Agenda At-A-Glance

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Monday, October 26

12:00 - 5:00 PM

Triple-Header Green Coffee Field Trip: Port, Warehouse and Import House Tour

Tour Guides and presenters will include:
Del Bobbish, Yard Operations Manager, PNCT
Jaime Schoenhut, Royal Coffee New York (RNY)
Susie Spindler, Executive Director, Cup of Excellence Space limited; preregistration required.Fee:$45 (includes lunch)

Staten Island
New York

3:00 - 7:00 PM

Registration Desk Hours
Come pick up your badge for the Welcome Reception

Roosevelt Hotel

3:00 - 5:00 PM

Guided Walking Tour of East Village Cafés
No Fee; preregistration required.

East Village

12:00 - 5:30 PM

Sponsor / Exhibitor Set Up Roosevelt Hotel

6:00 - 8:00 PM

Welcome Reception Palm Room
Roosevelt Hotel



Tuesday, October 27


7:30 AM -
6:00 PM

Registration/Information Desk Hours Roosevelt Hotel

7:45 AM

Networking Continental Breakfast Roosevelt Hotel
General Sessions Begin

8:15 AM


Conference Welcome: Jim Cleaves, Dunkin’ Brands, Conference Chair

Roosevelt Hotel

8:25 AM

The History of Coffee in New York
Jack Putnam, Historian, South Street Seaport Museum

Roosevelt Hotel

9:00 AM

Virtual Tour: Harvesting & Processing At Origin
Dennis Dran, Mother Parkers Tea & Coffee

Roosevelt Hotel

9:45 AM

Coffee Break Roosevelt Hotel

10:00 AM

“Greening” Your Operations How and Why We Do It and How You Can, Too
Paul Comey, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters
Mike Love, Coffee Lab Roasters

Roosevelt Hotel

10:45  AM

How We’re Navigating the Challenges to Run a Successful Coffee Business Today
Panel Discussion:
Stephen Schulman, S&D Coffee (moderator)
Oren Bloostein, Owner/Roastmaster, Oren’s Daily Roast
Caroline Bell, Co-Owner, Café Grumpy

Roosevelt Hotel

11:30 AM

Water-The Other 98.5 % (Tasting Session)
David Beeman & Skip Finley, Cirqua Customized Water
Roosevelt Hotel

12:35  PM

Conference Luncheon
Topic: Learning From the Successful Collaboration of Producer and Buyer in Guatemala
William Hempstead, Director, Anacafé

Roosevelt Hotel

2:00-2:45 PM

After Lunch Coffee: Cup of Excellence Comparative Tasting
Susie Spindler, Executive Director, Cup of Excellence
Roosevelt Hotel
2:45-5:15 PM Concurrent Break-Out Sessions


2:45 - 3:45 PM

Business Basics, Part One:
Managing Your Business Finances
Ed Arvidson, President, E&C Consulting

Roosevelt Hotel

2:45 - 3:45 PM

Importing 2.0: Navigating the “C” Market
Jack Purr, Trader, Atlantic (USA), Inc.
Roosevelt Hotel

3:45 - 5:15 PM

ROASTER ROUNDTABLE: Guided Discussion and Q&A on Key Issues for Roasters

Roosevelt Hotel

3:45 - 5:15 PM 

RETAILER ROUNDTABLE: Guided Discussion and Q&A on Key Issues for Retailers Roosevelt Hotel

6:00 - 7:00 PM

“Continue the Conversation” Cocktail Party Roosevelt Hotel



Wednesday, October 28


7:00 AM

Coffee Service (at hotel)

Roosevelt Hotel
8:00-9:30 AM Concurrent Break Out Sessions

8:00 - 9:30 AM

Business Basics, Part Two:
Hiring, Training and Retaining the Right People for a Successful Operation

Ed Arvidson, President, E&C Consulting

Roosevelt Hotel
8:00 - 9:00 AM
A Better Way to Ship Green Specialty Coffee? A Discussion on Vacuum Packing Coffee in Reusable Bags at Origin
Andrew Miller, President, Café Imports
Roosevelt Hotel

8:00 -10:00 AM

Guided Walking Tour of West Village Cafés
(end up at ICE for next session)

West Village, Manhattan


9:45 AM
depart hotel

Commodities Market Primer at The Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) Cupping Room (formerly NYBOT)
Steven Colten, Trader, Atlantic (USA), Inc.

Intercontinental Exchange

10:30 AM

Triangulation Cupping Workshop at Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) Cupping Room
Mané Alves, Founder,Coffee Lab International and Vermont Artisan Coffee & Tea

Intercontinental Exchange


12:30 - 3:30 PM
(depart from ICE) 

Red Hook Brooklyn Field Trip:
Roaster Tour at Fairway Markets &Retail Tour of Fairway Market Coffee Merchandising
(with visits to noteworthy cafés along the way)
Red Hook, Brooklyn


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