Metropolitan Pavilion, New York |October 8 - 10, 2021

The Lab: Weekend Sessions

04 October 2019

Saturday - lab 1


10.00am | Coffee 101: At Home and On-The-Go​
with Jessica Do Tully, Palmpress and Hugh Kim, Founder, Hugh Inc.

Perfect for travellers and those constantly on-the-go, join this discussion and demo about hand-brewing coffee and espresso. Presented by Palmpress and Leverpresso, two uniquely compact brewers designed for delicious coffee in and out of home.

10.45am | Women in Coffee Project: Transparency & Equity
with Amaris Guttierez-Ray, Women in Coffee Project

The Women in Coffee Project was founded in 2018 by a small group of folks working for Joe Coffee Company. It started with an idea for a single event and then expanded out of a desire for effective and meaningful opportunities for people in the coffee community to listen together and act together. Learn all about their mission at The New York Coffee Festival.

11.30am | The Sustainability Panel: Championing Reuse
with Jamila Williams, Keep Cup (moderator), Zeke Freeman, Bee Raw, Renne Bagdadi, E-Coffee Cup and Bill Levey, Naeco

Why are disposable cups still being used? Do loan schemes actually solve the reduce and reuse problem, and if so how? Keep Cup's Development Manager, Jamila Williams will moderate this important conversation.

12.30pm | How to Become a Tea Expert in Less Than 30 Minutes
with Steve Schwartz, Art of Tea

Art of Tea CEO/Founder, Steve Schwartz, will teach you how to understand the origin, craft and flavor notes of tea. Learn about what has the biggest impact on your tea drinking before heading over to Art of Tea booth to taste the delicious teas you have learnt about. 

2.00pm | ​A Sommelier's Approach to Coffee
with Ryan Bailey and Maya Albert, NoMad

NoMad's wine director, Ryan Bailey will walk you through how to apply deductive blind tasting techniques utilized traditionally for wine towards enhancing your approach to coffee. Plus, compare similarities in both the taste and aromatics of coffee and wine to establish a further understanding of the many details that create such complex beverages.

2.45pm | ​The Water Crisis in Coffee-Growing Communities
with Rebecca Hodgson, Project Waterfall and Tim Stratton, charity: water
The majority of the communities facing the water crisis are those that grow our coffee. Come and learn about the impact of the water crisis and what can be done about it.

3.45pm | Basics of Cupping 101
with Noah Goodman, Gruppo Cimbali

Learn how to set up a cupping, what to look for when tasting coffees and how to evaluate them with CQI Certified Arabica Q-Grader, Noah Goodman. Walk away with an understanding about why we cup and how to do it yourself. Your friends will be so impressed!

4.30pm | Craft Chocolate & Speciality Coffee: Soul Sisters, Brothers From Another Mother ​
with William Mullen, Raaka (moderator), Christine Keating, Dandelion, Adam Abramson, Swedish Cacoa Company and
Preston Stewart, Markham & Fitz

Calling all chocolate lovers! Sample chocolate from some of the top US craft chocolate makers while learning about the difference between craft and commodity taste.

5.30pm | Cold Brew with a Sting: A Discussion on Alcohol-Infused Cold Brew Coffee
with Sam Madani and Amin Anjedani, Bomani

A brief overview of why and how we co-founders Sam and Amin founded BOMANI Cold Buzz, plus a live-tasting and cocktail mixing experience.
 

Saturday - Lab 2


10.15am | Storing Coffee to Optimize Freshness
with Robert Wallach, Coffee Freshness System

From the moment you open a new bag of your favorite coffee, the beans begin to lose their distinctive taste and character. Why simply store your coffee, when you can preserve it? Robert Wallach shares how.

11.00am | Can You Recycle That? Why You Should Care About the Life of Your Coffee Cup
with Cliff Albert, Seda Packaging

When you’re out enjoying a nice, hot cup of coffee, your may not think about the best, most environmentally friendly way to dispose of it when you’re done. But there are right and wrong ways to handle this kind of paper trash. In this session, learn the difference between recyclable and compostable, and how to responsibly discard that empty paper cup.

12.30pm | Re-Defining Sustainability: Quality of Life vs. Quality of Coffee
with Nani Ferreira-Mathews, Casey McKeel and Holly Kent-Payne,
Thread Coffee Roasters 

Sustainabilty is the ability for an ecosystem to exist constantly. What does sustainabilty look like in the future of coffee from farm to cup? Thread Coffee is dedicated to empowering marginalized communities at origin and in the coffee shops they operate with commitment to combat wage disparity in the supply chain. Come find out what industry leaders are doing to ensure that farmers and baristas are making a living wage. 

1.15pm | Tech and Tradition: French Press & Syphon Comparison
with Anderson Stockdale, Bodum

Get to know the difference between immersion and filtered coffee. How does the filter medium work? How does the filter, grind, temperature affect the cup attributes? This is the perfect session for those looking to step-up their at-home coffee game.

2.00pm | Introduction to Vietnamese Coffee & the Phin Brewing Method
Sahra Nguyen, Founder, Nguyen Coffee Supply

Fact: Vietnam is the world's second-largest producer of coffee. What misconceptions about Vietnamese coffee, and robusta in general, have kept it from earning acclaim? Find out how new producers, both in Vietnam and in the US, like Nguyen Coffee Supply are rewriting this narrative. Plus, learn about the traditional phin brewing method and the different ways you can use fresh-roasted coffee from Vietnam.

