CoffeeTea&Water show moves to New Orleans In 2012

New Orleans, a city rich in coffee history and the second largest port of entry for green coffee, will be host to the upcoming National Automatic Merchandising Association’s coffee, tea and water service event from Nov. 13 to 15, 2012.

This 3-day event, at the recently renovated New Orleans Hyatt Regency in New Orleans, La., is all inclusive. Registration covers the 15 educational sessions, presentations from industry leaders, networking opportunities, meals, receptions and attendance at the co-located International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) Business Conference.

Highlights of the CTW schedule include Tuesday’s keynote address, sponsored by Mars Drinks, from Ric Rhinehart, executive director of Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA). Rhinehart, former president of a California-based coffee roaster, will discuss the key trends in specialty coffee.

In the evening, NAMA is hosting a special New Orleans-themed reception for its attendees after the regular welcome reception.

Coffee Research Results

Wednesday starts off with the results of a 2012 consumer research study done by Heart+Mind Strategies, a market research firm, followed by two sets of educational sessions.

During the closing ceremony Thursday, Mike Dabadie, president and managing partner of Heart+Mind Strategies, will review how the presidential election will impact small business. After the ceremony, attendees are invited to tour the New Orleans Port Authority and Dupuy green coffee and tea facility.

For more information about CTW, contact Roger Stewart at or 616-299-6483 or visit Deadline for room registration is Oct. 18.