There’s some big news for coffee technicians, machinists and other equipment specialists today, as the Coffee Technicians Guild has announced the return of its in-person Summit, taking place outside Florence, Italy, Nov. 29-30, 2022.
Hosted at the Accademia Del Caffè Espresso in just over two months from today, this will be the first in-person Coffee Technicians Guild since 2019, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Coffee Technicians Guild is the newest of three main trade guilds of the Specialty Coffee Association, standing alongside the Coffee Roasters Guild and the Barista Guild. The volunteer-driven organization held its first Summit in Kansas City, Missouri, in 2016, and in 2019 held events in Houston and in Milan, Italy.
The venue for the 2022 Summit, the Accademia del Caffé Espresso, was opened by Italian espresso equipment giant La Marzocco in 2019. A short drive from the city center of Florence, the Accademia serves as a brand showroom, museum, innovation hub, design laboratory and more.
“We are honored to host the Coffee Technicians Guild Summit,” the Accademia Coffee Education Leader Nora Smahelova said in an event announcement from the SCA today. “Accademia was founded by La Marzocco to promote and enhance the culture around espresso coffee, and being an espresso machine manufacturer, we know how important skilled technicians are in maintaining equipment and supporting local businesses.”
La Marzocco is acting as title sponsor of the event, while Italian espresso grinder maker Macap is serving as the lead sponsor.
Early-bird registration is currently open through Oct. 17, with a member price of €400 and a non-member price of €500. The price will increase by €75 for members and €100 for non-members after the early period. The price includes registration for all Summit events and scheduled meals and included transportation, but it does not cover accommodations, travel to Italy, alcohol or other personal expenses, according to the SCA.
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