Class Descriptions


 

A Taste of California Grown Coffee: Cupping limited to 20 people (SUNDAY ONLY) at CoffeeConLA

A Taste of California Grown Coffee: Cupping limited to 20 people (SUNDAY ONLY) at CoffeeConLA

Sunday12:00-1:00
Only 20 spots available
Snag your spot & spoon in this private cupping session to taste the most locally grown coffee the LA area has ever seen. There will be a handful of organic, single origin, and single varietal selections on the table.  All of which we were grown, processed and roasted by Good Land Organics, the first commercial coffee farm in California. This is a unique opportunity and we are excited to share it with the LA area. Lindsey Mesta, Operations & Quality Manager for Good Land Organics will be leading the discussion and cupping session.

 

The Road to Mocha: Rediscovering Yemen with Mokhtar Alkhanshali at CoffeeConLA 2017

The Road to Mocha: Rediscovering Yemen with Mokhtar Alkhanshali

Yemeni-American, Mokhtar Alkhanshali hopes to serve as a bridge between Yemen and the World by connecting the farmers of the world’s oldest, rarest cultivated coffee varietals with coffee enthusiasts that can fully appreciate it. Combining a blend of his knowledge of specialty coffee production and progressive infrastructure strategy, Mokhtar has helped to change the face of coffee in Yemen. Through extensive travels in 32 different coffee producing regions in Yemen, working on the ground with farmers along every single step of the coffee value chain, Mokhtar has been able to source coffees with flavor profiles that surpass the rarest of geishas. His harrowing escape from war-torn Yemen on a fishing boat across the Red Sea to Africa may have put him in the news, but it is his work with Yemeni farmers and families that endures.

Taste Like An Expert with Peter Giuliano

Taste Like An Expert with Peter Giuliano

Sunday only – LIMITED tp 100 seats – If you buy this ticket it includes the admission ticket to the exhibit and all the other classes. 

We all know a good cup of coffee, right? Experts spend years developing their palates. It’s time to treat your to a little weight training too. CoffeeCon answers this by offering a special class aimed at teaching your taste buds to notice the same things the experts do when they search for coffees around the world. Peter Giuliano, a genuine specialty coffee legend, takes you on a guided tour of tasting.

Latte Art with Heather Perry at CoffeeConLA 2017

Latte Art with Heather Perry

Of all the coffee brewing skills, latte art is unquestionably the most right-brained. It is also one that takes the most dexterity. Barista champion Heather Perry takes us through a class that will give you the knowledge of this art, which can transform even the best extraction to a new level of artistry, mouth-feel and taste. That she will teach it using a home espresso machine is beyond some people’s belief, yet that is exactly what she does.

California Grown Coffee: Coffee with LAtitude at CoffeeConLA 2017

California Grown Coffee: Coffee with LAtitude with Jay Ruskey

Have you ever wondered if California grows so many wonderful fruits and vegetables, how about coffee? Will it grow here? Can it taste up there with our world class wines? If it can, when will it happen and who’s going to make it happen? 

Jay Ruskey, a California native thinks it can. In this presentation he’ll explore the necessary botanic and climate ideal for coffee and then match it to our California land and weather to see how it measures up. He’ll discuss the challenges to California and other regions. He’ll give us specific unique California benefits that should make it a coffee epicenter, if done properly. 

If you’ve never understood layered agriculture, and how important it is to all California farming, you’ll get a chance to learn about it and appreciate its value. He’ll give us a collective farmer’s wisdom about coffee, distinguishing varietals, cultivation, cupping and the awesome market potential to really create California coffees that rival the best from anywhere. Did you know we’re standing on the next stellar coffee growing region. 

Turkish Coffee Made Specialty with Turgay Yildizli - Turkish Coffee Champion at CoffeeConLA 2017

Turkish Coffee Made Specialty with Turgay Yildizli - Turkish Coffee Champion

This lost art of the Middle East only remained on the public consciousness due to ethnic restaurants that, unfortunately mostly stood still when the rest of the industry went specialty. Those of us who’d tasted the real thing were in a genuine spot. Then came Turgay, who set a new standard at the World Barista Championship with his use of all-Arabica Specialty Grade fresh-roasted/freshly ground ibrik (ee-brick) coffee made to Third Wave sensibilities. The overused term “rock star” easily applied to this performance artist. Learn to make it. Don’t have an ibrik handy? Don’t be surprised if you ask where to get one.

