Coffee production is facing a labor crisis at the farm level, with pickers in particular abandoning coffee work.
The recently-passed UK Modern Slavery Act has spurred much discussion around labor issues and how we can encourage more responsible sourcing.
Solomon Edossa is the CEO, DESS INC and former CIO and Technical Advisorto the Ethiopia Commodity Exchange (ECX), which coordinates the auctioning and marketing of Ethiopian coffee.
Martin Wiesinger, co-Founder of Cropster, explains how data has the potential to revolutionize coffee quality. A computer scientist, Wiesinger explains data-driven approaches and how advances in computing are pushing us into new territory, starting with “rate-of-rise” and correlating cupping and roasting data.
Hanna Neuschwander of World Coffee Research gives an illuminating talk on our most fundamental of coffee technologies: the plant itself. She calls attention to the disparities in innovation between the coffee plant and other technologies, and the critical need for more research and development.
Carla Martin, Founder and Executive Director of the Fine Cacao and Chocolate Institute, explores how value consolidation, historical trends, and modern economics collide in the issue of Labor in the Cacao industry, and what lessons there are for all quality and sustainability focused industries.
Streamed live on Jul 26, 2016
In order to understand what farmworkers in coffee are facing, it’s important to hear their experiences. In this Re:co Atlanta talk, Kim Elena Ionescu amplifies the voices of Nicaraguan coffee farmers, smallholder members of the Cinco de Junio cooperative, and workers from larger farms.
Kim Elena Ionescu, Director of Sustainability at the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA), opens up the Farm Workers session of Re:co Symposium in Atlanta, GA.
Michael Sheridan tells a story of progress, discussing Brazil’s history of farmworkers in coffee from 1882 through present day.