The CRG Retreat has roots going back to the early 2000s and the early days of the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) Roasters Guild, now known simply as the Coffee Roasters Guild since the 2016 merger of the SCAA and the SCAE.
Since those early years, the annual event has grown in size and scope, although it maintains the “summer camp” vibes through spirited competitions and camaraderie.
“Not only is Retreat my favorite coffee event, but arguably the most beneficial for roasters and tasters alike,” CRG Leadership Council member and Caffe Vita Head Roaster Baylee Engberg said in an announcement from the group. “Whether you’re looking to learn to roast from scratch, form stronger community connections, taste the coffee lexicon, try your hand at a new machine, or simply just win the competition, this event is for you. Retreat is summer camp for coffee professionals.”
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One of the most striking features of the annual Retreat is the roasting tent, where roasting machines from more than a dozen manufacturers are assembled on site for hands-on training, workshops and demonstrations.
New to this year’s event, taking place at the Lake Lawn Resort, will be an optional (paid) workshop for training for the United States Roaster Championship.
In addition to social activities and the signature event-long team roasting competition, the Retreat features numerous lectures and workshops for roasters of all levels of experience.
Early bird pricing for the CRG Retreat is currently available for $995 for Specialty Coffee Association members and $1,195 for non-members through July 29. Registration does not include flights or hotels.
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