Sintercafé hosted the 34th (virtual) edition on 12th and 13th November

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We would like to sincerely thank Mr Roberto Ianni, business developer of TradeYourCoffee for Italy, who provided this documentation.

The most advantageous and best attended coffee event took place in a coffee producing nation. Each year more than 500 participants come to Sintercafé pursuing the opportunity to exchange information, share their experiences, and interact with the world’s top-notch coffee community in order to strengthen coffee commerce globally.

Sintercafé – International Coffee Week – is an annual event recognized worldwide which incorporates both sides of the coffee value chain. Each November Costa Rica becomes the meeting place for key decision makers from the most important coffee companies in the world.

Sintercafé, founded in 1987, is a non-profit organization whose main objective is the promotion of Costa Rica’s outstanding coffee. Below you will find the list of the speakers and the title of each speech.

12th November

9:00AM – Opening – Mr. Arnoldo Leiva

President, Sintercafé

9:30AM – Café de Costa Rica: Next Gen – Mrs. María Auxiliadora Bonilla y Mr. Enrique Carvajal


10:30AM – From pandemic to climate change: the challenges we can overcome only together – Mr. Andrea Illy

Chairman, Illy Caffè

Before the pandemic, 60% of coffee consumption was out of home, in the hospitality channels. This poses a great challenge during the current pandemic. In the short term a diversification of distribution channels is essential.

10:45AM – Covid-19: How the Pandemic destroyed the box

Global Volcafe Way Manager, Volcafé

11:30AM – Global Coffee: Tracking the Changes in a Post-Covid World – Mr. Michael Schaefer

Global Lead, Food & Beverages, Euromonitor International

An overview of how the pandemic is shaping the industry and the future of Food & Beverages after the changes due to the pandemic.

12:15MD – Coffee varieties & Origin Diversity: Why Agricultural R&D is essential

for coffee’s future– PhD Vern Long

CEO, World Coffee Research

The main theme is the role that Agricultural Research & Development plays in coffee’s future, and how it contributes to discovering origin diversity and new coffee varieties.

13th November

9:00AM – Panel – Together Toward Tomorrow: EU Green Deal Implications

for the Coffee Industry

Engr. Carlos Fonseca Castro, Gerente Técnico, ICAFE.

Mrs. Eilee Gordon-Laity, Secretary General, European Coffee Federation.

Mr. Dean Sanders, Founder and Chairman, GoodBrand.

Mr. Cyrille Jannet, Vice President SCTA, Managing Director Keurig Trading.

Mr. Bill Murray, President & CEO, National Coffee Association, U.S.A.

10:00AM – True or False: Coronavirus boosts coffee consumption? – Mrs. Anna Vänskä

and Mr. Rami Kuusisto

Senior Sourcing Manager and Commercial Director, Retail and OOH Finland, Paulig.

10:45AM – The Post-Crisis Economy and Financial Markets– Mr. G.Scott Clemons

Chief Investment Strategist, Brown Brothers Harriman & Co.

11:30AM – Funds, fundamentals, smoke and mirrors- Mr. Carlos Mera

Senior Commodity Analyst, Rabobank

Coffee prices: supply, demand, funds, currencies and other factors that have been affecting the rollercoaster of prices over the last year.

12:15PM – Have we sold sustainability short? Past advances and next steps in the coffee sector’s sustainability journey– PhD Janina Grabs

Postdoctoral researcher, Environmental Policy Lab, Department of Humanities, Social and Political Science, ETH Zurich