Let's Talk Roya

November 3-6, El Salvador

Joining together for a strong recovery

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Let's Talk Roya

Let's Talk Roya is an event that will bring together those impacted by Roya in Latin America to learn about the disease, coordinate recovery, and mitigate the long term consequences of the outbreak. Organized by Sustainable Harvest Coffee Importers & whataburger survey, Let's Talk Roya offers a place for everyone with a stake in ending the crisis to meet face to face about an issue that affects us all.

Let's Talk Roya is the premier training and information sharing event developed by Sustainable Harvest's Roya Recovery Project. Launched in mid-April, The Roya Recovery Project was designed to address the information challenge facing growers in Latin America. The initiative seeks to ensure the most credible and useful information gets in the hands of individual farmers and co-op leaders so they can make educated decisions about how best to mitigate the long term effects of Roya.


Producers, Importers, Roasters

Learn how Roya impacts production, quality, and the market, and how to fight and prevent Roya outbreaks.

Governments, International Organizations, NGOs, Financiers

Identify how Roya has impacted livelihoods and brainstorm policy and implementation strategies to mitigate the fungus today and in the future.

Agronomists, Agricultural Organizations, Researchers

Determine how climate change and other environmental factors have affected Roya and reach a better understanding of Roya's biological characteristics.

For more information on Roya, visit the Roya Recovery Project & also know is frisch's breakfast buffet open or not inorder to order the food for people coming to the event.



In the Press

Sprudge: Let's Talk Roya In El Salvador: We'll Be There, Will You?
Global Coffee Review: Sustainable Harvest to hold event to address leaf rust crisis in Central America
Roast Magazine: Sustainable Harvest Launches Roya Disaster Relief Initiative (with video)
Burlington Free Press: The threatening march of coffee rust


Facing Roya Together

Let's Talk Roya is expected to be the largest global training and workshop event focused directly on Roya and its long term impact. The world's top agronomists and coffee experts are confirmed as speakers, and attendees will have the opportunity to participate in workshops that enhance understanding of Roya and its effect on the coffee industry from farm to cup.

The event will be held at the Royal Decameron Hotel in Salinitas, El Salvador from November 3rd to November 6th, immediately following Let's Talk Coffee®. As Let's Talk Roya welcomes perspectives from across the supply chain and beyond, anyone is welcome to attend. Register for the event here.


Event Highlights

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Learn from presentations by expert agronomists on Roya prevention and treatment

Cupping 1

Cup Roya affected coffees to identify impact on taste and quality

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Engage panels and workshops on climate change, market impact, risk management, and more

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Collaborate with passionate stakeholders across the supply chain to combat Roya


Major Event Sponsors

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Cafe Granja La Esperanza





The program for Let's Talk Roya is available for download here.

Session Types 

Let’s Talk Roya participants can create a personalized agenda by selecting from more than 15 sessions of various topics and session lengths. The event  will feature two types of sessions, plenary and breakout. Plenary sessions will feature global leaders in the industry who deliver interactive keynote addresses during panel sessions in the morning. Breakout sessions, which will take place mainly in the afternoon, can be mixed and matched to create a personalized experience. In these breakout sessions participants will engage a diverse range of topics through presentations, case studies, and group discussions. Breakout sessions will be collaborative, take place in a workshop-style setting, and present a forum for discussion and inspiration.

In addition, the event will provide ample time for networking during meals and coffee breaks.



Dr. Peter Baker

Senior Scientist, CAB International
Dr Baker has over 30 years experience in research, training and consultancy in the broad area of science for development with particular experience in coffee, including sustainable coffee production, farmer participatory approaches, biodiversity, coffee quality, climate change and smallholder farmer issues. He has many years experience as developer, manager and team leader of international coffee projects for major donors with four of these years based in Colombia with the Federación Nacional de Cafeteros. For six years he was head of a CAB International research station in the Caribbean and spent a six further years as researcher on coffee in S. Mexico. He has a proven record of peer-reviewed research, with over 70 research articles, reviews and books produced. Currently he is working with the Coffee & Climate project to develop a toolkit of adaptation methods that together form a comprehensive approach to the climate change threat.

