The Moscow Coffee & Tea Expo always attracts some of the biggest names in specialty coffee, and this year will be no exception.
The Moscow Coffee and Tea Expo will be returning to IEC Crocus Expo Centre on September 23 “26. In 2013, MCTE hosted over 100 events on 6 stages: workshops and seminars from internationally recognized experts, business lectures, and endless networking events to meet the world’s top coffee personalities.
To get you ready for this year’s event, we wanted to bring some of the celebrated speakers to you up close and personal! Below, see our interviews with Rob Stephen, Gloria Pedroza, Asli Yaman, Christopher Tara-Browne, and Erik Rosendahl.
Erik Rosendahl is the co-founder and COE at Drop Coffee Roasters. Erik was a radio journalist that got hooked by specialty coffee in 2009, and started Drop Coffee, a specialty-coffee bar with only manual brewed filter coffee in Stockholm. After a year as a multi roaster shop, Drop Coffee started roasting late 2010. Since 2013 Erik has run Drop Coffee together with Joanna Alm, third in World Roasters Championship 2014 with their main focus being on roasting and brewing some of the world’s best coffee.
Your favorite coffee?
Where I taste the origin and I enjoy it. Few origins beat Ethiopia.
What brought you to the specialty-coffee industry?
Curiosity and a cup of coffee from Niery, Kenya.
How many cups of coffee a day do you drink?
What do you like most about the specialty-coffee industry?
The common goal to make something better.
Has coffee changed your life somehow?
I had a good cup of coffee that made me open a coffee bar ”running a business has changed my life in every possible way. It’s the hardest and most fun project I have worked with.
If you could take 3 things on an uninhabited island, what would they be?
I guess a lighter, a grinder, and a Kalita 185. Hoping I’ll find some coffee trees on the island.
What have you been dreaming of lately? For example, today?
Many things. But within the coffee business it would be just as common with local roasteries as it is with bakeries. That would raise the knowledge about coffee a lot, I wouldn’t have to worry about running out of good coffee on my vacation.