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Webinar and Q&A: The Road to a Unified Coffee Roasters Guild

Isa Verschraegen

Informational webinar and Q&A, held Friday, August 11, 2017. This webinar was led by the Coffee Roasters Guild (CRG) unification committee, consisting of members of both the Roaster Guild of Europe (RGE) Working Group and the Roasters Guild (RG) Executive Council.

Over the past six months, following the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) unification vote, the leadership of the Roasters Guild (RG) and the Roaster Guild of Europe (RGE) have been paving the way towards the unification of the two organizations to form the Coffee Roasters Guild (CRG)— the trade guild of the SCA for professionals dedicated to the craft of coffee roasting.

Guild members and interested parties are invited to join a webinar and Q&A session on August 11 to learn about the unification process, progress made in the last six months, and to find out how to get involved.

Webinar and Q&A: The Road to a Unified Coffee Roasters Guild
August 11, 2017
8:00am PDT / 4:00pm BST
Watch the recording of the webinar on YouTube

Leading the webinar will be the CRG unification committee, consisting of members of both the Roaster Guild of Europe (RGE) Working Group and the Roasters Guild (RG) Executive Council. The Chairs of both Guilds, Emilio Lopez Diaz (RG) and Sonja Grant (RGE), will join the group to discuss the history of their respective guilds the unification process, and the efforts that have been made towards the goal of unifying these groups.

When SCAE and SCAA members voted to unify and create SCA, many of the most optimistic voices came from the roasting community, including members of RGE and RG. Benefits envisioned include the consistent “one member, one vote” across the guild member communities, a stronger voice for sustainability efforts, more opportunities for cultural exchange and learning, as well as a unified education program.

In January 2017, four individuals from each group of roasters came together to form a Unification Committee. Bylaws and supporting documents have been developed through this collaborative process between these volunteer leaders and SCA staff. During this time, everyone involved has benefitted from both the long history of the RG and the vibrant new energy of the RGE in making the CRG possible.

The RG and RGE leadership have embraced these benefits of unification and are leading the way so that members of this global community can benefit, turning the vision into value for their roasting activities and organizations. While the goal to unify two guilds with different histories, cultures, traditions, and languages is ambitious, there is a spirit of collaboration and inquisitiveness among coffee roasters, which will most certainly lend itself to this very task. The two groups have been working together for over a year now, and are enthusiastic and hopeful about the future.

Are you a member of the RG or the RGE? Take part in this online session to learn more about the road to unification and help shape the future of your guild.

Watch the recording of the webinar above or click here to view it on YouTube.

Education at Roaster Camp

Hannah Davies

The Roaster Camp program is shaping up to be a jam-packed 3 days of roasting, tasting, talking and learning! Attendees to Roaster Camp will have the chance to choose from a variety of classes during the morning program and in the afternoon everyone will regroup for lectures, presentations and group tastings. Green Coffee Partners will be showcasing their coffee throughout the event at scheduled cuppings and Camp will bring out a competitive side in attendees with a team roasting challenge set to test knowledge, skills and experience. 

Brand new for 2017! 

Take the SCA Foundation Roasting class as part of the new SCA Coffee Skills Program on day one of Roaster Camp. Morten Münchow (SCA Creators Member) and Filip Akerblom will lead the one-day foundation level class. Additional charges apply – book here now before spaces are gone!

Meet Your Camp Trainers

The education program at Roaster Camp which is curated by the Roaster Guild of Europe Working Group is a completely unique selection of classes aimed at providing a broad range of knowledge, skills and resources. The Working Group have the opportunity to invite class trainers who are specialised in their area to lead workshops, classes and discussions. Roaster Camp is a rare opportunity for attendees to come in to contact with these industry professionals through lessons and networking. 

Here are the trainers for Roaster Camp 2017!

Roaster Guild of Europe – Get Involved

Hannah Davies

Roaster Guild of Europe would like to invite you to consider joining the RGE Working Group as a member of one of our committees. With new projects and tasks set for 2017, RGE has made the decision to bring some structure to the Working Group by dividing our existing WG members into the following committees:

  • Education
  • Membership & Community
  • Events
  • Unification & Diversity

Each of these committees is lead by a Working Group member and supported by a small group of volunteers. These volunteers will support the committee through attending regular web meetings, inputting ideas and helping to shape the projects of RGE. Committee members should have experience of life as a coffee roaster and a good understanding of the roasting community within Europe. Committee members can expect the following:

Membership & Communications Committee

  • Build and retain RGE membership by actively engaging potential members and the RGE membership base through innovative channels that speak to the current state of the roasting profession.
  • Seek and suggest additional RGE membership benefits, in liaison with SCA Membership
  • Develop and suggest content to communicate with and engage members, in liaison with SCA Communications

Events Committee

  • Plan and coordinate activities and RGE events, in liaison with and with assistance of SCA Events
  • Suggest content for RGE events

Education Committee

  • Aid in the creation of educational programs at RGE events, and in the selection of trainers for the delivery of said programs.
  • Develop and suggest content to for SCA Educational Programs and Research Proposals.

If you would like the opportunity to join an RGE committee please fill in the form below with as much information as to why you would make a great committee member!

