Coffee Tasting Seminar*
Sponsored by CoffeeCon 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
This interactive seminar gives attendees knowledge of what actually goes into creating quality coffee—from farm to cup—by informing their palates as well as their minds. Multiple coffee tastings give participants a new understanding of the taste differences between six regions of the world, new crop versus past crop, ripe versus unripe (same farm) and natural versus washed (same region).
*May require extra ticket. Details to be announced.
To Be Announced 1:00 pm to 1:45
Sustainability is a coffee buzzword. But other than a catch phrase, what does it mean? From coffee lovers, to farmers, to roasters, the meaning of ‘sustainability’ may differ. How, for instance, has climate change affected coffee farming? What’s the industry doing? Are farmers growing GMO coffees and what, if anything, should we as consumers know about them? These and many other questions are addressed in this enlightening lecture.
The Future of Coffee Panel 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Panelists: To Be Announced
If this is the Third Wave, when does Fourth Wave start? What’s beyond pour-over drip? It’s a lively discussion where no subject is off topic; a mix of high-tech, blue-sky modernism in an old world discussion worthy of the first coffeehouses.
Turkish Coffee 10:00 am and 1:00 pm
It is one of the world’s oldest coffee brewing methods. Our experts teach the equipment you will need, a step-by-step tutorial, and even a ceremony connected with this tradition.
Home Espresso 10:00 am and 1:00 pm
Learn to choose and master the espresso machine, not have it master you.
Hario Siphon Lab
Sponsored by Hario
The siphon—or vacuum—was once the leading coffee brewing method in the US during the period from 1930s until the age of the pumping percolator in the late 1950s. This lost brewing art, which many connoisseurs consider the Holy Grail of coffee brewing, began regaining its prominence among a hardcore group who claim it extracts better than any other known method.
Sponsored by Chemex
The Chemex is an American original. Learn some of its unique features, and how to brew the perfect Chemex cup, including using the inventor Peter Schlumbohm’s own recipe.
AeroPress Lab 10:00 am, 1:00 pm
The AeroPress defines a beautiful form of coffee minimalism. It is deceptively simple, yet elegant and above all, flexible. Learn hands-on various ways of employing it to make that perfect cup of coffee along with tips and hacks to take it further.
How to Host a Cupping Party 11:00 am, 2:00 pm
It’s a blast to create your own home cupping party. But what do you need? Special glasses? How many brewers? What kind? What food pairs well with a coffee tasting? All these questions and topics are answered in this lively class with demonstrations.
Latte Art Free-Pour Demos 11:00 am, 1:00 pm
We all know the milk texturing and designs done at our favorite café add greatly to our enjoyment and taste. We want that at home, but how do we achieve that final level of quality and art on our own? This class teaches the art of milk texturing and frothing steamed milk to create the perfect latte in our own kitchens.
Proper Coffee Grinding 10:00 am, 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm
Grinding the coffee bean into tiny, equal-sized grains is vital to achieving a great cup of coffee. Yet many people—even some connoisseurs—grind too casually and improperly much of the time, missing much flavor and diminishing the value of their precious coffee. Learn about grinding and how to grind properly to maximize every cup of coffee you brew in the future.
Chocolate 11:00 am, 2:00 pm
A lecture about fine chocolate, how it’s made, and its history—with samples of course. Learn and taste what makes chocolate the ultimate pairing with coffee.
Hario V60 Pour Over Lab 11:00 am, 1:00 pm
Sponsored by Hario
This Japanese pour over brewing method yields clean, lucid coffee, unmuddled by solids and grinds. Regardless of how many brewers you own or have tried, you owe it to yourself to discover why this method and brand have a worldwide cult following.
Proper Cleaning 11:00 am, 1:00 pm
You wouldn’t cook dinner with a dirty frying pan or drink out of yesterday’s glass, so why are people brewing their daily coffee using a dirty coffee maker? Cleaning and descaling are simple and incredibly important practices of any coffee making routine that can help extend the life of your coffee brewer and help you make better tasting coffee. This class features live demonstrations and key insights on how to properly care for your brewer.
FOOD TRUCKS WILL BE ONSITE FROM 11:00 AM TO 2:00 PM