NCA 2018 Convention Breakout Sessions

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NCA Convention 2018 Breakout Sessions

There's always something new too learn about coffee

Dive into key industry issues, expand your expertise, and discover what's next for coffee.

These targeted educational sessions are a great opportunity to connect with new colleagues and top experts from across the supply chain. 


Pre-Convention Session

Career Insights for the Next Generation of Coffee Leaders

The Next Generation Council 


Concurrent Breakout Sessions: Group 1

How Blockchain is Transforming Business

Bradley Steinfeld, IBM Canada

Protecting Your Company Image: The Top 5 things you need in Place

John Deveney, Deveney

Catch the Buzz Behind Cold Brew

  • Julia Leach, Toddy
  • Scott Hawks, Eight O’Clock Coffee
  • Mark Corey, National Coffee Association

Concurrent Breakout Sessions: Group 2

Brewing Up the Future: Opportunities in Ready-to-Drink Coffee

Matthew Barry, Euromonitor International

Flavors and Additives: The New Trends for Your Coffee

Mark DiDominco, Datassential

A Practical Guide to Managing Diacetyl & Flavor Safety in the Workplac

  • Mark Corey, National Coffee Association
  • Claudia Lewis, Veneble LLP

Concurrent Breakout Sessions: Group 3

Coffee Sustainability: Visions in Action

  • Daniele Giovanucci, Committee on Sustainability Assessment
  • Shannon Higgins, Mother Parkers Tea and Coffee
  • Juan Estaban Orduz, Colombian Coffee Federation
  • Annette Pensel, Global Coffee Platform
  • Mary Petitt, Global Coffee Platform
  • Paul Stewart, TechnoServe

Emerging Trends in Coffee Processing

David Roche, Coffee Quality Institute 

Cupping for All Levels

Stephen Schulman, Lacas Coffee Co/Dallis Bros. Coffee


* Please note that speakers and topics are subject to change

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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