Re:co Symposium X: Building the Specialty Coffee Agenda

2018 is a landmark year for Re:co Symposium. This year will mark the tenth Specialty Coffee Symposium in the United States, and such a milestone couldn’t come at a more important time.

Big changes have happened in the last decade of Specialty Coffee: major consolidations, immense growth in the specialty coffee segment, a shifting consumer base, the coffee leaf rust outbreak, innovations in coffee brewing and packaging, and so much more. Even this year, massive changes are afoot; coffee is at a unique crossroads of broad acceptance, a shifting consumer base, supply side challenges, persistent sustainability issues and a turbulent political landscape.

Re:co Symposium was created to give leading coffee professionals a place to discuss and understand times like these, to be connected, to collaborate, and to chart a future for our businesses and our industry. In this tenth year, we recommit to this mission, and will come together to design an agenda for the Specialty Coffee industry.

We’ll assess the successes and the challenges of the past decade, looking at the predictions we’ve made, the institutions we’ve founded, the challenges we’ve faced, and the victories of specialty coffee.  Then, in a unique, collaborative strategy session, Re:co delegates will collaborate on a strategy for the future, giving each attendee a set of tools to take back into their communities and their businesses, to help them navigate the next decade of Specialty Coffee. 

We’re constructing a Symposium around the main pillars of Specialty Coffee understanding: the Economic Outlook,  Advances in Science, Business and Consumer Research, Innovation, Sustainability, Diversity and Inclusion. Our trademark Re:co Talks will this year be augmented with round tables, strategy sessions, and interactive experiences designed to engage our coffee leaders and put useful tools into the hands of our delegates. Business leaders, researchers, educators, and influencers will come together to interact, build networks, get educated, and create the future of specialty coffee.

We need your voice there, too.


Schedule of Events

Tuesday, April 17, 2018
5-8pm  Badge Pick-up & Welcome Reception (Westin Hotel)
6-7:30pm  Fellows Presentations

Wednesday, April 18, 2018
7–11am  Registration Open (Westin Hotel, 4th Floor)
7–8:30am  Breakfast
8:45am–5:15pm  Sessions
5:15–7:30pm  Re:ception

Thursday, April  19, 2018
7–8:30am   Breakfast
8:45am–4:15pm  Sessions