The Color of Coffee Collective is on a mission. The Houston-based group led by Keith Hawkins seeks to grow and educate the coffee-drinking public by approaching specialty coffee from a different perspective, one that centers members of the BIPOC community who have worked tirelessly at all levels of the coffee supply chain, often without receiving due recognition. It’s a mission that will be on full display in Houston in May with the very first Collective symposium Color of coffeea day full of talks, presentations, vendors and networking that includes some of the hottest names in specialty coffee today.
On its website, the Color of Coffee Collective describes itself as “a group of unique and talented minority coffee growers, farmers, growers, roasters, creatives and coffee lovers who are committed to providing education on the specialty coffee industry”. Their list of partners includes Sprudgie Finalist Three Keys Coffee, Barista Life LA by Sprudge Twenty alum LaNisa Williams, and Tallahassee-based coffee and beer brand Ology Brewing. For its inaugural symposium, taking place May 14 at the Ion Conference Center in Houston, the Color of Coffee Collective has created a full day of learning and networking opportunities for enthusiasts and professionals who want to learn more about coffee. of specialty.
The day’s panel discussions include topics such as: the history of coffee (learning the past to move forward), origin perspectives (the history of coffee from the perspective of farmers and growers) , store keys and keeping it open (Basic Coffee Operations and Customer Service Experiences) and ROASTED (Basic Roasting Conversations). This all leads into the main event, a keynote by author and founder of the Coffee Coalition for Racial Equity, Phyllis Johnson of BD Imports, who will discuss buying and exporting/ of the future of coffee.
Additionally, as previously reported, the Color of Coffee Collective Symposium will also host the premiere of Cxffeeblack’s documentary, Cxffeeblack in Africathe story of the original first journey of the Memphis coffee company to the Guji area of Ethiopia.
And what is a coffee event without spillage? That’s why the night before, the Color of Coffee Collective will be hosting a Barista Throwdown at Segundo Coffee Lab, hosted by LaNisa Williams of Barista Life LA. There will be free hors d’oeuvres and drinks, cocktails to purchase, and a total of $1,000 in cash prizes for the top three competitors.
Tickets for the 2022 Color of Coffee Collective Symposium are $30 and can be purchased through Eventbrite. Out-of-town attendees can take advantage of discounted hotel rates at Hilton Americas by registering here. For more information on the Symposium, visit the official Color of Coffee Collective website.
Zac Cadwalader is Sprudge Media Network’s Managing Editor and a Dallas-based writer. Read more Zac Cadwalader on Sprudge.