‘Collaboration’ isn’t even our middle name; it’s our first name, which means we really want to work together with awesome people to make awesome things happen.
This is why Collaborative Coffee Source has put together a fantastic program for Le Carnaval du Café event in Paris, yet we regret to announce that LCDC will be postponed to January 26 & 27, 2015. We are sorry for the inconvenience this may cause some of you!
Colombia is one of many important countries in the world of coffee – so to call it a particular focus for CCS would be unfair to all the other origins. But we are studying it very closely and making sure we get great coffee for our roasting customers all over the globe. That is always a focus anyway.
This is why I’ve been back in Colombia for the second time in just a few weeks and am planning to go back again when the harvest really starts in November. Thus far I have visited well familiar places and exciting new regions, continuously meeting with the most ambitious farmers and getting acquainted with a half-dozen Colombian coffee exporters; setting up the best logistical channels for swift handling of these precious beans.
I went to the ASIC conference in Colombia recently to pick up the very latest news from the coffee research community, meeting with coffee chemistry geeks from all over the world, but most importantly people who can shed some light on the latest events in the development of Colombian Coffee itself. Because we want to present some of that at LCDC!
We may be the smallest coffee trading company on the planet and are trotting all over it anyway. I’m confident that we are making an impact: In the past few weeks, the CCS-team has presented new and upcoming harvests at events in Oslo, Paris, Taipei, Tokyo, Moscow and New York.
Wherever we go we meet with eager roasters and other professionals that are truly inspiring to us, and it feels like we are all building something very meaningful together. There is a great sense of community that we are so grateful to be part of. CCS wants to contribute in every possible way. We are dead serious about coffee professionalism and making it a sustainable business, but we love to play a little too. That is why we want to make the LCDC event so cool and collegial!
Le Carnaval du Café
We’ve been very proud and happy about how the program has been coming together. We are thankful to those that have eagerly said yes to present at LCDC. Until now I haven’t even mentioned that Oliver Strand from the New York Times is going to present about an interesting chapter from his new coffee book, about the current coffee/political situation in the Nyeri region of Kenya; or that Carlos Arévalo, from Colombia is going to speak about the new wave of experimental processing techniques that are being done there, particularly with the infamous Castillo varietal. He has many years of experience in the coffee industry and is working as a consultant for La Palma y El Tucan. Then there is all the related cupping of course!
We have decided to postpone the event simply because we want more people to be able to attend this awesome event. The feedback has been that November 2014 seems to be difficult for some, while in January 2015 we can fill the house with you all! Welcome back!
– Robert W