- PRF champions Latin America as a leading coffee knowledge centre and places producers at the forefront of important industry-wide conversations
- Next year’s event will take place in San Salvador, El Salvador on 16 and 17 March
- Speaker applications are now open
Speaker applications for the coffee industry’s largest producer-focused event, Producer Roaster Forum (PRF), are now open. Each year, PRF brings together thousands of coffee professionals – including producers, roasters, traders, baristas, and more – to an origin country in Latin America.
Following on from this year’s event in Medellín, Colombia, PRF is set to return to El Salvador on 16 and 17 March 2023. The two-day forum will take place at the Salamanca Exhibition Centre in San Salvador.
In order to host an industry-leading event, PRF invites a range of coffee professionals to give speeches and lectures across both days. Speakers at the event will discuss a wide range of prominent topics and issues in the global coffee industry.
Building on the success of previous PRF events
Since its establishment in 2016, PRF has hosted a two-day forum in a coffee-producing country each year. Each event focuses on one origin country, with previous editions taking place in Brazil, Honduras, and Guatemala.
Earlier this year, PRF Colombia was held at the Plaza Mayor in Medellín, which welcomed more than 5,000 people from over 50 countries – with even more attendees expected for PRF El Salvador.
PRF is a platform which brings together thousands of international coffee industry professionals for the opportunity to connect and discuss some of the most pressing issues facing the global coffee sector – as well as providing sustainable solutions.
A large part of this revolves around an extensive programme of speeches, lectures, presentations, educational workshops, and cuppings led by some of the industry’s most respected and knowledgeable figures from across the supply chain.
Why speak at PRF El Salvador?
At PRF Colombia, speakers discussed a range of relevant and forward-thinking topics which spanned across the supply chain.
Some of these lectures and panels included topics such as experimental processing techniques, gender equity in coffee production, cold brew and ready-to-drink products, the growth of specialty blends, and many more.
Speakers are able to share their expertise, experiences, and visions for the future of the coffee industry on a global stage. Ultimately, this provides them with an opportunity to discuss issues and trends which are important to them and their businesses with a much wider audience.
Moreover, attendees are also able to gain new knowledge and perspectives on some of the most relevant topics in today’s coffee industry – helping to keep pushing the industry forward.
As PRF specifically focuses on producers and roasters, both are encouraged to apply for speaker positions. However, if you are a coffee professional of any capacity, you are also welcome to submit an application.
Speaker applicants should have at least five years of experience in their respective fields, as well as some degree of experience in public speaking. Both English and Spanish-speaking coffee professionals are able to apply.
No matter which topic is discussed, speakers need to provide insightful and educational resources and tools for the thousands of people in attendance. Speeches at PRF also need to be tailored to the host country to provide real value to the sector’s key stakeholders – especially producers.
However, it’s important to note that in addition to speeches and lectures, speakers are also able to take part in panel discussions, micro-lectures, and hands-on educational workshops.
If you are interested in speaking at PRF El Salvador, please apply by 31 November 2022.
Successful applicants will hear from PRF within a week of receiving your submission, with further information to be provided following this.
PRF El Salvador is set to be the biggest edition of the event yet. Early bird tickets are now available to purchase, including local and international tickets.
To watch speeches and presentations from PRF Colombia, visit the PRF YouTube channel.
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