What's Unique About Coffee in Bucharest?

Every coffee community has it's own story to tell. From the first specialty cafe to creating competitors, we invite local coffee professionals — Silvia Constantin (Barista School), Vlad Buda (Steam Coffee Shop), Cezara Carteș (Coca-Cola HBC Romania), and Alexandru Niculae (BOB Coffe Lab) — to join host Stuart Ritson to discuss "What's Unique About Coffee in Bucharest?"

Coffee Farm Misconceptions and Actual Diversity - Lisanne Oonk & Ivania Calderón

Lisanne Oonk & Ivania Calderón speaking at CoLab Bucharest 2018.

What comes to mind when you hear the words “coffee farmer?” A cultural anthropologist working in coffee sales at Primavera Imports, Lisanne investigates this question through the lens of coffee equality and social justice.

She is joined onstage by Ivania, a third generation coffee producer from Nicaragua, to discuss the diversity of coffee producers across different regions, countries, communities, and families. Addressing common assumptions about coffee producers, Lisanne and Ivania show how these stereotypes hinder developing relationships with coffee farmers.

The Challenges of Being A Biological Coffee Farmer - Tim Wendelboe

Tim Wendelboe speaking at CoLab Bucharest 2018

Biological farming presents a number of unique challenges. Tim Wendelboe walked us through the challenges and lessons he’s learned from starting his own coffee farm, Finca el Suelo.

He shares how he’s adjusted his techniques and perspective as he learns more about the land and about coffee farming (Hint: it involves compost and microscopes).

Tim also spoke at CoLab Paris in 2015 about soil biology. You can watch that talk here.