Roast magazine and Buckman Coffee Factory are hosting a two-day educational and social event called Roast Summit on Jan. 23-24, 2020, in Portland, Oregon. The event will offer educational sessions, workshops and networking opportunities for the coffee roasting community.
The first day of Roast Summit will be held at McMenamins Kennedy School and will include lectures on current and technical aspects of roasting, green coffee education, and the science of coffee. The second day of the event will feature hands-on training at Buckman Coffee Factory, exploring current sample roasting techniques and equipment, proper procedures for maintaining coffee roasting machines, cupping and sensory evaluation of coffee, as well as green coffee evaluation.
“Our goal is to provide a venue for connections to develop and grow among specialty coffee roasters, where we can expand on the conversations that are taking place in our global industry — and to deepen our shared commitment to quality,” said Roast publisher Connie Blumhardt. “The low entry fee is designed to be inclusive and break down some the cost barriers for people to attend.”
Event registration is $125 per person, which includes two days of lectures and hands-on activities, plus breakfast and lunch on both days. The fee does not include lodging.
The lecture portion of the event will include:
- Developing a Cost Effective & Sustainable Green Portfolio
Presenter: Katherine Hartline, Atlas Coffee Importers
- Critical Threats to Origins Diversity
Presenter: Hanna Neuschwander, World Coffee Research
- Controlled Fermentations & Post-Harvest Processing
Presenter: Alex Brooks, LALCAFÉ
- Thermodynamics & Control in Coffee Roasting
Presenter: Rob Hoos, Nossa Familia Coffee / Hoos Coffee Consulting
- Cost of Production & Value Chain Transparency
Presenter: Mike Nelson, Junior’s Roasted Coffee
- Current Research from UC Davis Coffee Center
Presenter: Juliet Han, UC Davis Coffee Center
- Coffee Career Success Stories
Presenter: Dan McMenamin, McMenamins & Marie Franklin, Caffè Umbria
The hands-on training portion of the event will include:
- Sample Roasting
Instructor: Drew Billups, Atlas Coffee Importers
- Roaster Maintenance
Instructor: Joey Gleason, Marigold Coffee / Buckman Coffee Factory
- Green Coffee
Instructor: Candice Madison, The Crown: Royal Coffee Lab & Tasting Room
- Cupping and Sensory Evaluation
Instructor: Steph Backus, Buckman Coffee Factory
Roast is a bi-monthly technical trade journal dedicated to the success and growth of the specialty coffee industry. Addressing the art, science and business of coffee roasters by covering the issues most important to them, Roast offers quality editorial content focused on the technical aspects of coffee. For more information, visit roastmagazine.com.