“Gender discrimination and sexism is an uncomfortable topic”… “it’s up to all of us, men and women, to band together and make positive change” — extracts from an important #RecoDublin talk by Talor Browne, a 14 year veteran of the global specialty coffee industry and co-founder of the new Oslo roastery Talor&Jørgen.
Women are often responsible for the actual labor of coffee production, but rarely receive premiums or training to improve their livelihood and their work. In this #RecoDublin talk Melanie Landthaler, an independent sustainability consultant who has recently worked with Nespresso on gender equality in the coffee value chain, explains why this is a problem and …
Gender imbalance in coffee can often be extreme: this is apparent in barista competitions where women compete at a rate nearly three times lower than men. In this #RecoDublin talk, Cerianne Bury, Head of Quality at Trabocca, looks at how lack of support, lack of representation, and a number of other issues can create and …
Gender is a powerful and necessary lens to understand disparities in access and resources. Colleen Anunu, Sr. Manager of Coffee Supply for Fair Trade USA, lays the groundwork for talking about these issues that are interwoven into all aspects of the value chain, with this introduction to the Re:co Symposium Dublin session “Gender: Workplace, Origin, …
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.