Category: Arts:Food

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CoLab: Paris: “Ensuring Coffee’s Future” | Klaus Thomsen (The Coffee Collective)

December 21, 2015

This week, as a special Christmas treat, we are jumping the gun a little bit and sharing an incredible call to action from The Coffee Collective’s Klaus Thomsen from CoLab: Paris. We’re sharing this now for two reasons: (1) we’re hoping that with the holiday break, you’ll have the time to watch it from start to finish in one go , so that you can really let it sink in and (2) this time of year is all about reflecting on the past year and planning for the future. We’re sincerely hoping that you’ll take Klaus’ message into account when you’re making those New Year’s resolutions.

We’ve made absolutely no secret that we’ve been asking Klaus to come and speak at a Tamper Tantrum since its very inception, and we think it has been worth the wait to get him up on stage—this presentation highlights one of less-talked about challenges facing the continued production of quality coffee and offers some solutions as to how we can take strong steps to improve our collective future.


Klaus Thomsen first picked up a portafilter in 2001 in London. Shortly after returning home to Denmark, Klaus won the Danish Barista Championship in both 2004 (placing 3rd in the 2004 WBC) and 2006, when he went on to win the World Barista Championship.

In 2007, he joined with Peter N. Dupont, Casper E. Rasmussen, and Linus Törsäter to open The Coffee Collective. Now, as both Co-Owner and Director of Sales, Marketing, and Barista Education, Klaus helps to grow the team of/with 30 baristas working at The Coffee Collective’s three shops (Jaegersborggade, Torvehallerne, and Godthåbsvej). To follow along with all of the cool things happening at The Coffee Collective, check out their instagram, facebook, or website.

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