Let’s Talk Coffee’s Going to Mexico!

Sustainable Harvest announces the location for it’s renowned global coffee gathering, Let’s Talk Coffee, in  fall of 2016

Portland, Ore.-based green-coffee importer Sustainable Harvest just announced the dates and location for Let’s Talk Coffee  (LTC), its annual gathering of producers, roasters, baristas, and other coffee supply-chain stakeholders: The event, which has become a mainstay for industry  leaders around the world, will take place October 7 “9 13-16 in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. (Update: New dates announced for this year’s LTC. They’ve changed to Oct. 13-16 from Oct. 7-9)

Let's Talk Coffee ”which was held in Panama in 2014, pictured ”has become one of the most eagerly anticipated coffee events of the year for its gathering of industry leaders across the supply chain.
Let’s Talk Coffee ”which was held in Panama in 2014, pictured ”is one of the most eagerly anticipated coffee events of the year for its gathering of industry leaders across the supply chain. Photo courtesy of Sustainable Harvest.

For more than a decade, Sustainable Harvest has organized and produced this unique forum in such locales as Colombia, Peru, Panama, Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Rwanda. Sadly, the event scheduled for 2015 in Brazil was  canceled due to logistical issues. But Sustainable Harvest staffers promised it would be back in 2016, and better than ever, so Puerto Vallarta, here we come!

Producers, roasters, baristas, and stakeholders gather annually for the intimate workshops and lectures for which LTC is known.
Producers, roasters, baristas, and industry stakeholders gather annually for the intimate workshops and lectures for which LTC is known. Photo courtesy of Sustainable Harvest.

The 2016 LTC event’s theme is “Prospering in the New Reality,” a timely topic that will examine the economic, social, and environmental issues currently facing specialty coffee worldwide. Top industry leaders will  join compelling figures from businesses outside of the coffee world to bring a unique perspective to the group assembled in Puerto Vallarta. Topics to be explored include gender equity in the coffee supply chain; the influence of economic consolidation and climate change on the coffee landscape; and the role of responsible sourcing practices in light of scrutinized labor conditions at origin, according to a press release.

Let’s Talk Coffee Mexico  will include two full days of presentations, cuppings, and workshops, followed by field trips to nearby farms on the third day. In addition to coffee farm visits, there will be a field trip to agave farms and tequila distilleries, where attendees will participate in a tasting of this beverage that is native to the region.

Registration for LTC 2016 is $995. For more information, check out the Let’s Talk Coffee website.

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