This weekend the reigning Aussie barista champion, Scottie Callaghan, is in London as part of a trip around the world. Â He’s been hanging out in Copenhagen, Oslo, Sweden and Amsterdam beforehand and is heading to the US early next week. Â I can’t help but be jealous.
Scottie’s trip is all about learning – talking to as many different people as possible, tasting as much as possible – and it seems like a pretty good idea to me. Â It is easy to slip into habits where working hard every day at what you do, and maybe reading up on stuff online feels like enough. Â You can’t replace the experience of learning through doing, but what I like about learning through discussion and tasting is that you often are taken down avenues and get ideas you hadn’t expected.
I haven’t travelled very much since the company started roasting, so I am really looking forward the upcoming SCAA show. Â The show is all about people for me, but I am pretty excited about the SCAA Symposium on the days beforehand. Â (It probably won’t surprise you to find out that Scottie is going to this as well!) Yes, I should be clear and state them I am involved in one of the sessions on the first day (about which I am actually a little nervous) but I am looking forward to the rest of the program too. Â (If you are curious you can see the program here) Â The idea of being in big room full of people who know more than I do about every single aspect of the coffee industry is immensely enticing! Â I’ll try to blog as much as possible from the event, but if you are going I look forward to having a chat over some coffee!
Hopefully when I get back I can get stuck into (and reveal) another couple of big projects that I think will be amazing – and are the reason all has been so quiet on here of late.