them below.
Experimentos En Café
Experimentos En Café is an ongoing series bringing the most innovative coffee producers in the world to North America to meet with the continent’s most forward-thinking coffee roasters. Experimentos En Café was created to give producers a platform to share their experiments with coffee roasters in a face-to-face, learning-focused setting. These hands-on cuppings and presentations let roasters taste the fruits of the experiments, and give feedback to the producers.
Let’s Talk Robusta
Let’s Talk Robusta is an ongoing series featured at Let’s Talk Coffee®: Global focused on the role of Robusta in specialty coffee. While Robusta carries some stigma in the specialty industry, few have stopped to consider the potential for this species in specialty coffee. Let’s Talk Robusta brings cuppers together to learn how to properly assess, blend, and market fine Robusta, challenging preconceived notions of what specialty coffee ought to be. After all, a new product is a new opportunity for growth and profitability.
Let’s Talk Roya
Held immediately following Let’s Talk Coffee®2013: Global, Let’s Talk Roya 2013 brought together producers, roasters, importers, NGOs, financiers, and other relevant coffee industry stakeholders to discuss the current outbreak, learn about Roya mitigation techniques, and cup affected coffees to understand the impact of climate change throughout the supply chain. Let’s Talk Roya is part of a wide reaching, multi-stakeholder initiative organized by Sustainable Harvest called the Roya Recovery Project.