An official trade guild of the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA), the Coffee Technicians Guild (CTG) is dedicated to supporting the coffee industry through the development of professional technicians and to being the voice of technicians within the coffee community. Founded in 2016, the guild hopes to create a community of technicians who can provide mutual support and knowledge.
One of the best ways to build this community is through events and educational programs that provide opportunities to develop skills and learn best practices. The CTG just held its second Coffee Technicians Guild Summit in the U.S. and is gearing up for its first Summit in Europe, which will be held 16-17 November 2017 in Susegana, Italy. Event sponsors Astoria and BWT Best Water Technology will provide the venue and equipment to make this CTG Summit possible. This event will include two full days of diverse workshops, inspiring lectures, hands-on demonstrations, and team challenges. We invite technicians from around the world to join us for this exciting program.
The summit will be held at Astoria (Via Condotti Bardini, 1, 31058 Susegana TV, Italy), and will begin with an optional badge pick-up and reception at Hotel Astoria on Wednesday, November 15. The following day, attendees will enjoy listening to presentations from industry experts and take part in workshops. Dinner will be held at the San Salvatore Castle, which has a rich history and amazing views of the Prosecco wine hills. Additional presentations will take place on Friday, 17 November as well, followed by a factory tour of Astoria.
Lectures for Thursday and Friday will include the following sessions:
Tracking Your Extraction: A Technical Evaluation with Marco Wellinger of ZHAW (Zurich University of Applied Sciences) will explore the different chemical and physical markers that characterize an extraction.
Basic Principles of Electricity with Mike Khan of La Marzocco will focus on the core concepts of electricity, how its generated, how it is used in coffee equipment, and techniques for considering and diagnosing electrical circuits.
The Effects of Grinders on Roasted Coffee with Simon Green of Bunn UK Ltd. will offer a comparative discussion of Burr styles, hot vs. cold grinding, dosing technologies and a look to the future of grinding.
Test and Measurement Instruments for Your Coffee Machine with Allen Boney of RS Components will discuss electrical test instruments and how they can be applied to coffee machines.
Water and Machines: A Love/Hate Relationship with Sergio Barbarisi of BWT Water + More Italia will explore some of the ways in which water could be dangerous for our equipment and how to achieve optimal water.
Coffee Equipment - Preventative Maintenance with Steve Murdoch of Costa Coffee will provide insights on the effects of equipment failure on customer perception, brand loyalty, and ultimately customer spend and company profit.
The Science of Cleaning Products with Damian Marshall of Urnex will explore what makes an effective cleaning product and when to use a particular product on your machine.
Ready to join us?