The sixth annual CoLab event recently took place in Belfast – a program of coffee talks, tours, workshops, tastings and community building all took place over three days within the Northern Irish city. Follow-up on the activities below and watch this space for news of the 2018 CoLab locations!
Ben and Rachel of Root & Branch serve up coffee during a coffee break using equipment provided by the CoLab: Belfast Brew Bar partner Marco.
First speaker of the day, Ben Szobody takes to the stage with a presentation titled Don’t Hire Your Customers. In his talk Ben broaches the missed opportunities that employers may experience if they don't broaden their search for staff wider than their typical customer. Ben opens the audiences’ eyes to new training program models and recruitment ideas.
Kathe was the second speaker of the day at CoLab: Belfast, filling the outside industries slot with a talk on The Culture Of Fermentation. This presentation offered an insight into the wonderful world of bacteria and fermentation process across the globe.
Sarah Hannaway of Bailies coffee serves up espresso during a coffee break on equipment provided by Food Solutions Limited.
Ralf Rueller concluded the morning of talks with his presentation on Establishing a Specialty Café: The Essential Building Blocks. Attendees were asked to consider all the factors that would ensure a potential new café was on the road to success.
During the afternoon at CoLab attendees are invited to join each of the morning speakers for a workshop developing on their presentation topic. In Ralf’s workshop, CoLab’ers were challenged to create a business plan for a new cafe using the factors outlined in his talk.
Kathe lead an interactive and practical workshop for attendees to create a jar of sauerkraut. A high percentage of the audience were completely new to the idea of home fermentation and relished the lesson in how to create their own fermented food product.
Jason Hyndman serves up brews from The Barn during one of the coffee breaks – a key opportunity for attendees to reflect on the talks and chat coffee!
The SCA Irish Chapter have nominated a number of representatives across the country to support them in their endeavours to build community and grow specialty coffee. Centre here is Cork based Caroline O'Keefe who is a fantastic advocate of the coffee community in Ireland.
Ben’s workshop encouraged attendees to take part in soft skills activities which are typically part of Ben’s training programs. Using these activities in the workshop allowed the attendee to consider what type of learner they were and how they fit into a learning environment.
Left to right: Ryan Lord of Lost & Found, Ryan Kane of Bailies Coffee and Stuart Ritson, BGE Events Chair.
This panel has taken place at the last couple of CoLab events and invites locals to discuss what’s different about the coffee scene in their city – exploring challenges, goals and progress.