Senior Manager Sustainable Coffee at ConservationInternational
Biography: Conservation International is a globally operating nonprofit working to ensure a healthy, more prosperous planet that supports the well-being of people.Niels leads Conservation International’s European engagement with public and private actors in the coffee sector to influence policies and find solutions that will drive sustainability throughout the coffee supply chain. In this role, he actively contributes to Conservation International’s efforts to convene and facilitate the Sustainable Coffee Challenge. The Challenge is a dynamic, diverse and global coalition of partners from across the coffee sector dedicated to making coffee the world’s first sustainable agricultural product. Before joining Conservation International, Niels served as policy advisor at the “Royal Dutch Coffee and Tea Association,” the umbrella organization for the coffee and tea industry in the Netherlands. Niels holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in International Communication from the Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen and a Master of Science (MSc) in European Studies from the University of Twente.
Talk: The Future of Coffee: Impacts Of Climate Change And The Need To Take Action
Recognising the effect that climate change is having on coffee is essential to the future of the industry. In his talk, Niels will introduce the impact of climate change on coffee from a global perspective before focussing in on specific case studies and how we can adapt to improve the outlook for the future of our industry.
Coffee & Bar Consultant at BOB COFFEE LAB
Based in Bucharest, Romania, Paul has spent the past 14 years working as a bartender and barista. Combining these two passions, he won the Romanian Coffee In Good Spirits Competition three times helping him to achieve 3rd place in the World Coffee in Good Spirits 2015 and a top ten position in 2014 and 2016.
Paul is of co-owner of BOB Coffee Lab in Bucharest where he plays an integral role in the curation of their innovative coffee and drinks menu.
Head of Coffee at Origin Coffee Roasters
Biography: Throughout Freda’s six-year coffee career she’s worked on both sides of the supply chain, from barista through to green coffee buyer, with other roles including roasting and QC’ing. During this time, she qualified as an authorized SCA trainer, became an SCA sensory judge, and gained licensed Q-grader status. As well as her professional coffee qualifications, Freda is a well-known and highly respected figure in the competition circuit, having been awarded the title of UK Cup Tasters Champion in 2017 and 2018, as well as number three in the world in 2017.Her current role as Head of Coffee for Origin Coffee Roasters, one of the UK’s leading speciality roasters, sees her develop, curate, and source their direct trade coffee program. In this role her values and approach to coffee are clear, with quality and producer welfare being at the heart of everything she does. She’s a champion of sustainability, traceability, and, put simply, delicious coffee.
Workshop: Sensory Communication
This workshop aims to increase attendees' sensory awareness and self-development through activities including a wine tasting and a tactile shaping activity. Attendees will be encouraged to consider the way that they communicate their own sensory experience to others in the workshop.