NCA NextGen is Going to Geneva


Bon voyage! 

Members of the NCA Next Generation Council to attend the 9th annual Swiss Coffee Trading Association Gala Dinner.

By Guillaume Zbinden, Be Green Trading
On behalf of the NCA NextGen Council

Switzerland is an important country for the coffee trade and roasting industry, and serves as the headquarters for several major coffee trading houses and roasters. (The country is even one of the world’s top five coffee exporters.)

This year, leadership from across the international coffee industry will come together for the 9th annual Swiss Coffee Trading Association Gala DinnerOctober 11-12, 2018, in Geneva. It’s part of the SCTA Conference & Dinner 2018, “Making Waves.”

SCTA Forum and Gala Dinner

The dinner will be held at the Arena, a concert hall near Geneva airport, with a guest list of more than 850 members of the international coffee community. 

Originally, the event was a black-tie Gala Dinner, based on the format of the British Coffee Association (BCA) London Coffee Dinner. From there, it expanded into a 2-day event to meet industry demand.

Conferences and panel discussions are held on the morning preceding the Gala Dinner, featuring speakers consisting of CEO-level executives from both trade-houses and roasters. (Information about previous years’ speakers is available upon request.)

Admission to the Gala Dinner is separate from the company meetings and educational forum, but it is still connected to these business and networking opportunities. Organizations in the coffee industry may buy tables of 10 guests. Nearly all attendees are key industry leaders, executives, and decision makers. 

Members from the NCA NextGen Council and general membership will be sharing a designated table at this year’s event. The SCTA has welcomed the younger coffee professionals from the NCA, and delegates from both groups plan to meet for two hours  on Thursday, Oct. 11, with a happy hour to follow. 

The 2019 SCTA Forum & Gala Dinner will take place in Basel, Switzerland.

Learn more about the SCTA Conference & Gala Dinner 2018.

Please contact Michael von Lürthe, Secretary General, SCTA, with questions about the Swiss Coffee Trading Association at


Learn more about the NCA Next Generation group for young professionals and emerging leaders in the coffee industry.


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