The Specialty Coffee Association has postponed the World of Coffee event due to take place in Poland and is working to postpone events in the US as the coronavirus pandemic spreads.
World of Coffee in Poland will now take place 15-17 October 2020. The Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) said the 2020 Melbourne International Coffee Expo (MICE), featuring the 2020 World Barista Championship and World Brewers Cup, has also been postponed by the show’s organisers to 3-6 November 2020.
In a statement, the SCA said it is also working with its partner venue in the US to review options for postponing the Re:co Symposium and Specialty Coffee Expo, both due to take place in April in Portland, Oregon.
Apart from the concerns associated with the coronavirus pandemic itself, the SCA also highlighted the fact that the Trump administration has established a ban on travel from Europe to the US, and that the state of Oregon has announced a 30 day ban on gatherings of more than 250 people.
“Since the initial concerns over the spread of coronavirus Covid-19, we have been meeting daily with various vendors, partners, sponsors, and supporters of our main events, monitoring news and official advisories as well as the questions and concerns coming in from our community,” the SCA said.
“We are grateful for the messages of understanding and support, and all the feedback we have seen and received. We recognize the diverse opinions and challenges of all our global communities.
“The Oregon Convention Center and Travel Portland, who will be hosting Re:co Symposium and Expo, have informed us that despite the state of emergency declaration in Oregon, there is ‘no new guidance’ on large gatherings and that events will move forward as planned.
“We are awaiting an update on this stance following the World Health Organization’s recent decision to label the Covid-19 outbreak as a pandemic. We are working to post updates as soon as possible.”