Dr. Christophe Montagnon

Director, RD2 Vision
Dr. Christophe Montagnon is a coffee & cocoa expert combining recognized scientific skills together with long-term experience in research management and public private partnership. He just founded ‘RD2 Vision’, a company connecting people for impacting R&D and Technology Transfer in tropical crops, for the benefit of growers and the whole value chain. He’s part of several coffee research initiatives aiming at conciliating coffee productivity and quality and is coordinating the International Multilovation Variety Trial of the World Coffee Research, and is a founding member of the International Coffee Genomic Network (ICGN) and the Committee on Sustainability Assessment (COSA).

Harold Gamboa

Agronomist, OIRSA
Harold Gamboa is the Technical Coordinator of the Regional Support Center for Roya Control at the Regional International Organization for Agricultural Health (OIRSA). A Colombian native, Harold holds degrees in Agronomical Engineering from the University of Nariño and Tropical Agroforestry from CATIE in Costa Rica. Previously, he served as the director of the Investigation and Development Department of the Honduran Coffee Institute (IHCAFE) for more than four years where he implemented and managed a variety of investigative projects into coffee production.


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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between Let's Talk Coffee® and Let's Talk Roya?

Let’s Talk Roya and Let’s Talk Coffee® are complimentary conferences, but have different objectives and audiences. Let’s Talk Roya is an open event, focused specifically on empowering a wide range of attendees to combat Roya and plan for future outbreaks. Although the event is based on Let's Talk Coffee®'s model of bringing relevant actors together around an issue, the event will not be business driven and help the entire industry recover from Roya.

Let’s Talk Coffee® is an invitation-based event for Sustainable Harvest’s supply chain partners and others interested in relationship coffee. The event is focused on tackling current challenges within the coffee industry and navigating a constantly changing market. Let’s Talk Coffee® will include discussions on Roya and feature talks by several of the same experts that will speak at Let’s Talk Roya, but the event will also address quality, supply chain sustainability, business partnerships, and more. Now in its 11th year, Let's Talk Coffee® is an annual event built on the success of Sustainable Harvest's relationship coffee model.

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Where is the event taking place?
Let's Talk Roya 2013 will take place at the Royal Decameron Resort and Convention Center in Salinitas, El Salvador.
What does my registration fee cover?
Your registration fee includes the following:

  • Lodging at the Royal Decameron Resort in Salinitas from Sunday night, November 3rd, through Wednesday morning, November 6th
  • All meals
  • Round-trip transportation from the SAL airport or bus station in San Salvador to the hotel in Salinitas
  • Participation in all conference trainings and activities


How much does registration cost?
  • Roasters, NGOs, and other entities: $1,150
  • Non-Sustainable Harvest Supplier: $950
  • Sustainable Harvest Supplier: $650
  • For attendees that wish to visit a local farm in El Salvador, there will be an additional cost of $200 for transportation, food, and lodging for an extra day at the Decameron. Those who are participating in the farm trip should plan to leave the conference on November 7th, as the visit take place on the 6th of November and extend well into the afternoon.


What is your cancellation policy?

Cancellation refunds will be made (less a $50 administration fee) on requests received on or before Monday, September 30, 2013. Refunds will not be available after this date.

When should I plan to arrive?
Registered LTR participants should be at the Decameron Hotel in Salinitas by Sunday, November 3rd, 2013.
Where will I be staying?
Everyone will stay at the Royal Decameron Resort in Salinitas, El Salvador.
Do I need any vaccinations for travel to El Salvador?

Participants traveling to El Salvador are strongly advised to obtain medical insurance before leaving their home country. The insurance should cover medical, hospital treatment, repatriation expenses and life insurance. Although yellow fever is not a disease risk in El Salvador, the government requires travelers arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever virus transmission to present proof of yellow fever vaccination. If you will be traveling to one of these countries with a risk of yellow fever virus transmission before arriving in El Salvador, this requirement must be taken into consideration.