2.45pm | Beyond Labels and Certifications with Thread Coffee
with Nani Ferreira-Mathews, Casey McKeel and Holly Kent-Payne,
Thread Coffee Roasters 

Have you ever wondered: What is fair trade? What is Rainforest Alliance? What is B-Corp? Join the women of Thread Coffee Roasters as they give consumers the tools needed to look beyond certifications.

3.30pm | Plant Milks: Discover What's Better For You
with Ashley Koff RD, Califia Farms

Oat? Almond? Soy? In this session, Koff will help you sort marketing messages from nutrition facts and identify the key questions you need to answer about your nutrient needs, preferences and usage plans to determine your better choices. And yes, there will be samples.

4.15pm | The Super Coffee Grind: From Dorm Room to Shark Tank
with Jim DeCicco, Oldest Brother/CEO, Super Coffee


5.00pm | Meet the Maker Masterclass
with Tom Baker, Mr Black

Do you like coffee? Do you like booze? Then this is the Lab session info you! Join Mr Black Cofounder, Tom Baker, for a chat on all things coffee and spirits. Tom will talk about the inception of the brand and the best practices for coffee cocktails. Guest will be treated to samples of Mr Black!

5.45pm | Craft Cocktails: Oban & Coffee
with Rasmus Just, Oban Craft Whiskey

Come and learn about the rich history of Oban  and how the  spirit brings distinction to coffee.
 

Sunday - Lab 1


10.45am | How Water Impacts the Quality of Your Espresso
with Keith Black, WaterWise

11.30am | From Tree to Bar: Chocolate Tasting
with Christine Keating, Dandelion

Taste through all the stages of chocolat,  from cocoa pod to finished chocolate bar and learn about all of the processes that the cocoa bean goes through, and how each step influences what you find on the shelf.

1.00pm | How to Make Better Espresso at Home
with Dave Bise and Ben Blake, La Marzocco Home

Making good espresso at home is a lifelong pursuit. Together, we'll talk through some simple ways you can improve your espresso at home. 

1.45pm | How to Become a Tea Expert in Less Than 30 Minutes
with Tyler Williams, Art of Tea

Art of Tea will teach you how to understand the origin, craft and flavor notes of tea. Learn about what has the biggest impact on your tea drinking before heading over to Art of Tea booth to taste the delicious teas you have learnt about. 

2.30pm | Counter Culture Cupping 101,
with Counter Culture Coffee

3.15pm | Cold Brew with a Sting: A Discussion on Alcohol-Infused Cold Brew Coffee
with Sam Madani and Amin Anjedani, Bomani

A brief overview of why and how we co-founders Sam and Amin founded BOMANI Cold Buzz, plus a live-tasting and cocktail mixing experience.
 

Sunday - Lab 2


10.15 | Basics of Cupping 101
with Noah Goodman, Gruppo Cimbali

Learn how to set up a cupping, what to look for when tasting coffees and how to evaluate them with CQI Certified Arabica Q-Grader, Noah Goodman. Walk away with an understanding about why we cup and how to do it yourself. Your friends will be so impressed!

11.00am | Sensory Meditation
with Jake Leonti, F+B Therapy

Did you know you can increase your ability to taste and smell through focused meditation? Jake Leonti, founder of F+B Therapy provides the building blocks to starting to improve your ability to perceive taste and smell for purpose of evaluation or just enjoyment through his proprietary system of Sensory Meditation. 

11.45am | Women in Coffee
with Amaris Guttierez-Ray, Women in Coffee Project (moderator), Sahra Nguyen,Founder, Nguyen Coffee Supply, Maya Albert, Devocion, Erika Vonie, Trade Coffee, Allie Caran, Partners Coffee, Selina Ullrich,  East One Coffee and Linda Thach, Little Skips

This panel aims to examine both what it means to be a professional and female leader in the coffee industry and also position perspectives, challenges, and growth within a greater global context.

12.45pm | Breakfast Pastries and Coffee with The Good Batch Bakery and Counter Culture Coffee
with Anna Gordon, The Good Batch and Kaileigh Mulligan, Counter Culture Coffee

Meet The Good Batch founder Anna Gordon to learn the behind-the-scenes life of running a bakery in New York City, and how food trends have influenced her business model. Anna will be pairing three of her most popular breakfast pastries with coffee from Counter Culture.

2.15pm | Swap for Swoon: A Zero Sugar Syrup Cocktail Masterclass
with Shaelin Adams, Swoon

Cocktails don’t have to be full of sugar but they also don’t have to be flavorless. Learn how to make delicious cocktails using Swoon, a zero sugar simple syrup that can be seamlessly swirled into all types of libations. Also learn about the benefits of swapping for Swoon that extend beyond just the taste of your beverage.

3.00pm | Mad Lab Coffee & Lucky’s Coffee Public Cupping
with Andrew Sinclair, Mad Lab Coffee

Come experience the exclusive new coffee offerings from Mad Lab Coffee and Lucky’s Coffee. Both are two of the most prominent roasting companies catching fire in the Los Angeles area. Many of these new offerings are micro-lot options and won’t be around long! Don’t miss your chance at tasting these exclusive and unique offerings solely available from these two influential roasting companies.

 3.45pm | Craft Cocktails: Oban & Coffee
with Rasmus Just, Oban Craft Whiskey

Come and learn about the rich history of Oban  and how the  spirit brings distinction to coffee.
 

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