 

La Marzocco Home Espresso Lab with Ben Blake

La Marzocco Home Espresso Lab with Ben Blake

Basic Espresso:

Making your own espresso at home is as satisfying as it is delicious. Join us for the La Marzocco Home Barista Basics Class to learn the basics of espresso, grinding, tamping, and pulling a shot, and discover just how easy it is to fall in love with the ritual of being a barista in your own home. Our own Ben Blake will be on hand to teach you how to make espresso, talk extraction, and demonstrate the Linea Mini home espresso machine.

You don’t need to have past barista experience, just a passion for espresso and the coffee making ritual.

Advanced Espresso:

Learning the steps to pull a shot is simple, but learning how to manipulate the variables of extraction is a long-term pursuit. Join us for the La Marzocco Home Advanced Espresso Class to learn more about espresso extraction, brew ratios, and how to use the tools around you to make better espresso. Our own Ben Blake will be on hand to teach you how to use recipes and brew ratios at home, and to demonstrate the Linea Mini home espresso machine.

You don’t need to have past barista experience, just a passion for espresso and the coffee making ritual.

 

The Importance of Proper Grinding

The Importance of Proper Grinding

Find out what grind is best for each brewing method. 

 

Four-Way Coffee Flight - Exploring one coffee brewed with four different methods at CoffeeConLA 2017

Four-Way Coffee Flight - Exploring one coffee brewed with four different methods with Marcus Boni

Often it’s remarked that there are common threads between the worlds of Specialty Coffee and Wine. Processing, varietal, fermentation, and even terroir are just some of common aspects. Where your experience with coffee and wine typically deviate, though, is in how it’s presented to you. While wine usually comes to you in a bottle, purchasing whole bean Coffee can afford you the opportunity to enjoy a cup brewed exactly to your preference, with likely a few brewing mistakes made along the way. 

In this presentation, Marcus Boni, Director of Coffee at Bonavita and Rattleware, will take you on a journey with one specific coffee brewed with 4 different brewing methods. Marcus will highlight the ideal flavor profile produced with each brew method, and provide the brewing basics to be successful with each device. Each attendee will then be able to sample the coffee from each method and experience how dynamic and special a single coffee can be. 

Methods compared:

  • Rattleware Cupping Brewer
  • Bonavita BV1900TH
  • Chemex 8-Cup brewer
  • Bonavita Full-Immersion dripper
The Indigenous Mayans of the Guatemalan Rain Forest with Marco Rocchio

The Indigenous Mayans of the Guatemalan Rain Forest with Marco Rocchio

The indigenous Mayans of the Guatemalan Rain Forest have been cultivating coffee since the late 1800’s. But a bloody 35 year long civil  war that pitted these ancient tribes against the U.S. Government and United Fruit made their efforts to produce a quality coffee nearly impossible. Rocchio Family Master Coffee Roaster Marco Rocchio has just returned from his fourth expedition to the region in the past year.He has worked hand-in-hand with the Mayans to produce their first specialty coffee. He brings the story of their struggle – and an amazing coffee discovery.

Taste Like an Expert with Martin Dietrich

Taste Like an Expert with Martin Dietrich

Saturday – Sold out

We all know a good cup of coffee, right? Experts spend years developing their palates. It’s time to treat your to a little weight training too. CoffeeCon answers this by offering a special class aimed at teaching your taste buds to notice the same things the experts do when they search for coffees around the world. Martin Diedrich, a genuine specialty coffee legend, and founder of Kean Coffee, takes you on a guided tour of tasting.

 

How to Cup Coffee with Barnine at CoffeeConLA 2017

How to Cup Coffee with Barnine at CoffeeConLA 2017

Learn the basic of cupping just like the pros with the professionals at Barnine. 

 

The Future of Coffee Panel

The Future of Coffee Panel

What does the future of specialty coffee and coffee brewing hold. Find out with our expert panel.

 

Home Roasting Coffee at CoffeeConLA

Home Roasting Coffee at CoffeeConLA

How to home roast coffee with our experts in home roasting.

 

Coffee Sustainability at CoffeeConLA

Coffee Sustainability at CoffeeConLA

Learn more about why coffee needs to be sustainable with our expert panel.

 

Water: Coffee's Taste Secret with Tim Beall

Water: Coffee's Taste Secret with Tim Beall

Find out what water is best for making coffee and why.