Coffee Specialty Week kicked off last night with the first of many events that will be held in celebration of our thriving, artisan coffee scene. Whether a coffee nerd, lover or snob, this week is all about our admiration for the coolest bean on earth.
Hosted in unison with coffee specials throughout Sacramento, the multi-day event, which will take place through Sunday, Oct. 16, creatively celebrates coffee through tastings, competitions, movie screenings, coffee-making trainings, education opportunities and more.
The kick off event, hosted by Old Soul @ 40 Acres, cleverly combined two kinds of craft brews: coffee by Old Soul and beer by Oak Park Brewing. The tasting event featured three beers that were “dry-hopped” with three Old Soul coffees to highlight the marriage of tastes that can occur between the two drinks.
In addition to events as such, a variety of special coffee roasts, farm to cup creations, drinks, and even a dinner offering created in coordination with Ten22 (how does a Vaneli’s espresso braised short rib sound?) will round off the week.
To top it all off, the final round of SPLAT will be turned into a full blown 1920s style “speak-easy” coffee party and competition. This is the official Grand Finale party for the week that includes also a silent auction of coffee goods and an invitation to dress the part, complete with 20s garb, of course.
Looking for some of Coffee Week’s top events? While not to forget the other multiple great events centered especially around coffee education/making and tasting, here’s a rundown of some fun events to particularly look out for.
Battle of the Brews: A Coffee Cocktail Competition
Wednesday, Oct. 12, 8-10pm @ Bottle and Barlow, 1120 R St. With a one-night-only menu of specialty coffee cocktails, the first annual coffee cocktail competition presents a new way for baristas to get creative with coffee.
Coffee Inspired Beer Tour on Sac Brew Bike
Wednesday, Oct. 12, 7-9pm. Don’t miss this very special edition of Sacramento’s classic brew bike tour, with a portion of proceeds going to support a social project at Balbina Figueroa De Ortega School next to the coffee farm in Guatemala.
Insight Coffee Movie Screening, Brew Demo and Tasting
Thursday, Oct. 13, 5-9pm @ Insight Southside Cafe, 1901 8th St. Pair you free coffee samples with an intimate screening of The Coffee Man, a documentary highlighting the 2015 World Barista Championship.
Coffee Infused Dinner
Thursday, Oct. 13, 6-9pm @ Chocolate Fish (East Sac), 4749 Folsom Blvd. Chefs from Formolis Bistro and Hawks Provision and Public House are joining forces to present an exclusive coffee infused dinner, with proceeds going to support a social project at Balbina Figueroa De Ortega School next to the coffee farm in Guatemala.
Friday, Oct. 14, 7-10pm @ Coffee Hangar, 5411 Luce Ave, McCellan. Here is your chance to cheer on your favorite baristas and their team as they go head-to-head in an elaborate series of coffee-themed competitions.
Get to Know Your Farmer
Saturday, Oct. 15, 9am-1:30pm @ Old Soul (Midtown), 1716 L St. A very rare opportunity presents itself as award-winning coffee producer Carlos Montero flies in all the way from Costa Rica to teach you how to create your own blend of coffee.
Official Coffee Week Grand Finale & Auction (+ final SPLAT competition)
Saturday, Oct. 15, 7-10pm @ Antiquité Maison Privee, 2114 P St. Sacramento’s Public Art Tournament will have a winner by the end of Saturday night as the speakeasy-themed event comes to an end. Guests are encouraged to dress in their best regalia from the 1920’s as there will be a best-dressed competition open to the public along with many coffee-themed activities and an extensive silent auction.
Shady Coffee Public Cupping
Sunday, Oct. 16, 4-6pm @ Shady Coffee and Tea, 325 Douglas Blvd, Roseville. Shady Coffee is opening its doors for a unique public tasting of their coffee from Brazil, Guatemala, Kenya and Rwanda.
The Wrap-Up/Campfire Talk
Sunday, Oct. 16, 6-10pm @ Old Soul (Weatherstone), 812 L St. Join international coffee producers Carlos Montero and Rina Paguaga, along with local and national importers, roasters, baristas and reviewers in a round table discussion on the crop-to-cup movement alongside Weatherstone’s brand new fire pit.
For a full list of events and Coffee Specialty Week happenings, visit specialtycoffeeweek.com.
Photo: Old Soul kicks off Coffee Specialty Week with a coffee-beer infusion. Courtesy of Old Soul Coffee.