Beanstock. A gathering of almost 30 independent roasters and over 2,000 people over the course of two short days. In other words, a coffee lover’s dream. It was a great experience and one I won’t soon forget. This year, I had the pleasure of attending the first session of Beanstock via a VIP media tour.
The small group of us got some great one-on-one time with several of the roasters at the event. They shared their stories, including some very interesting background on how they operate. Sustainability was a key theme that was mentioned by the majority of roasters our group talked with. This is important given the current state of coffee stocks all over the globe. It was also neat learning about the history of these companies and some of their processes. I’ll highlight some specific roasters in a special “part II” post early next week.
Talking with the founder/operator of Beanstock was a cool experience. From our brief conversation, it was evident that he truly had an incredibly strong passion for coffee. This passion translates into how he operates the business he started in 2012, Mountain Coffee. They truly care for coffee farmers and the product they produce. You can find more information on their website. Anyways, speaking of people, I also met Alfred from AlfredDrinkingCoffee on Instagram as I was on my way out. He’s a great, friendly person to chat with. I even got a photo with him!
Enough fan-girling for now. Being in an environment with so many people that have a passion for coffee made it incredibly hard to leave. This was my first year going to Beanstock, but I’m sure it won’t be my last. I’m already looking forward to next year! Also, I’ve noted this already, but watch out for Beanstock-Part II early next week where I discuss my top three roasters from the event. Keep your eyes peeled to my Twitter for when that comes out.
Until next time!