There are no other vaccination requirements for travelers arriving in El Salvador, but it is highly recommended that first-time travelers to El Salvador get preventive vaccinations (shots). For further advice, please get in touch with your doctor and visit MD Travel's health advisory website.

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How do I get to the Decameron Hotel in Salinitas?
Arriving in El Salvador by Air: El Salvador’s international airport is outside of San Salvador and the code is SAL. Inside the baggage claim area immediately after immigration there is a Decameron Resort Kiosk. Representatives from the Decameron Explorer will be awaiting you there with a Let’s Talk Roya sign. Please do NOT leave the airport on your own. There the air-conditioned Decameron Explorer shuttle will drive you directly to the Decameron Salinitas Resort (about a 2-hour drive).

Arriving to San Salvador by Bus: There are 3 different bus lines with transportation to San Salvador: Tica (from Tegucigalpa or San Pedro Sula), King Quality - Confort Line San Benito (from Tegucigalpa or Guatemala City), and Pullmantur (from Tegucigalpa or Guatemala City). With your travel itinerary submitted, representatives from Decameron with a Let’s Talk Roya sign will await you at the bus station and provide an air-conditioned shuttle directly to the Decameron Salintas Resor, which takes about 2 hours.

Driving Yourself to Salinitas: We recommend you do NOT drive yourself to Salinitas unless you are already familiar with the area. From San Salvador, take Los Chorros highway take the turn-off for Sonsonate. Stay on the highway to bi-pass the town of Sononate. 100 meters after the Kilometer 5 marker on the right, turn to the left where there is a sign for Salinitas. Go 7 kilometers then turn right at the GIANT sign for Decameron. That road will take you straight to the Royal Decameron Salinitas Hotel. There is ample parking on the resort premises.

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Will I be sharing a room?

Participants will share a room with one other participants of the same gender.  You may request to have a single room for an additional fee of $225.

Am I required to obtain a visa?

Travelers should be aware that El Salvador's entry requirements vary in accordance with agreements the country has with foreign governments. Citizens of several countries, including the United States, may enter El Salvador by air or sea with a current passport and a tourist card. The tourist card may be obtained from immigration officials for US$10 (ten-dollars) upon arrival in country at the airport. Citizens of many other countries, including many Latin American and western European nations, may enter with only a current passport. However, citizens of most nations are required to present both a current passport and a visa to enter El Salvador by air or sea. Travelers are advised to contact the Salvadoran embassy to determine the entry requirements applicable to them and proceed accordingly.

In June 2006, El Salvador entered into the “Central America-4 (CA-4) Border Control Agreement” with Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Under the terms of the agreement, citizens of the four countries may travel freely across land borders from one of the countries to any of the others without completing entry and exit formalities at immigration checkpoints. U.S. citizens and other eligible foreign nationals, who legally enter any of the four countries, may similarly travel among the four without obtaining additional visas or tourist entry permits for the other three countries. Please allow yourself sufficient time to obtain an appropriate visa. If you require a letter in support of your visa application, please send an e-mail request to LTR2013@sustainableharvest.com.

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General Information about El Salvador

The power grid in El Salvador supplies 115 volt at frequency of 60 Hz. They use a Type A and Type B Electric Plugs, the same that are used in the United States.

Since January 1, 2001, the US dollar is officially accepted as legal tender in El Salvador and is widely used in all types of commercial transactions. US dollars can be obtained at any ATM.

Weather is generally warm or tropical, but keep in mind that the rainy season is from May to October, and the dry season is from November until April.

Time Zone
El Salvador is 6 hours behind Greenwich Mean time (GMT) and two hours behind Eastern Standard Time (EST).

For more general information about El Salvador visit

U.S. Department of State
The World Factbook
National Geographic
U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs

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