Roaster Camp 2016 – Most Innovative Conference

Hannah Davies

The inaugural European Roaster Camp which took place in Pärnu, Estonia last October was recently nominated by the Estonian Convention Bureau for an award in their annual Conference Awards. Roaster Guild of Europe is very happy to announce that we came first in our category and won the award for Most Innovative Conference 2016. 

It was our absolute pleasure to be invited back to Estonia to receive the award at a ceremony which took place in Tallinn on 11 January. The ceremony played host to 100 guests – chiefly conference organisers, members of the conference industry and university representatives – for an evening of music, food and recognition. The city's Deputy Mayor, Arvo Sarapuu, attended to  hand out the honours, accompanied by ECB Chairman Feliks Mägus and ECB Managing Director Kadri Karu. Also there to support and welcome us back to Estonia was Ave Pill, Sales Manager at Estonia Resort Hotel and Spa. 

The Estonian Convention Bureau is a non-profit organisation established jointly by public and private sector bodies. It was founded in March 2008 in order to attract international conventions like Roaster Camp and Barista Camp to Estonia. We'd like to express a huge thanks to ECB for their support with preparations for Roaster Camp and for their acknowlegement with this award!

RGE would also like to say a massive thanks to everyone who helped bring the inauguarl Roaster Camp to life – from the Working Group to volunteers to the trainers & speakers and to Eventhaus – we couldn't have done it without you!

 

Thank You To The Roaster Camp Partners

Hannah Davies

The inaugural Roaster Camp has come to fruition through the hard work and contribution from a range of avenues. The Roaster Guild of Europe Working Group have generously given up their time and experience to offer world class teaching at Camp; SCAE executives have listened to the needs of the roasting community to create an exciting program; and last but my no means least, a whole host of companies have come forward to partner with RGE to make the event happen. 

Hands-on roasting experience was high on the agenda when planning for the Camp educational program so we are pleased to work with a selection of highly regarded manufacturers in Loring, Giesen, Diedrich, Probat and Coffee Tech. Each attendee will have the opportunity to explore and test out the machines during the event with advice from company representatives and experienced peers. 

There'd be no roasting without green beans so for that we must thank our six Green Coffee Partners – Algrano, Cafe Imports, Caravela, Falcon Specialty, Nordic Approach and Panama Varietals have all contributed a generous amount of high-quality coffee for attendees to practice with, taste and learn from. To ensure that none of these contributions are wasted, the roasted coffee will be donated to a local Pärnu community centre following the event  We're also stoked to be giving each of our Green Coffee Partners a slot in the schedule to present their coffee through cupping – check out the program here. 

During breakfast, breaks and, well, anytime really there'll be coffee brewed through equipment from Marco and espresso drinks will be available from the Black Eagles supplied by Nuova Simonelli. Good news is that all coffee will be brewed up by a representative from each of the roasters giving Roaster Camp attendees the best chance for connecting to and learning from the wider coffee community. To ensure our partners are extracting the best possible flavours from the cup we have water partners BWT on hand to filter all the water used for espresso and brewed coffee. Campus at Union, Five Elephant and local roasters; Rocket Bean will deliver the coffee during breaks.

To tie the event together, Roaster Camp Equipment Partners Sinar have supplied essential lab tools; Ikawa has provided their market leading sample roasters and Cropster software will help to aid teaching and add some fun to the team challenges!

What'll be in my goodie bag? Cafe Imports, Klean Kanteen and W.Wright have contributed to the Roaster Camp tote – you'll have to wait and see what's inside ;)

Finally, we'd like to say a huge thank you to Tamper Tantrum for their support in producing the afternoon program at Roaster Camp and also to our three key media partners, Barista Magazine, European Coffee Trip and Jordan Sanchez Photography.

We look forward to welcoming you all to Estonia next week!

Trierside Chat

Hannah Davies

Our counterparts at SCAA have reached out to us at Roaster Guild of Europe to join one of their regular Trierside Chats. These online meetings play host to a series of mini presentations on a particular topic before opening up to the listening audience for questions and input. 

You can listen again on a previous chat regarding Regional Roasters Groups for an idea of what to expect this Wednesday evening.

Join us for the next Trierside Chat on September 28, 2016, at 11pm CEST as we discuss what the SCAA/SCAE Unification means for the Roasters Guild and its members moving forward. Stream the conversation at youtube.com/scaacoffee and join the conversation by asking questions on Twitter by tagging #RoastersGuild.

Panelists for this Trierside Chat will be Roasters Guild Executive Council chair Mary Tellie, Vice Chair of the Communications Committee Andi Trindle-Mersch, and Communications Committee Member Adrienne Blasky, as well as Sonja Grant of the Roaster Guild of Europe Working Group, and SCAE's Guild Manager Isa Verschraegen and Guild Coordinator Hannah Davies, and SCAA's Director of Professional Development and Director of Special Projects on Unification Ellie Hudson.

We hope you'll tune in live and participate by asking questions – we want to hear from you! If you can't make the late schedule then we're happy to take questions prior to the meeting. Send them through to us at hello@roasterguildofeurope.com