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High Density Conference Returns November with ‘Not Just Origin’ Theme

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The third iteration of the online coffee conference High Density is returning in November with the theme “Not Just Origin.”

Scheduled to take place Nov. 16, the free conference will include more than 10 hours of lectures, workshops and sessions covering a broad range of subjects and professional interests such as sustainability, barista skills, career development and social issues.

More than 50 speakers will be participating, while each session will touch on the “Not Just Origin” theme. Conference organizer Ordna Event Agency — the group behind two coffee-focused event series, the global Barista League and Sweden-based Kaffeveckan — said the conference will “celebrate the unique cultures, challenges, expertise and people that get ignored when we use one word to define 70+ coffee-producing countries.”

“The use of the term ‘Origin’ in the context of coffee doesn’t accurately capture the entire truth but rather reduces a third of the globe, with all its complexities, into one single concept or entity which serves to push apart those who consume coffee from those who grow it,” High Density 2023 Creative Producer Ana Luiza Pellicer said in an announcement of the 2023 conference. “Where we should be cherishing the differences, it offers only uniformity.”

The group has lined up numerous keynote speakers for 2023, including: reigning United States Barista Champion Morgan Eckroth of Onyx Coffee Lab (U.S), Mario Fernández of the Specialty Coffee Association, Mikael Jassin of Catur Coffee Company (Indonesia), Sabine Parrish of Centre for Food Policy, University of London (UK), Karl Wienhold of the University of Lisbon (Portugal), Sara Morrocchi of Vuna Origin Consulting (Italy), Lucia Solis of Luxia Coffee (Guatemala) and Smayah Uwajenza of Elevate Through Coffee Initiative (Rwanda).

Ordna and the Barista League launched the first High Density conference in early 2021 in response to pandemic-related shutdowns of in-person coffee events. The show expanded to 50+ speakers in 2022. More information on the 2023 program can be found here.

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