November 8 - 10 2019 |Magic Box @ The Reef, LA.
  • The Lab

Ooh La Lab. Get down with cutting edge talks, thrilling debates and interactive workshops. 

The Los Angeles Coffee Festival's Lab program features an exciting line-up of interactive demonstrations, workshops, talks and tastings from industry experts.

What's better than one lab? Two! There will be double the speakers and double the buzz.

Witness cutting-edge coffee art and science and experience first-hand the latest brewing techniques and taste sensations.  

Discover current industry trends, gain top tips for setting up a coffee shop, explore the history of coffee or relax with a drink and learn something new.

If you want to get a flavour of what to expect, check out last year's timetable below. The Lab and Tasting Room were supported by Rishi Tea.


Friday November 9 - Industry Day

12.00pm | Environmental sustainability in cafés: Cradle to grave analysis – Adam Carr, Seven Miles Coffee Roasters

12.45pm | Direct Trade 2.0: The use of technology to empower farmers and create more reliable supply chains – Brian Lovejoy, Califia Farms

1.30pm | How We Made a New Milk – Anna Dair, Straus Family Creamery

2.15 | What Coffee Can Steal From Fine Dining – Maya Albert, Devocion, and JD Nasaw, NoMad

3.45 | Coffee with LAtitude: California’s journey to origin – Lindsey Mesta, Frinj Coffee

4.30 | Colonialism in Coffee – Emily Davis, Counter Culture

5.15pm | Sustainability at Scale – Matt Swenson, Chameleon Cold Brew


Saturday November 10


10.30am | Storing Coffee to Optimize Freshness – Robert Wallach, Coffee Freshness Systems

11.15am | From Barista to Coffee Shop Owner – Barista Dritan Alsela

12.00pm | Women in Coffee – a panel with Stumptown Coffee Roasters

12.45pm | Mad Lab Coffee Roasters

2.15pm | Boutique at Scale: When an Indie Company Transitions into a Small Chain - Diana Olsen, President Balzac’s Coffee Roasters

3.00pm | Zero Waste in the Food Industry – LaRayia Gaston, Lunch on Me

3.45pm | A Peek into China: What Does Specialty Coffee Mean in This Tea Drinking Nation? - Ray Li, Seesaw Coffee

4.30pm | The New Rules of Coffee: A Book Q&A and Signing – Jordan Michelman and Zac Carlson, Sprudge

Sunday November 11

10.30am | Storing Coffee to Optimize Freshness – Robert Wallach, Coffee Freshness Systems

12.00pm | Colonialism in Coffee – Emily Davis, Counter Culture

2.30pm | Maja Wallengren, Spilling The Beans

4.00pm | Oliver Townsend, Puq Press

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