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Vision & Mission

SCTA Next Gen Lead

The SCTA Next Gen is an initiative developed under the umbrella of the Swiss Coffee Trade Association. Its aim is to create a dynamic network of coffee talents in its sector, provide learning opportunities and foster exchanges.

With that goal in mind the SCTA Coffee Professionals is providing a platform for the ‘Next Gen’, keen to develop the necessary skills and lead tomorrow’s coffee world. The accessibility of information today requires us to work as teams, and we believe in the positiveness coming out of change!

The Council

Judith de Boer

Global GC Strategic Partnership Program Lead at JDE Peet’s

Loïc Gros

Group Coffee Buyer for UCC Europe

Sarah Quinodoz

Senior Marketer at LDC

Sheaian Lee

Coffee Sustainability Manager at Touton

Max Schneider

Coffee Trader at Hacofco

Abhishek Sharma

Vice President- Sales Green Coffee & New Products at ofi

Jamie White

Sales Trader at Sucafina SA

NEXT Gen Agenda

If you have any suggestion regarding the SCTA Next Gen activities, do not hesitate to contact us via to share your ideas! 

Webinars & Events 2024

February 20th
15:00 CET

Webinar on Ethiopia -Trends & Opportunities

A webinar and panel discussion with

  • Abdullah Bagersh from Bagersh (Coffee exporter)
  • Phil Schluter from Covoya (Trader)
  • Catherine Musangi + Paul Stewart from Technoserve

March 7th-8th

UK Coffee Tour

UK Coffee Tour

April 8th
4pm CET

SCTA Next Gen Webinar, Consumption Trends in Europe

Consumption Trends in Europe
Guest Speakers :

  • Paul Rooke, Executive Director, British Coffee Association
  • Holger Preibisch, CEO, German Coffee Association
  • Pavan Adarsh, VP- Coffee Research, Olam Food Ingredients

May 2nd
18:30 CET

Afterwork drinks event, Geneva

Kiosque des Bastions (

June 28th

World of Coffee, Copenhagen

Refshaleøen, Copenhagen
June 28th 2024
20:00 – 23:00 │Open bar│ Canapés│ DJ

Thank you to our sponsors!

  • Group Sopex
  • Sucden Coffee
  • Vidya Coffee

October 2nd-4th

SCTA Coffee Forum & Dinner 2024 Sustainability Contest

SCTA Coffee Forum & Dinner, with the Next Gen Sustainability Contest

SCTA Next Gen Sustainability Contest

To join the SCTA Next Gen Sustainability Contest 2024, just click the following button to access the dedicated Q&A page. We hope that you are just as excited as we are and that you feel motivated to share your initiative with us and the rest of the world!  

Thank you and we are looking forward to hearing from you soon!
Your SCTA Next Gen Council

2023 – first edition

In 2023, we announced our first SCTA Next Gen Sustainability Contest. The aim of our contest was to support existing and new initiatives that sought to safeguard the future of coffee.

Through sponsorship from SCTA and a range of other coffee industry players such as UCC,Tchibo, JDE Peet’s, Vidya Global, Louis Dreyfus Company, Sucafina, Hamburg Coffee Company, Touton SA and Enveritas, we were able to raise CHF 21,250 in prize money.

Following a call for proposals, we received 30 applications. The Council and representatives from the sponsor companies then selected the three finalists: 

  • TechnoServe with –CAFEProject Peru: Training of young baristas among coffee-growing households”;
  • PROTEEN with “Circular Coffee Waste: Harnessing the power of insects to produce a ‘supercharged fertiliser’ at coffee washing stations;
  • Sucafina Indonesia with “Grounds for Growth”: Empowering farmers through sustainable coffee waste management.

The finalists were invited to pitch live on-stage in Basel at the 14th SCTA Forum & Dinner – you can check out their pitches here:

Attendees of the 14thSCTA Forum & Dinner were invited to vote for their favourite initiatives on the SCTA Connectapp. The winner was announced during the SCTA Coffee Dinner on Friday evening –

We are delighted to announce that PROTEEN’s project “Circular Coffee Waste was the winner of our first SCTA Next Gen Sustainability Contest.

Once again, we thank all the applicants and especially to our finalists who joined us in Basel for their final pitches Dineshbabu Velumany of Sucafina & Sergio López Zapata of TechnoServe, as well as all our sponsors.

We are already looking forward to our second Sustainability Contest in 2024 – watch this space for more updates.