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A brief history of specialty coffee: Talk (and cupping)

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Wide Awake Coffee Roasters

185 Rue de Flandre

1000 Bruxelles

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Join us with Nick Mabey and industry experts for an open debate on the state of the specialty coffee industry! Come early for a free cupping

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The Brussels specialty coffee scene is changing rapidly but a lot of potential remains. So it's time to reflect on where we are as a movement. Looking back at how specialty coffee changed the industry, and what still can be achieved. We're focusing on the impact of this movement on farmers in producing countries as well as on the hospitality scene in Europe and Brussels specifically.

We asked leading coffee experts across Europe to join us on Monday 24 Feb. Nick Mabey (UK Roaster Champion 2018 and founder of Assembly Coffee) will give a talk about the history of specialty coffee, how it transformed the hospitality world in London and how that might apply in a Brussels context. He will be joined by Line Cosmidis (Head of Sales at Falcon Specialty) and Sofie Nys (Sustainable Purchasing Manager at 32Cup) who will give us more perspective on the impact of specialty coffee on farmers at origin. 

Before we start, we'll have a selection of delicious new coffees to cup. After the talk, beers & snacks will be provided.

Who should join?

People working in hospitality, coffee roasters, coffee lovers, ... anyone that cares or wants to learn about specialty coffee and its underlying supply chain.

Program

6h30: Cupping with new coffees from Wide Awake Coffee, Assembly (London) and Falcon (importer)

19h15: Talk "A brief history of specialty coffee" by Nick Mabey

20h45: Drinks, snacks & music

Specific topics that will be addressed during the round table

  • The role of Specialty Coffee and how it's changing the traditional coffee value chain.
  • Direct Trade. What does it mean? What are the short- and long term effects or benefits for coffee producers?
  • The specialty importers role at origin.
  • Development of specialty coffee in London over the years and how this can be transferred in the growth of coffee in Brussels.
  • What roasteries and cafes in Brussels can do, to push the specialty market forward, going against the grain of traditional commodity coffee which still dominates the market.

Note: event will be in english

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