Day 1 – Sunday September 25, 2016

Coffee Cupping basics workshop
(8:00 – 10:00 a.m.)

Learn the basics of coffee cupping with this interactive and hands-on workshop. You’ll learn to evaluate coffee quality and characteristics, and develop your coffee palate by tasting distinct coffees from different regions. Space in this session is limited, so make sure to register early.

 

Not your granny’s ‘afternoon tea’
(8:00 – 8:45 a.m.)

Had enough of stuffy Afternoon Tea programs? This seminar will teach you how to capitalize on the rising popularity of tea at your establishment. Bring tea traditions into the 21st century and make them work for your operation. You’ll learn how to put together an interesting tea menu, how to cook with tea, and how to prepare tea cocktails that are sure to excite.

 

 

Tea tasting: India
(9:00 – 9:45 a.m.)TeaAssociationofCanada

Discover the differences in taste and character of the variety of teas grown in the different regions of India, from the muscatel notes of Darjeeling to the rich and malty notes of Assam. You will be surprised at the major, as well as minor, differences you will be able to discern after experiencing a number of different teas with the skillful guidance of the TAC TEA SOMMELIER® Head Instructor, Shabnam Weber.

 

Leverage your foodservice offering
(10:15 – 11:00 a.m.)

Learn the keys to putting together and executing a foodservice offering that will satisfy your customers, increase your profits, and contribute to the overall success of your café.

 

Exploring flavour trends & solutions for your café
(10:15 – 11:00 a.m.)

You don’t want to miss this session as Angela Thompson, Beverage Innovation Director of Monin, shares insider secrets and insights on the latest flavour innovation trends in foodservice. You’ll discover simple and flavourful recipes for coffees, iced teas, sodas, lemonades and much more, including how to deliver flavour solutions for culinary applications. In this seminar, learn how to use a single product in multiple applications and implement profitable seasonal limited time offers.

 

Barista meets bartender: How to make delicious beverages easily & effortlessly
(11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)DavinciBigtrain

Does a Prosecco Shrub & Cold Brew cocktail awaken your thirst? Come spend some time with a veteran mixologist as she makes and teaches drinks and teaches you how to make some serious cash with alcoholic beverage sales. We will taste-test different ways to make the same staple beverages that produce high-profit margins for your café! This will be an interactive class intended to leave you with valuable information to use immediately. We will explore the trending spirits and beverages utilizing some newly hyped libations, with recipes to take back to your own establishment. A high energy time to play with beverages and learn from a 25-year (young) veteran mixologist.

 

Panel discussion: The secrets of a successful coffee shop
(11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)coffee-assoc

Some of the leading figures in the retail coffee industry will join us for a discussion on the key success factors in retail coffee operations as well as emerging trends and threats that need to be monitored or addressed to position your business to thrive.

Day 2 – Monday, September 26, 2016

Tea industry update
(9:15 – 10:00 a.m.)

As the second most consumed beverage in the world after water, tea is affected by a variety of global trends and local TeaAssociationofCanadaissues and developments. The Tea Association of Canada will share the latest information on the most important issues affecting the production, distribution and retail sale of tea. This is a must-attend session for all those whose livelihood depends on the stability and well-being of the tea market.

 

Leverage your foodservice offering
(9:15 – 10:00 a.m.)

Learn the keys to putting together and executing a foodservice offering that will satisfy your customers, increase your profits, and contribute to the overall success of your café.

 

Exploring flavour trends & solutions for your café
(9:15 – 10:00 a.m.)

You don’t want to miss this session as Angela Thompson, Beverage Innovation Director of Monin, shares insider secrets and insights on the latest flavour innovation trends in foodservice. You’ll discover simple and flavourful recipes for coffees, iced teas, sodas, lemonades and much more, including how to deliver flavour solutions for culinary applications. In this seminar, learn how to use a single product in multiple applications and implement profitable seasonal limited time offers.

 

Tea tasting: Africa (Kenya & Malawi)
(10:15 – 11:00 a.m.)

Discover the differences in taste and character of the variety of teas grown in the different regions of Kenya and Malawi.

 

Brew a better cup
(10:15 – 11:00 a.m.)

A great cup of coffee is the cornerstone of many successful foodservice programs. Discover how to offer a superior coffee program that starts with an outstanding cup of coffee.

 

 

Barista meets blender: How to make delicious beverages
(10:15 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.)DavinciBigtrain

Come spend some time with a veteran barista as he makes all manner of blended drinks and teaches you the dos and don’ts of blender basics. We will taste-test different ways to make the same staple beverages like mocha frappes and strawberry smoothies, plus you will get hands-on time to do your own experimenting. We will explore the differences in blender quality of fresh/frozen/shelf-stable/fake fruits in blended drinks. Here’s your chance to play with different beverages and learn from a 10-year veteran barista.

 

Coffee industry update
(11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)coffee-assoc

Those of you whose livelihood depends on retail coffee sales definitely won’t want to miss this session. Lesya-Balych Cooper, president of the Coffee Association of Canada, will present compelling industry facts, figures, trends and analysis from the CAC’s proprietary research study.

 

Fairtrade Canada Lunch & Learn: Learning from the past and looking ahead
(12:00 – 1:30 p.m.)

Effective Fairtrade practices in the coffee industry can improve the lives of small scale farmers and marginalized workers. In this luncheon hosted by Fairtrade Canada, we’ll discuss the progress made in Canada over the past 20 years, and how you can contribute to getting farmers better prices, decent living conditions, and opportunities to control their futures and lead more dignified lives. Please join us; we’d love to hear your thoughts as we look ahead to the next 20 years!

 

Advanced cupping session
(12:45 – 2:45 p.m.)coffee-assoc

Those with a basic knowledge of cupping will enjoy this advanced session in which we take a tour through a variety of coffees from different areas, each with its distinctive characteristics. Learn to identify quality coffees so you can serve your customers superior products at premium price points.