“The Future of Cacao & Coffee: A Summit on Sustainability and Gender Equity in Two Global Supply Chains”

Time: 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Raytheon Amphitheatre, Northeastern University
Sponsored By: Northeastern Consortium on Food Systems, Sustainability, Health, and Equity; School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs; and Northeastern's Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion
Contact: Erika Koss,

The World in Your Cup: Conversations on the Politics and Culture of Coffee

The Summit Program Overview:

Session One: Exploring the Global Picture of Cacao and Coffee  (1-2:30 p.m.)

Exploring Taste: Fine Cacao & Speciality Coffee Break (2:30-3 p.m.)

Session Two: Exploring Beantown’s Role in Cacao and Coffee (3-4:30 p.m.)


Session One: Exploring the Global Picture of Cacao and Coffee,  1-2:30 p.m.

An Overview of Two Global Supply Chains (1-1:45 p.m.)

“Why Cacao Matters”

Carla Martin, Harvard University

“Why Coffee Matters”

Erika Koss, Northeastern University


The Global Picture: Sustainability & Gender Equity in Coffee & Cacao (1:45-2:30 p.m.)

“Sustainability & Gender Equity in Coffee: A Case Study in Myanmar

 Kimberly Easson, Coffee Quality Institute

“Sustainability & Gender Equity in Cacao: OxFam’s Work and Goals”

 Sarah Zoen, Senior Advisor, Private Sector Department, OxFam America


Break: 2:30-3 p.m.


Exploring Tastes of Fine Cacao and Specialty Coffee 

Session Two: Exploring Beantown Through Fine Cacao and Specialty Coffee, 3-4:30 p.m.

Panels: How Beantown’s Fine Cacao and Specialty Coffee Companies Consider & Apply Sustainability and Gender Equity

Cacao Panel, moderated by Carla Martin (3:15-3:45 p.m.)

Coffee Panel Moderated by Erika Koss (3:45-4:15 p.m.)

Concluding Remarks  (4:15-4:30pm)


Event partners include Harvard University’s Fine Cocoa and Chocolate Institute and OxFam America. Free and open to the public.

RSVP required. To RSVP, please click here.

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