If you are in Vancouver on Thursday, July 24, there is a nice coffee social event going on at Matchstick Coffee. This is not my event, but it is an open event for all who love great coffee. From the organizer, Spencer Viehweger, co-owner of Matchstick:
We always love opportunities to get together with other baristas, share thoughts and ideas on coffee, and generally just get to know each other better. We had a unique experience of this at the TED conference this year, where we had the opportunity to not only chat coffee, but actually make it together with baristas that we didn't know very well, many of whom we were meeting meeting for the first time.
We are hoping to expand on this experience a bit more with an open house. We will be closing shop for the evening, and opening up our espresso machine and brew bar for baristas to make coffee together. We also wanted to give people a chance to work with a coffee they were less familiar with, so we will be bringing a sampling of each coffee from Tim Wendelboe's current offer list. We will set up one or two cuppings, and give baristas a chance to work with each of the espressos and filter coffees via various filter methods. We will have both Chemex and Aeropress available, with either paper or Able filters, but you're welcome to bring any brew method of your choosing!
I know that evening is not an ideal time to drink coffee, but we'll make sure there are lots of spit cups available.
Fortunately, we'll also be featuring a delicious line-up of local craft beer to balance out the caffeine! We will be donating half the beer sales at the event to a coffee project at El Diamante in Guatemala.
I'm excited about this event, for the opportunity to try out some unfamiliar coffee, having the chance to learn from our incredibly knowledgeable coffee community, and being able to raise a bit of money to help out a fantastic producer, Patricia Perez.
This is being held at Matchstick Coffee's Georgia Street Location.http://www.matchstickcoffee.com/