When Ben Jones of Batdorf & Bronson Coffee in Olympia, Wash., suggested the idea of putting together a training event for barista trainers and educators, I was so excited to have Barista Magazine participate. So were the leaders in the Northwest coffee community to whom Ben reached out: Laila Ghambari (reigning Northwest Barista Champ who hails from Cherry Street); Ryan Willbur of La Marzocco; Bronwen Serna, an independent coffee consultant and trainer is Seattle; David Yake of Tony’s Coffee; Nathanael May of Portland Roasting; Brandon Paul Weaver and Nik Virrey of Slate Coffee and Matte&Gloss; Ben Schultz of Steadfast Coffee Tech; a a handful of others.
TODAY IS THE DAY, FOLKS. The first Northwest Coffee Educators Summit is taking place at La Marzocco’s headquarters in Seattle today and tomorrow. (Can we please give it up for La Marzocco for kindly donating not only their space, but breakfast snacks as well as lunch for all attendees?)
It should be noted that everyone involved in this event has volunteered their time. The NW Coffee Educators’ Summit is completely free. How cool is that?
Because this was the first event of its kind, Ben and his fellow organizers wisely chose too keep it small. But there are several ways that anyone—both those of you in the Seattle area, and all of you everywhere else in the world—can benefit from this event:
• There’s a party tonight and everyone from the Northwest coffee community is invited! Barista Magazine, along with the generous support of Dillanos Coffee, Stumptown Coffee, Matte & Gloss, and Tony’s Coffee, is throwing a party tonight at 7. And it wouldn’t be happening without the kindness of Cherry Street for letting us have the party in their space.
• We’re going to have an article about all the content covered at the event in Barista Magazine’s next issue, written by a great coffee educator herself, Terika Raak, who manages a busy cafe for Caffe Ladro in Seattle. So look for that in the June+July issue of Barista Magazine!
Here are some of the topics being covered today and tomorrow at the NW Coffee Educators’ Summit: