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The TED conference kicked off yesterday in Long Beach, California. TED is an annual event that brings over 50 speakers to a stage to speak in 18 minute bursts of knowledge. Chefs sometimes show up to: See Dan Barber and Homaro Cantu. There is no doubt that TED taps the zeitgeist from all directions, which is why is it awfully cool to see that the organizers have placed such a strong emphasis on coffee. Yes, coffee. It’s important right now, really important to many people.

According to coffee blog Sprudge, an incredible eight roasters are currently operating at the conference (which runs until March 1), with 38 baristas pulling espresso or working magic with Chemex. The baristas (see the full list) have travelled from Seattle, Denver, Portland and New York City. Here is a rundown of the coffee menu, which leans heavily towards Africa.

2013 TED Coffee Menu

Colombia La Plata, Huila, San Sebastien – MadCap Coffee Company
Ethiopia Chalalacktu and Oromia, Kemgin – Blue Bottle Coffee Company
Ethiopia Guji Shakisso, Suke Quto – Metropolis Coffee Company
Ethiopia Sidamo, Amaro Gayo – Salt Spring Coffee Company
Ethiopia Yirgacheffe, Konga Cooperative – Verve Coffee Roasters
Guatemala Santa Maria, La Armonia Hermosa – Deeper Roots Coffee
Kenya Kirinyaga, Mamuto – Allegro Coffee Company
Rwanda Lake Kivu, COOPAC – Irving Farm Roasting Company

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