What’s Unique About Coffee In Bucharest? – Panel Discussion

Silvia Constantin (Barista School), Vlad Buda (Steam Coffee Shop), Cezara Carteș (Coca-Cola HBC Romania), and Alexandru Niculae (BOB Coffe Lab) speaking with Stuart Ritson at CoLab Bucharest 2018. Every coffee community has it’s own story to tell. From the first specialty cafe to creating competitors, we invite local coffee professionals to join host Stuart Ritson to discuss …

Coffee Farm Misconceptions and Actual Diversity – Lisanne Oonk & Ivania Calderón

Lisanne Oonk & Ivania Calderón speaking at CoLab Bucharest 2018. What comes to mind when you hear the words “coffee farmer?” Lisanne, a cultural anthropologist working in coffee sales at Primavera Imports, investigates this question through the lens of coffee equality and social justice. Ivania, a third generation coffee producer from Nicaragua, joins Lisanne in the …

The Challenges of Being A Biological Coffee Farmer – Tim Wendelboe

Tim Wendelboe speaking at CoLab Bucharest 2018 Biological farming presents a number of unique challenges. Tim walks us through the lessons he’s learned from starting his own coffee farm, Finca el Suelo. He shares how he’s adjusted his techniques as he learns more about the land and about coffee farming (Hint: it involves compost and …

From Education To Calibration – Marie Pohler

Marie Pohler speaking at CoLab Bucharest 2018 High tasting aptitude is a necessary tool when working with coffee, often requiring a considerable investment of time, energy, and resources to build. Sensory science and tasting education are a part of amassing this vital knowledge. But once a high level is achieved (often during training and qualification), …

Aged, Creamy, and Stinky: What Cheese Can Teach Us About the Power of Language – Francis Percival

Francis Percival speaking at CoLab Barcelona 2016. Within the Anglo-Saxon world, farmhouse cheese sits in a very similar niche to specialty coffee: although consumers eat plenty of cheese, most do so at a commodity grade. The precipitous decline of the industry over the course of the twentieth century has not just made farmhouse cheesemakers an …

How The Flavour Of The Wilds Builds Culture And Community – The Foragers.

The Foragers speaking at CoLab Berlin 2017. Foraged ingredients have become a key element of many leading restaurant and bar menus. In a time where sustainability, local and traceable are considered across the industries, foraging feels like the perfect anitidote to our tech driven existence. Drawing similarities between the idea of the cafe as a …

Sustainability Asks First And Solves Second – Kim Elena Ionescu

Kim Elena Ionescu speaking at CoLab Barcelona 2017. The role of the barista has evolved significantly over the past decade, and there are likely more professional, educated, dedicated baristas now than ever before. Despite the progress, major questions remain tobe answered about not only what baristas need, but also what we want from this role, …

CoLab: Belfast 2017 – Panel Discussion

colab-belfast-2017-thumbnail

A special panel discussion on the Belfast coffee scene presented at CoLab: Belfast in November 2017, the final video in the series we have released from this event. To find the first three talks from CoLab: Belfast, click here. Join the Barista Guild of Europe at CoLab: Bucharest this 29-31 May, 2018! Learn more and …

The Building Blocks of a Cafe – Ralf Rueller

colab-belfast-2017-thumbnail

Ralf Rueller speaking at CoLab: Belfast in November 2017. The Barn have been doing pioneering work in Berlin since the early days and explored many ways of how to build an audience, lower barriers and make specialty coffee work in the city. This presentation highlights the essential factors to consider when planning a new cafe. …