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DEC 2018 - JAN 2019

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P U L L : E V E N T S LET'S TALK COFFEE CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA SEPTEMBER 20–23, 2018 PHOTOS + TEXT BY KENNETH R. OLSON HUNDREDS OF COFFEE PROFESSIONALS from across the coffee supply chain gathered in September for the latest edition of the long- running Let's Talk Coffee (LTC) event presented by Sustainable Harvest. The innovative and educational conference is unique in that it brings together everyone from producers and roasters to baristas and even fi nanciers to meet and interact face to face and learn, connect, and help strengthen the chains holding the international specialty-coffee community together. The low C market weighed heavily on the minds of participants, and strategies to minimize its effects on producers and their communities were a central topic of conversations. Clockwise from top left: Members of the indigenous Arhuaco community of Colombia give a blessing and talk about the importance of curbing climate change to keep coffee-growing communities healthy. The colonial port city of Cartagena, Colombia, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and hosted this year's LTC. Sevan Istanboulian works to prepare dinner for LTC attendees at the eponymous Sevan's Grill, a fi xture at LTC events. The event featured a cupping competition where teams competed for different producing nations, demonstrated by the soccer jerseys. Olga Cuellar (left) from S&D Coffee & Tea and her teammate, Kelly Villazón of Fundación Tayronaca from La Sierra Nevada, won. World Barista Champion Agnieszka Rojewska re-created her winning performance for LTC attendees. Afterward, she spoke about her life as a coffee professional: "My parents still think I'm crazy" for working as a barista, she says. 32 barista magazine

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