When my friend, Ginger Gerhart of Ghirardelli, told me she was going to Guatemala for the International Women in Coffee Alliance’s (IWCA) annual conference, I asked if she wouldn’t mind sending me some photos and news of the event to share with Barista Magazine‘s faithful blog readers—and she did! Thank you so much, Ginger, for sharing your experience at the IWCA’s conference. And if you didn’t already know, the IWCA is a wonderful, empowering, and supportive organization that is doing a lion’s share to shape the future of our industry. Ginger can tell you all about it…
The IWCA is an amazing organization that works with producing regions all over the world to “Provide women and men a greater visibility into the coffee industry, encourage trade and business opportunities, and Promote social and environmentally sustainable projects related to coffee.”
This year’s conference was hosted by Anacafe, the National Association of Coffee in Guatemala. It was wonderful to see Anacafe’s green coffee trade building where technical and agricultural assistance is offered to coffee growers. The building has training and cupping labs for green buyers as well as barista and roaster training and green bean booking. Check it out: www.anacafe.org
The conference, which began on February 4 and ends today, brings together around 250 women and men from all over the globe attending lectures by speakers such as Dan Cox/Coffee Enterprises; Christy Thorns/Allegro Coffee; Lindsey Bolger/Green Mountain; Sunalini Menon/CoffeeLab, India; Craig Holt/Atlas; Max Quirin/SCAA; our own dear Bonnie Milletto (Bruce’s wife;); and many others including the Vice President of Guatemala.
It has been a great event! We have learned about everything from managing the rust crisis to how the most successful chain of coffee shops called “&Café” operates!
Thanks for the report and photos, Ginger!