Stephen Leighton - Coffee with COVID-19 Podcast - Episode 3

Welcome to the Coffee with COVID-19 Podcast. A continuous series investigating the impact of COVID-19 on various different levels of the coffee industry. Our third episode is a conversation with Stephen Leighton, founder and now director of coffee at HasBean. In 2018 Stephen became director of coffee at Ozone Coffee Roasters, and to date, Stephen continues to partner in both 3FE and Drop Coffee Roasters. As well as his participation in the operations of the aforementioned businesses, Stephen is also a familiar face on the coffee competition scene, often appearing as MC at the annual World Barista Championships. You can find timestamps to each question covered in this episode below: 3:32 - What was your initial reaction to COVID-19? 3:39 - What are the initial actions that you have taken? 7:24 - How has COVID-19 affected your e-commerce and private sales? 10:19 - Have you experienced differing impacts internationally? 14:09 - How do you expect COVID-19 to impact green coffee trading? 19:09 - Will this influence career decision at agricultural levels? 21:18 - How do you counter market uncertainty in coffee? 24:29 - What are your key reflections on your experience thus far? 28:54 - What are your predictions for the coming months? 36:32 - Conclusions and closing discussion If you enjoyed this content, make sure to check out our Patreon as we have several different ways that you can join and support our community: Patreon enables us to work on projects such as this one, and we're very appreciative of your support which ensures that we can continue producing sponsor free media content. You can contact us or our collaborators using any of the channels below: *********************************** Instagram: Webshop: Youtube: Podcast: Patreon: Email: /

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