This informal talk will address the rise of specialty coffee production and culture in Southeast Asia with a particular focus on Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, Philippines, and Myanmar. Although this region has received increasing media attention from coffee trade magazines, blogs, and social media spaces there is still a general lack of knowledge about these origins in the specialty coffee community. By discussing the complex coffee histories of these places, the tension between commodity coffee and specialty coffee, and emerging local coffee practices that draw on U.S., European, and East Asian specialty coffee culture, this talk will hopefully create dialogue about these underrepresented origins and why they matter for producers and consumers alike.
Do you wish you could brew better coffee at home? This is an introductory class focused on teaching the importance of water filtration, grinders, scales, extraction, & brew ratio.
Up next is our Coffee 101 workshop! We are going to cover all the basics of what specialty coffee really means, different drinks, and any questions you guys have.
Limited seats will be available.
Espresso and steamed milk, It’s the most unique element of cafes but what do we really know about it? The process is quite intensive requiring an espresso machine, a high-quality Grinder, and a great deal of preparation. In this workshop, we are going to walk you through the process on a classic Spring lever espresso machine. When you are finished with the workshop you will be able to talk shop with your favorite barista and know how much really goes into your favorite latte.
-Introduction to Espresso; the taste, the qualities, and challenges.
-Demonstration on the spring lever machine and explanation of how it works.
-Hands on experience making your own Gibraltar.
-This will be a free event. :) (donations for drinks will be greatly appreciated) This event will be hosted by the lovely Coppa Coffee Co and we will be pulling shots with their espresso and another local brand.
Join us on December 10th at 2pm for a talk and coffee tasting at El Cielito Cafe. We will have roasters from the West Coast speak about their roast profiles and bringing you their favorite single origins to try!
When we think about coffee and flavor it may look different for each of us. In speciality coffee we try to go beyond the "coffee flavor". When sourced, roasted, and brewed in a certain way we can pull out specific flavors.
We are super excited to announce our next event which we will be partnering with Luxxe Caffee in Santa Monica! It will be an informative talk about single origin coffee and small batch chocolate. The cost will include 3 single origin coffee's and chocolate. We have a limited number of spots so please sign up quickly.
Notes from the coffee shop:
Join Caffe Luxxe for a beginner coffee and chocolate tasting seminar, hosted by the owner of Caffe Luxxe, Gary Chau. Gary's experience spans 20+ years within the drinks industry, ranging from coffee to spirits.
Did you know that both coffee and chocolate take on the characteristics of the land they come from, which ultimately affects the flavor of what you taste? Both are affected by the soil, water, and general environmental factors. Come learn about the flavor characteristics to look for in both coffee and chocolate, and which regions/countries they come from.
- Learn how to nose and taste through a palate exercise
- An overview of characteristic flavors and profiles which are distinct to coffees and chocolates from different regions/countries
- A tasting of 3 single origin coffees and 3 single origin chocolates
We will be carpooling to this event so if you're willing to drive please comment below.
Just got off the phone with Austin over at Augie's Coffee. If you don't know them look em' up! They make some of the best coffee around and invited us out for a rare inside look into their roastery.
On the agenda will be a introduction of Augie's coffee, explanation on how they roast, a look at there brand new roaster, and a cupping. All this for just $5!
Intro about Augie's here.
We have the privilege of hosting Marco Rocchio a local roaster out of Manhattan Beach, Ca. He will share with the Long Beach Coffee Club his knowledge, adventures and a rare coffee discovery from Northern Guatemala. We will be tasting his personally sourced rare Chicoj coffee at this event!
Notes from the roaster:
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 has made their efforts to produce a quality coffee nearly impossible. Rocchio Family Coffee Master Roaster Marco Rocchio has just returned from his third expedition to the region this year.
Things to except from this event:
• Coffee talk from Master Roaster Marco
• Coffee included with ticket (rare Chicoj coffee)
• Q&A session with a local roaster
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We have the pleasure of doing a workshop with one of Long Beach's own Angie from Wide Eyes Open Palms. They're building out their new space and invited us over for a talk on Cold Brew. We thought it would be perfect timing because it's hot and we can get our learn on from a pro!
Cost will be $6 online or $5 cash at the door. Space is limited so PLEASE only sign up if you're going to make it. We are stoked for this collaboration and hope to see all your beautiful faces!
Sign up here!
We hit 200 members!!! *Air Horns*
In celebration we are throwing a party at Howl in Downtown Long Beach.
Please RSVP here so we can have enough drinks and snacks. Also, your name will need to be on the list to get in.
Where is the party at?
At the courtyard of Howl in Downtown Long Beach.
Will there be a cool DJ?
Um, yes there will be some cool DJs.
Will the party cost money to get in?
No! We will have a coffee bar and other drinks for sale so bring cash. Also, free snacks will be provided. :)
Can I bring a friend?
Sure. As long as they're cool. ;)
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Peace & Love,
Stimulate your senses through a one-of-a-kind lecture and coffee tasting with Dr. Steven Topik Professor of History at the University of California, Irvine. Venture into the world of a tiny seed that has shaped Latin America and inspired the work of major artists such as Brazilians Candido Portinari and Vik Muniz.
Dr. Topik will discuss how Latin America came to dominate the world of coffee and how coffee has affected Latin America. Guests will sample different varieties of coffee while local barista discusses the properties of each seed. See what's brewing in the world of Latin American coffee!
RSVP and sign up for a ticket here: