The Roaster's Forum has been tailored to cover topics suggested by our community of roasters of all sizes throughout the UK

This year’s Roaster’s Forum programme aims to continue conversations introduced in June 2021 at DRWakefield’s Full Circle. This two-day event connects coffee roasters with producers during an animated series of virtual talks, discussions and screenings.

Now in the physical space, the Forum is an opportunity to explore how businesses, sustainability, collaboration, innovation, and trends can stimulate better coffee production, sourcing, and roasting. We will hear from a range of expert voices from within the supply chain, from producers at origin to roasters, as well as leading thinkers working alongside coffee, in a series of engaging sessions aimed at reconnecting the industry through knowledge sharing and interaction.

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Timetable, 2nd September

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10:00
  1. Roaster's Forum
    45 mins
    An exploration into the cyclical nature of trends in coffee. From tastes and cup profiles to processing, sourcing and roasting, we discuss coffee trends of the past and their relevance for the industr ...
11:00
  1. Roaster's Forum
    45 mins
    A discussion into how innovative thinking across different industry sectors can create interconnectedness and progression in coffee.  Moderator: Jamie Treby, DRWakefield Key Speaker: Lucy Smith, Funk ...
12:00
  1. Roaster's Forum
    30 mins
    Taking place on the DRWakefield stand - Trends in Coffee: a journey of taste through the ages, examining in vogue coffee from past, present, and future perspectives. 
12:30
  1. Roaster's Forum
    45 mins
    A conversation into the importance of the emerging speciality Robusta market and the significance the species has for the coffee industry’s future.  Moderator: Jamie Treby, DRWakefield Key Speaker: Ni ...
13:30
  1. Roaster's Forum
    50 mins
    What role does genetics have for the future of the coffee industry? An exploration into genetic innovation, discovery and development in coffee. Moderator: Diane Johnson, DRWakefield Key Speaker: Cami ...
14:15
  1. Roaster's Forum
    30 mins
    Taking place on the DRWakefield stand - Guess the Species: a blind tasting of various coffee species, from Arabica to Liberica and Robusta. Can you guess which is which?
14:45
  1. Roaster's Forum
    45 mins
    Innovation and progression come at a cost. We discuss how approaches to business need to adapt to create a less impactful future for coffee, exploring carbon neutrality throughout the coffee supply ch ...
15:45
  1. Roaster's Forum
    45 mins
    The term ‘Sustainability’ means different things to different people. We explore the multidimensional approaches and understandings of sustainability throughout the coffee supply chain and hear from d ...