Boston (Amerika Serikat), 10-11 April 2019 – Re:co (About:coffee) is a unique event designed for high-level discussion, leading innovation and strategy development for those passionate and influential in the world of speciality coffee.

Through a mixture of speakers and a chance for interactive experiences, Re:co looks at the speciality coffee market, the challenges we face and some of the solution we have, opportunities for growth and development and will delve into how these can be approached.

Re:co event provides multitude of advantages such as attended by speakers with a variety of experiences to share, create a chance to interact and to establish new market, as well as a forum for multi actors to gather and learn about the challenges of coffee sector, exploring the solutions that offered, opportunities to grow, and further understanding other aspects of coffee.

Audience Re:co are those looking to gain insight into the speciality coffee market and supply chain, as well as those looking to be challenged and insipired by their industry. It is an essential event for leaders of businesses who believe that collaborative work and discussion can benefit all involved.

Represented by its Executive Director, Ms. Veronica Herlina, SCOPI is proud to be given rare opportunity to speak in this symposium where as the only Indonesia speaker invited to such prestigious event with estimated 300-400 people attending with fantastic adminission fee of USD 1,195-1,595 per person.

As side to promote SCOPI and further strengthening its presence at international level, SCOPI participation in this event was also part of its support to strengthen collaboration with Global Coffee Platform.

During the event, the audience preferred speakers who mastered and had first hand experience and dealt with a particular issue and provide visual presentation such as images, photos, and or infographics to support the stories presented, rather than reports or product promotion. The speakers were advised to share their knowledge by interacting with the respective audience hence it would encourage the participation of the audience in brainstorming feasible solutions as well as increasing concern of the issue discussed.

GCP Chair of the Board opened his platforms collaboration presentation on how the global platforms cooperates to support sustainable coffee and how GCP has been working for the past 3 years with these coffee producer country platforms. They work on necessary programs to be implemented and how everyone can involved. It focuses on how these country platforms can work in an area that needed assistance and ultimately work effectively to tackle any challenges in developing sustainable coffee at regional level. It also shows how country platforms supported by GCP empower people, private sector, organisation, and government to together create global sustainable coffee.

The organiser gave SCOPI an 18 minutes slot to speak on what has been done in Indonesia and its lingkages towards sustainable coffee and its awareness on improving farmers economy.

SCOPI had the opportunity to share its experience working in 15 provinces in different situations. One of the things that made the audience amazed was how big and complex Indonesia is, consist of thousands of islands, multiple languages and tribes with challenges such as infrastructure, internet accessibility, cultural difference, inequality of education, and many other diversities. As the 4th largest coffee producer in the world that has more than a million farmers, Indonesia posses other uniqueness, aside from Robusta and Arabice, there are also certain group of farmes who have the potential to help reduce the impact of climate change by planting Liberika Coffee/Excelsa on peat land.

SCOPI also had the opportunity to inform the audience on the NSC (National Sustainable Curriculum) and MT (Master Trainer) program which are currently the staple implemented program to move forward and as concrete actions for sustainable coffee in Indonesia.

Finally, SCOPI invites the audience to support MT and its related program, where it has become the corner of sustainable coffee in Indonesia, a noble task that must be supported adequetly.

The last SCOPI-GCP presentation was closed by showing an integrated team approach to the audience, encouraging them to reflect on the “necessities” of mutual action and we are in unique moment in history where we experience the rise of sustainability movement in coffee producing countries.

As the takeaways, we need to follow up and possibly it’s SCOPI’s homework is to provide deeper understanding of the meaning of sustainability and the steps that need to be taken to achieve it and provide options to all stakeholders to contribute in its own ways to the coffee sustainability program, considering there are still lack of understanding nor care on the issue. For some, they might only want traceability. This should possible go hand in hand. So lets keep move forward to develop a good program to bring all the stakeholder interest to join to support the sustainability! and understand what they need too!

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