EventWorld Coffee Leaders Forum

World Coffee Leaders Forum(WCLF)

The first professional coffee forum ever held in Asia! Global coffee knowledge sharing platform Full of valuable insight on global key coffee issues

World Coffee Leaders Forum 2018

  • - Title : The 7th World Coffee Leaders Forum 2018 (WCLF 2018)
  • - Period : Nov. 8(Thu)~11(Sun), 2018
  • - Venue : Hall E, Coex, Seoul, Korea
  • - Theme : Meanings of Diversity in the Coffee Industry – It’s All About BALANCE
  • - Estimated number of participants : : 2,013 participants from 62 Countries: 1,293 participants from Korea and 720 from outside of Korea
  • - Programs : Opening Ceremony, Welcome Reception, Keynote Speech, Plenary Session, Professional Session, Origin Adventure Session, Champion Session, Sensory Session
  • - Concurrent Event : The 17th Seoul Int’l Cafe Show 2018
  • - Official Website : www.wclforum.org
  • - Official SNS : www.facebook.com/WorldCoffeeLeadersForum, twitter.com/WCLForum

Meanings of Diversity in the Coffee Industry – It’s All About BALANCE

Coffee people struggle. It is hard to be certain about the business model they set. One day, it is all about going back to principle and keeping classics. Then, the next day, all the new advances in technologies, techniques, research data, etc.

The world changes. And it changes really fast. When there is rapid change, it is expected that backlash will follow allowing a room for additional chaos: we all have experiences of adopting something in a rush not to be left behind and suffer from the side effects. 
Whereas much attention has been given these days to the polarization of the coffee industry, there are not many information to approach for coffee people around the world. World Coffee Leaders Forum committee have decided to raise the issue and observe it through the lens of diversity and balance. It is easy to go extreme but hard to be balanced. 
World Coffee Leaders Forum 2018 will open its 7th door under the main theme, “Meanings of Diversity in the Coffee Industry – It’s All About BALANCE.” Highly honored coffee industry leaders and scholars will be invited to share their insights and give solutions for those who wonder. Also, there are many sessions to be arranged for participants to experience coffee from a to z: plenary, professional, origin adventure, sensory sessions, and networking opportunities.
Participate in the World Coffee Leaders Forum 2018 and find the balance for your coffee. 


  Nov. 8 (Thu) Nov. 9 (Fri) Nov. 10 (Sat) Nov. 11 (Sun)
  Nov. 8 (Thu)~11 (Sun)

Seoul Int’l Cafe Show

09:00 Nov. 8 (Thu)~11 (Sun)


10:00 Nov. 8 (Thu)~11 (Sun)


Nov. 8 (Thu)

Plenary Session

Nov. 8 (Thu)

Professional Session A

Nov. 8 (Thu)~11 (Sun)


Nov. 9 (Fri)

Origin Adventure Session

Nov. 9 (Fri)

Professional Session A

Nov. 8 (Thu)~11 (Sun)


Nov. 10 (Sat)

Champion Session

Nov. 10 (Sat)

Professional Session A

Nov. 11 (Sun)

Sensory Session

Nov. 11 (Sun)

Professional Session A

13:00 Nov. 8 (Thu)


Nov. 8 (Thu)


Nov. 8 (Thu)


Nov. 8 (Thu)


14:00 Nov. 8 (Thu)

Professional Session B

Nov. 9 (Fri)

Professional Session B

Nov. 10 (Sat)

Professional Session B

  11 (Sun)

Professional Session B

19:00 Nov. 8 (Thu)

Welcome Reception


2016 Speaker

  • Timothy Schilling

  • Mery Santos

  • Emma Sage

  • Christopher Hendon

  • Hyun Yong Jung

  • Yannis Apostolopoulos

  • Nicholas Cho

  • Mike Yung

  • Berg Wu

  • Sasa Sestic

  • Hidenori Izaki

  • Tim Sturk

2015 Speaker

  • George Howell

  • Brett Smith

  • Abdullah Bagersh

  • Jason Wang

  • Joseph Brodsky

  • Ellie Hudson

  • Michael Phillips

  • Trish Rothgeb

  • Sasa Sestic

  • Caleb Cha

2014 Speaker

  • Andrea Illy

  • Ric Rhinehart

  • Matt Lounsbury

  • Robério Oliveira Silca

  • Mark Pendergrast

  • Rick Peyser

  • Myungkyu Ahn

  • Pil Hoon Seu

  • Mi-Ran Oh

  • Katsuhiko Hasegawa

  • Sunalini Menon

  • Xu Lu

  • Ja Sang Shin

  • Dato Seri Chia Kwang Chye

  • Stefanos Donatiotis

  • Susie Spindler

  • Sherri Johns

  • Hidenori Izaki