Rocky Mountain Coffee-High

Allegro Coffee in Thornton, Colorado, will host the It's All About Coffee Lecture & Forum on July 20.

My pal Josh Taves of Dogwood Coffee just wrote to tell me about a really cool event that’s set for July 20 in Thornton, Colorado: It’s All About Coffee Lecture & Forum!

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Hosted by the Rocky Mountain Craft Coffee Alliance—which is a community-building group originally started by Chris Schooley and now run by Miguel Vicuna and James Lopez—the event will bring together eight presenters who will speak on a variety of topics all relating to coffee. From such diverse backgrounds as science, philosophy, and customer service, the roster of speakers includes the following:

• 2011 North Central Regional Brewers Cup Champion Jonathan Jarrow

Jonathan Jarrow, a master at all things manual brew.

Jonathan Jarrow, a master at all things manual brew.

• Scott Rojohn: Josh describes Scott as “an insanely smart ex-aerospace engineer who is retired and has a commerical roaster in his basement (a Diedrich IR-7 with afterburner, just for fun, he doesn’t sell his coffee, and a full espresso bar in his kitchen (Synesso Hydra 2 group). He is one of the most brilliant tech guys I have ever met.”

• Chris Schooley who is known for his extensive work for the Roasters Guild

• Jessica Brooks, head trainer for Allegro Coffee, Q-Grader, and longtime USBC judge

• Sarada Krishnan, director of horticulture at the Denver Botanic Gardens. Read more about her research into preserving coffee gene pools HERE.

Sarada Krishnan, director of horticulture at the Denver Botanic Gardens, holds coffee tree leaves she collected recently from a trip to South Sudan to study the DNA of the plants. (Cyrus McCrimmon, The Denver Post)

Sarada Krishnan, director of horticulture at the Denver Botanic Gardens, holds coffee tree leaves she collected recently from a trip to South Sudan to study the DNA of the plants. (Cyrus McCrimmon, The Denver Post)

• Josh Taves of Dogwood Coffee, who was in the top three in the uber-competitive North Central Regional Barista Championship this year

And others to soon be announced!

The event, which is being held at Allegro’s roasting facility at 12799 Claude Court in Thornton, is open to anyone and everyone interested in talking about coffee, whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned pro.
Allegro Coffee in Thornton, Colorado, will host the It's All About Coffee Lecture & Forum on July 20.

Allegro Coffee in Thornton, Colorado, will host the It’s All About Coffee Lecture & Forum on July 20.

Beginning at 3:30 p.m. on July 20, the It’s All About Coffee Lecture & Forum will include coffee tastings, eight lectures (attendees can pick and choose what topics they want to follow), and an after-event to be held at a local bar to continue conversations.
For updates and more information, stayed tuned to the event page on Facebook.

 

About the Author

Sarah Allen is co-founder and editor of Barista Magazine, the international trade magazine for coffee professionals. A passionate advocate for baristas, quality, and the coffee community, Sarah has traveled widely to research stories, interact with readers, and present on a variety of topics affecting specialty coffee. She also loves animals, swimming, ice cream, and living in Portland, Oregon.