CoLab: returns this November 28-30 with a brand-new format set to engage attendees with the speakers and the local community – the most interactive CoLab yet! The main day of CoLab: Barcelona, held on 29 November at Cooccio, will include talks by three voices of our industry who will lead attendees through three hands-on workshops. With a translator on hand, the event will be inclusive to both the local and international community. Two half days of CoLab fringe events will put the local community in the spotlight.
The three CoLab: Barcelona speakers and their talk titles are:
- Ger O’Donohoe | Owner, First Draft Coffee | 2016, What The Worst Year Taught Me About Service
- Kim Elena Ionescu | Director of Sustainability, SCAA | Sustainability Asks First and Solves Second
- Francis Percival | Food Editor, World of Fine Wine | Aged, Creamy, And Stinky: What Cheese Can Teach Us About The Power Of Language
After their morning talks, each speaker will lead an afternoon workshop building on their topic. Attendees can get up close and personal with the speakers whilst they develop new skills in tasting and service with Francis & Ger, or acquire knowledge on life as a producer from Kim Elena.
CoLab: Barcelona puts the local community at the heart of the event. The event will start with a look at a related industry: Blanxart Chocolate Factory opens its doors for a tour and presentation on the delights of cocoa and chocolate production. At the end of the main day, local baristas and cafe owners Jordi Mestre (Nomad), Elisabet Sereno (True Artisan Cafe), Miguel Lamora (Atman’s Coffee), and Salvador Sans (Cafés El Magnífico) will discuss ‘What’s Unique About Coffee In Spain?’ in an engaging panel, moderated by Stephen Morrissey. The event will close on Nov 30 with a range of activities for CoLab'ers to delve into the local coffee scene through tours, roastery visits and cuppings!
As part of CoLab’s goal to bring coffee communities together, BGE has decided to invite a translator to the event. “Connecting with the local community is key to the success of CoLab,” explains Guild Manager, Isa Verschraegen. “We have realised that language differences sometimes hold people back from gaining the most out of our events. We’re excited that we’re able to offer translation services for the first time at a BGE event, indicative of our goal to create an inclusive and engaged community.”
The coffee scene in Barcelona is thriving – the balmy November weather, awesome architecture and booming coffee vibes all help to make CoLab: Barcelona a fantastic, don’t-miss event.Tickets are available via the BGE website, and include access to all of the programmed events, lunch and refreshments on the main day.
SCAE Member - €85
Non-Member - €95