Panel Discussion — Los Angeles

Over Coffee, Session IX:
Coffee in Crisis

Life & Thyme presents Over Coffee, an ongoing talk series making sense of the world—with coffee. Each session we invite a panel of experts to discuss topics and ideas centered around food, hospitality, creativity and social issues in order to better understand the things that matter most to our community at a grassroots level.

Over 2.25 billion cups of coffee are consumed daily around the world. The coffee industry is worth over $100 billion on a global scale. And yet, coffee farmers are facing economic instability and dire consequences as a result of climate change, placing the future of coffee as we know it at stake. Combating these effects will require systemic change and consumer participation.

In conversation with Life & Thyme founder & Editor in Chief Antonio Diaz, we welcome Heather Perry, Vice President of Klatch Coffee and current president of the Specialty Coffee Association; Matt Swenson, Chief Product Officer of Chameleon Cold-Brew; Sam Sabori, Intelligentsia Coffee’s National Roasting Manager and Green Coffee Buyer; and Chris Jordan, Co-Founder of Coffee Manufactory and CEO of Tartine. Hear how each of these acclaimed organizations are working to address the coffee crisis with sustainable initiatives, and how consumers can help.

Thursday, October 17, 2019
10am — 12pm

Tartine Bianco
757 S Alameda St
Los Angeles, CA 90021

Free with an RSVP

Includes pastries and coffee provided by Tartine.

Meet the Panelists

Heather Perry
VP, Klatch Coffee
President, Specialty Coffee Association

When it comes to coffee professionals, few have the accolades and breadth of experience of Heather Perry. Ms. Perry is the Vice President and Director of Training and Consulting for Klatch Coffee, a 26-year-old Los Angeles based coffee roaster and retailer, and current Board President of the Specialty Coffee Association.

Matt Swenson
Chief Product Officer, Chameleon Cold-Brew

As Chameleon Cold-Brew’s Chief Product Officer, Matt Swenson leads the company’s robust innovation pipeline and oversees all aspects of the coffee-making process for the Austin-based brand. Swenson brings his deep expertise to the meticulous formulation of Chameleon’s coffee products from soil to bottle, while also leading the company’s responsible sourcing practices and managing Chameleon’s core leadership team.

Samuel Sabori
National Roasting + QC Manager / Green Coffee Buyer, Intelligentsia Coffee

Sam Sabori, Intelligentsia Coffee’s National Roasting + QC Manager and Green Coffee Buyer for Guatemala sees the supply chain in full circle, and exemplifies how holding dual roles in sourcing and roasting / quality control can unlock new dimensions of coffee, redefine coffees reputation and hopefully, enable everyone in Intelligentsia’s supply chain to make more informed decisions.

Chris Jordan
CEO, Tartine
Co-Founder, Coffee Manufactory

Chris Jordan has been in the coffee industry for over 20 years and is a recognised coffee industry leader with experience in all business disciplines; equipped with in-depth experience in sourcing, growing, roasting, quality and retail processes across multiple, diverse geographies. He is currently CEO of Tartine and the Co-Founder of Coffee Manufactory.

Antonio Diaz
Founder & EIC, Life & Thyme

Antonio primarily focuses on Life & Thyme’s overall creative and editorial trajectory while also managing L&T’s filmmaking endeavors, such as the Emmy-winning show, The Migrant Kitchen. When he’s not dreaming up the next culinary adventure, you can find him seeking out the best kouign-amanns around town with a side of espresso.

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