The biggest coffee news of 2013 is the Coffee Leaf Rust outbreak in Central America, which is having a profound effect on all coffee production there, and will have a particularly powerful impact on specialty. We’ll examine the history of the disease, the nature of tropical agricultural diseases like Rust, and the best way to mitigate their effect on the specialty coffee industry. Leaders from coffee institutions will outline the current response, including short term reactions and effects, medium term responses, and long term solutions.
Steve Savage, Consultant/Blogger
Savage & Associates
Mary Catherine Aime, Associate Professor, Purdue University
Alejandro Keller, Finca Santa Isabel