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 Dinner, October 11-12, 2018, in Geneva. It’s part of the SCTA Conference & Dinner 2018, “Making Waves.”
The NCA 2018 Convention | March 15-17, New Orleans
Experience the coffee industry’s leading networking and educational event – the National Coffee Association’s 2018 Annual Convention will be held in New Orleans, March 15-17, 2018.
The theme of the National Coffee Association 2017 Convention is “innovation” – inspired not only by our host city Austin, TX, but the transformations and transitions we’re seeing across the coffee industry.
Wherever it’s found, innovation can be fueled by the power of “weak connections” (and strong coffee). In other words, exposure to fresh perspectives through conversation and acquaintances – such as networking with more than 700 coffee industry executives – helps your brain combine different ideas in new ways.
Because often, inspiration comes from the most unlikely places. For instance: leftover soap can catalyze life-saving change.
Here, Derreck Kayongo, Global Soap Project Founder & CEO of the Center for Civil and Human Rights, shares how learning about the hospitality industry’s considerable waste led him to create a global humanitarian initiative.
From SXSW to craft brew culture (both coffee and stronger), Austin is the home of innovation – and the inspiration for our Convention 2017 theme. Explore this unique, thriving city while meeting leaders from across the coffee industry.
[Related: 5 great TEDx talks on coffee]
Why Attend NCA Convention 2017?
We’re excited to be a part of the inaugural celebration of the coffee industry, which will focus on raising support for smallholder coffee farmers.
The ICO and Oxfam‘s “Caffè Sospeso Against Poverty” campaign is based on the concept of a ‘caffè sospeso,’ an Italian tradition of paying for a second cup of coffee to be given to a person in need.
Learn more over on the International Coffee Organization Blog, and stay tuned for updates.
How will you celebrate the first #InternationalCoffeeDay?