We at Barista Magazine are once again thrilled to be a part of Barista Nation, a grassroots, traveling workshop and coffee community building organization, which will land next in Portland, Ore., just 2 days before the Specialty Coffee Association of America’s annual trade show comes to town. Barista Nation Portland will take place from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the beautiful, historic Wonder Ballroom (come to some of the event or all of it—it’s up to you!).
Barista Nation—which is a one-day event catering to coffee professionals of every ilk, complete with workshops, lectures, equipment play time, loads of coffee and good food (and did we mention that it’s completely free?)—has enjoyed great success and popularity on every stop it’s had since it debuted in Minneapolis in early 2011. Since then, Barista Nation has taken place in Vancouver, B.C., Seattle, and San Francisco. After the April 17 event in Portland, Barista Nation will travel to Tokyo in May and Vancouver, B.C., again in June.
Each Barista Nation has an individual theme to keep the events lively and unique. The theme for the Barista Nation Portland event is pretty amazing—it’s a Tribute to Dr. Ernesto Illy, whose groundbreaking research into the science, mechanics and industry of espresso have an continue to guide our industry. Leading researchers from illy’s Trieste, Italy, headquarters will be in Portland to share their knowledge with the masses gathered for this event.
Registration for Barista Nation Portland is open now—did we mention it’s 100% free? Just email firstname.lastname@example.org to save your spot. And we’ll see you there!