Bean Voyage Hosting Women-Powered Coffee Summit in Costa RicaDaily Coffee News by Roast Magazine

At the 2022 Women-Powered Coffee Summit. Photo by Felipe Araya, courtesy of Bean Voyage.

The coffee-focused nonprofit Bean Voyage is reprising its in-person event in Costa Rica called the Women-Powered Coffee Summit (WPCS).

The two-day event, taking place Nov. 2-3 at Doka Estate in the Costa Rican coffee-producing province of Alajuela, is designed to bring together women working throughout the coffee industry, including producers, exporters, importers, roasters and baristas.

Like last year’s inaugural WPCS, the summit offers a platform through which women working throughout the coffee value chain can connect and collaborate, while promoting the broader goal of gender equity within the coffee industry.

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Photo by Felipe Araya, courtesy of Bean Voyage.

Amaris Gutierrez-Ray, the founder of the Women in Coffee Project and head of coffee at New York’s Joe Coffee, attended the 2022 event.

“I think maybe if I had to single something out, it would be that gender equity isn’t just impactful and necessary for the greater sustainability of our industry because it’s radical and right, but because it’s productive,” Gutierrez-Ray said in an announcement shared by Bean Voyage. “Women are incredible collaborators, and they know how to work toward a better future for their communities because very often they are already doing it.”

Bean Voyage was founded by Sunghee Tark and Abhinav Khanal, who first got acquainted with the Costa Rican coffee sector during a 2014 trip to the Perez Zeledon region while in college.

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Photo by Felipe Araya, courtesy of Bean Voyage.

The social-enterprise organization has since expanded through online and in-person programming designed to benefit women who are small-scale coffee farmers. The organization focuses on training, access to finance, mentorship and market access.

Tickets for the second Women-Powered Coffee Summit  cost $200.

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