Interview with Kaya Carretta of Nordic Approach
Ahead of the Coffee Roasters Guild Camp in Portugal, we had a chat with Kaya Carretta (right), a lab Manager for Nordic Approach, about why she got involved with the CRG, what she's looking forward to at camp and why you should join us in Évora!
Why did you become a member of the Coffee Roasters Guild and the CRG Events Committee?
I became a member when a friend of mine suggested that I joined the Coffee Roasters Guild; she thought I’d have a lot of fun joining in on planning, helping out and being a part of something bigger. CRG has definitely widened my perspective on what kind of coffee roasters we have, and certainly how many great people there are out there.
Have you attended camp before?
Yes! I was so lucky to arrange a cupping in Estonia 2016, and I was a speaker in Poland in 2017. This year I’m going to Portugal both as a speaker and MC for a panel discussion, which is exciting for me.
What are you looking forward to at CRG Camp this year?
I am really looking forward to hear the talk about Coffee Fermentation: The Science behind it, opportunities for a better control and cup quality enhancement. I think there is so much buzz around this topic now. And you can see this in different competitions, roasteries etc. Crazy experiments, funky, wild coffees win peoples hearts because it’s a cup to remember!
Yourself and Alexandru Nicolae are leading the Hands-on Roasting: Influence of Green Coffee Processing workshop, what can attendees expect from the workshop?
The attendees can expect to get a thorough walkthrough on the different processes and preparations we have in coffee these days. They can expect to get an understanding about acids, how these are perceived in coffee.
Why would you encourage people working in the roasting industry to attend CRG camp?
I would encourage people to attend because there are so many great talks, great teachers, IT’S IN PORTUGAL! And if you wanna drive your passion onwards, you need to join! You need to travel out of your roastery see other roasters learn new experiences share values and meet people through the one thing we all love so much. Coffee. That’s what I love about coffee. It’s like an extended family. The people I meet at Camp, are my friends. We all meet during World of Coffee, and we’ll soon meet again in Évora for camp.
Join us in Évora Portugal 10-13 October 2018.
View the full program and buy your ticket to camp today by visiting the camp website.