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RNY Lab Community Meeting Special Guest Recaps & Videos

Screenshot from our chat with our friends in Costa Rica
The amount of inspiration, hope and laughter that has been going on in these community meetings has really been a source of joy for us!

For the past two weeks we have been changing up the format of the RNY Lab Community Meeting to focus more on ‘gathering the larger community’

click on image to watch RNY Lab Community Meeting with Ben!

The first of the series of Special Guest Meetings: Honduras with Benjamin Paz

– Effects of COVID-19 on the most regulated coffee country
– Creative Solutions for challanges with pickers
– A very cute coffee cat shirt
– Football
– Learning
– This year’s harvest
– Trends in coffee and diversity through processing
– A small tour of Beneficio San Vincente

click on image to watch RNY Lab Community Meeting with Joe and our El Salvadorian Friends!

Global Coffee Community with Joe Borg and surprise drop-in guests from El Savador, Carlos and Gerardo Mendez

– Giving us some hope and inspiration
– Quality, processing and collaboration
– Talking current and potential effects of COVID-19, adaptions and creative solutions to some of the challenges on a farm level.

click on image to watch RNY Lab Community Meeting with Fransisca & Family + Sebastien

Costa Rica with Francisca & Family from Las Lajas with Sebastian from STC

– Background on Las Lajas Mill
– Natural SL-28, processing, variety experiments,
– COVID-19 logistical challenges and long term effects on quality

click on image to watch RNY Lab Community Meeting with Pedro

Coffee in Colombia with Pedro Echavarria from Pergamino

– COVID-19 transportation challenges
– Currency exchange
– His journey into the specialty market and moving things forward
– Addressing quality control and transparency

click on image to watch RNY Lab Community Meeting with Josue

Josue from Los Volcanes in Guatemala

-Coffee farm and compost facility tour -Compost process (including meeting the ‘Mother of Worms’) -Managing coffee trees (shade, weather and nutrition) -Sustainability Projects (or ‘circular economics’ as Josue calls them) at Los Volcanes

Upcoming Special Guest Meetings:

Monday May 11th, we look forward to chatting with Yonatan Gonzalez, co-founder of Cuatro Vientos in Huila, Colombia. He is one of two brothers that founded the specialty export company just two years ago. With Yonatan, we will discuss how they manage quality control and producer feedback as well as explore the impressive quality of coffee coming out of the region.

Friday May 15th, we will be chatting with Demilson Batista, Jr. owner of Legender Especial. We plan on chatting about the coffee industry in Brazil, advancements in farm technology, sorting, and managing quality. But, these meetings are open, so feel free to join us and bring your own questions as well!

We will be continuing these meetings at least through the end of June! We hope to see you there!

Zoey Thorson

Coffee Pro/Veteran Educator. Over 10+ years of teaching a wide variety of coffee disciplines to a diverse student base around the world. Q-Grader and SCA Authorized Specialty Trainer. In 2019 Zoey became the Director of Education for The Lab by Royal NY. Zoey is friendly, approachable and informative with a vast knowledge base...come take a class at The Lab and see for yourself.