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NCA 2020 Educational Breakout Sessions

There's always something new to learn about coffee

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NCA Convention educational breakout sessions are designed to explore emerging trends, delve into critical industry issues, and inspire new ideas.

Packed with resources and references, each presentation is designed to give you concrete takeaways you can bring back to work and discuss with your colleagues.

From roaster emissions to CBD concerns to packaging trends, we work closely with topic experts to develop relevant, compelling programming for today’s coffee professional.

Additionally, the smaller setting lends itself to audience participation and follow-up conversations with some of the best and brightest in the coffee community.  

Educational breakout session sponsorships are available

NCA 2020 Educational Programming

Thursday Session

  • Next Generation of Coffee Leaders: Negotiating for Success
    (open to all registered Next Gen delegates)

Friday Breakout Sessions

  • Coffee +: Who is putting what in your coffee - CBD: Safety Concerns & Liability
    Presented By: Robert Goldstein and Heili Kim, Faegre, Baker Daniels, LLP
  • Coffee Behaviors, Preferences and Menu Trends
    Presented By: Lizzy Freier, Technomic
  • Managing Packaging Sustainability Challenges in an Evolving Coffee Industry
    Presented By: Tiffany Forseth, Amcor
  • What's Up in Single Serve
    Presented By: Jim Watson, Rabobank
  • Roaster Emissions, Regulations and Requirements
    Presented By: Jay Lindholm, Sage ATC Environmental Consulting
  • Ready-to-Drink Coffee: The Next Five Years
    Presented By: Matthew Barry, Euromonitor

Session Spotlight - "Ready-to-Drink Coffee: The Next Five Years"

Saturday Breakout Sessions

  • Jittery Coffee Prices: Supply, Demand and Other Factors
    Presented By: Carlos Mera, Rabobank International
  • Understanding Sustainability’s Influence Over Consumer Purchasing
    Presented By: Tuesday Hagiwara, Nielsen Company
  • Cupping for All Levels
    Presented By: Beth Beall, Texas Coffee Roasters

5 Reasons to Attend the NCA Convention

Here are 5 (of the many) great reasons to attend the NCA 2020 Convention:

1. Networking that's worth your time

One conversation with the right person can change everything.

We've designed our programming for 2020 to ensure that you'll have maximum opportunities to connect with the people you want to meet -- including a networking lunch for everyone, coffee breaks, and nightly social events like our industry happy hour and "Welcome to Texas" kickoff party.

2. Education for the real world

Coffee is complicated -- from market price fluctuation to understanding the latest food science and coffee trends. And, like most things, the best way to learn is to dive in headfirst. This year we've packed our program with dozens of speakers, panels, and educational breakout sessions to help you gain the knowledge and insights that are most relevant to you.

3. Professional development

Developing strong industry leadership is critical for the future of coffee.

Whether you're looking to grow your own career or develop talent within your organization, our Convention provides opportunities to strengthen leadership skills and learn more about the business of coffee - from the Next Generation Council to events where you could meet your next business partner.

4. Industry innovation

Ideas are like coffee - fresh is better.

Find new inspiration to bring back to the office, whether it's from a keynote speaker or exhibitor. Maybe you'll discover the next big thing in coffee - or come up with your own.

5. Get involved

Tap into the (well-caffeinated) energy of the NCA coffee community! Convention offers many opportunities to give back to the industry or local community, make new connections, and discover new ways to collaborate.

Consider signing up for the local Coffee Gives Back day of service, contributing a blog post on your experience, or join the conversation at a breakout session.


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