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Re:co Reimagined: 2020 Symposium Heads Online Next Month

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Re:co Symposium, the annual forward-looking gathering of specialty coffee professionals, researchers, social leaders and more, has been reconfigured this year as an online event. The reimagined Re:co is happening Thursday and Friday, July 16-17.

Produced by the Specialty Coffee Association, the Re:Co Symposium is typically held in the days leading into the SCA Expo, which this year was set to take place in Portland but was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The group has forged ahead with a digital version of Re:co, offering some interesting touches designed to engage the actual senses of coffee professionals more than a typical online meeting might. The biggest change is a home kit (for purchase) that includes a curated selection of coffees from several New York City-area roasters, the Funnex single-cup brewer from Chemex, and a selection of equipment for guided sensory experiences relating to the Re:co program.

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Chairs awaiting guests at the 2018 Re:co Symposium. Daily Coffee News photo by Nick Brown.

All online Re:co guests will receive access to all the talks and recordings, and access to a LinkedIn community for the event visitors to more deeply engage.

The basic registration costs $260, while the basic registration plus home kit upgrade costs $295. The Re:co Symposium Fellowship program will cover the cost of a basic registration for selected fellows. The deadline to apply for that program is today, June 25, at 5 p.m. PST.

The virtual format will be following a similar format to past Re:co Symposiums, with experts from a wide range of backgrounds and professional fields adding to a broader conversation on a single topic.

This year’s Re:co session topics include:

  • State & Future of Specialty Coffee
  • Pathways between Farm and Consumer: Mapping Specialty Coffee
  • The Changing Consumer Experience of Specialty Coffee
  • Race, Specialty Coffee, and the Urgent Need for Progress
  • Creating our Future: The Role of Innovation in Specialty Coffee

For more, including the list of 2020 speakers, check out the Re:co website.