Oakland: Head To Royal Coffee To Learn About “Working Toward Transparency”

By california, Capricornio, Catracha Coffee Company, Chad Trewick, events, Jeri Idso, Luiz Saldanha, Max Nicholas-Fulmer, oakland, Peter W. Roberts, Royal Coffee, Specialty Coffee Transaction Guide, The Crown, Wire

There is no more immediate threat to the future of coffee than the current price crisis taking place on the commodities market. The uncertain future has led many in the specialty coffee world to act (more than just me incessantly flapping my gums about it). One such way for those looking to more involve takes place this Friday, October 25th at The Crown in Oakland. Featuring individuals from across the supply chain, “Working Towards Transparency: The Specialty Coffee Transaction Guide” is a night of discussion why, if you care about your coffee you need to care about how much producers are paid for it.

Hosted by Royal Coffee at their lab and tasting room, Working Towards Transparency will dive into what it means for the specialty coffee world to safeguard specialty producers by fully divorcing their products from the C-market prices. To do this, the event will lean heavily on the Specialty Coffee Transaction Guide, an anonymized report on specialty coffee prices from “an expanding group of Data Donors—roasters, importers, exporters, and producers—who donate contract data covering specialty coffee transactions from recent harvests.” That information then gets analyzed by Emory University researchers who then use it to create the Transaction Guide.

Presenters at the event include the Specialty Coffee Transaction Guide project leads Peter W. Roberts and Chad Trewick as well at Catracha Coffee Company founder Mayra Orellana-Powell, Fazenda California owner and Capricornio co-founder Luiz Saldanha, and Royal Coffee’s CEO and Senior Trader and Sales Team leader, Max Nicholas-Fulmer and Jeri Idso, respectively.

In advance of the event, Royal Coffee has released an episode of their brand new The Crown Podcast all about transparency in coffee. The hour-and-half podcast touches on many of the topics that be discussed at Working Towards Transparency. Consider it a little homework to be completed beforehand.

Working Towards Transparency: The Specialty Coffee Transaction Guide gets started at 4:00pm at The Crown Lab & Tasting Room in Oakland, California. The event is free to attend—though Royal is asking for a donation to Grounds for Health—but does require an RSVP, which can be done via Eventbrite. For more information on the event, visit Royal Coffee’s official website.

Zac Cadwalader is the managing editor at Sprudge Media Network and a staff writer based in Dallas. Read more Zac Cadwalader on Sprudge.

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The San Francisco Coffee Festival Returns In November

By acaia, AKA, Bird Rock, california, coffee manufactory, counter culture, events, fellow products, kickapoo, klatch, Luvhaus Ceramics, madcap, Mason Center for Arts and Culture, mother tongue, Onyx, red bay, ritual, San Francisco, San Francisco Coffee Festival, Temple, The Crown, Third Wave Water, topo chico, Verve, Wire

Who doesn’t enjoy a good coffee festival? You get to drink coffee all day long, perhaps partake in a few adult refreshments, some tasty bites, and maybe attend a talk or panel discussion. What’s not to love? And is there ever a whole lot to love at the San Francisco Coffee Festival. Happening the weekend of November 2nd and 3rd at the Mason Center for Arts and Culture, the San Francisco Coffee Festival is a celebration of the Bay Area coffee culture and beyond.

With a total of 56 roasters exhibiting, the SFCF has a strong mix of local, in-state, and national roasters for attendees to choose from. Bay Area coffee companies like Ritual, The Crown, Red Bay, AKA, and Mother Tongue will join big name California roasters like Verve, Klatch, Bird Rock, and Temple for the two-day event. They will be joined by out-of-staters Onyx, Kickapoo, Counter Culture (I know they have a Bay Area lab but they’re a national, ok), Madcap, and others to round out a nicely curated coffee list.

Non-roasting exhibitors include locals Acaia, Fellow Products, and Luvhaus Ceramics as well as national hydration darlings Topo Chico and Third Wave Water.

And once you’ve filled up on coffee, why don’t you take a break from the caffeination and fill up on knowledge at one of the many, many talks takin place over the course of the weekend. You can learn about Coffee With A Purpose from Royal Coffee’s Chris Kornman or the Art of Espresso-ion with Coffee Manufactory’s Tricia Lu or even attend the Bartenders & Baristas Blend led by none other than 2017 World Coffee in Good Spirits Champion Martin Hudak.

There’s going to be coffee art activations, live music, and a whole host of tasty bites to help you come down from the coffee high. There’s more than a day’s worth of things to do, so come hungry and thirsty.

Tickets for the San Francisco Coffee Festival range from $29 for a three-hour session pass to $45 for a full day pass all the way up to $69 for an all-day VIP pass, all of which can be purchased here. And you may want to act fast because last year’s event sold out. For more information on the San Francisco Coffee Festival and to see a full list of this year’s attendees, visit their official website.

Zac Cadwalader is the managing editor at Sprudge Media Network and a staff writer based in Dallas. Read more Zac Cadwalader on Sprudge.

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Build-Outs Of Summer: Lucky’s Coffee Roasters In Upland, CA

By Build-Outs Of Summer, Cafes, california, Compak E-8, Lucky's Coffee Roasters, North America, Places, Sanremo Cafe Racer, SCA, Staff Picks, Tyler Smith, Upland, USA, wilbur curtis, Wilbur Curtis Seraphim

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The thrill of the builds keeps on all summer long, and we are in the 100+° heat of it now. Today we are checking in on Lucky’s Coffee Roasters, a brand new outfit in Upland, California. The brainchild of Tyler Smith, who has previously spent time in marketing and e-commerce for Wilbur Curtis and the Specialty Coffee Association, respectively, Lucky’s is a labor of love set in Smith’s hometown.

So hop on the I-10 east out of Los Angeles, we’re headed to Uplands, California for a look at the all new Lucky’s Coffee Roasters.

The 2019 Build-Outs of Summer is presented by Pacific Barista SeriesnotNeutralKeepCup, and Mill City Roasters.

As told to Sprudge by Tyler Smith.

For those who aren’t familiar, will you tell us about your company?

We are a local coffee shop and roaster in Upland, CA. We specialize in single origin sourcing and profiling to portray the best of each coffee we offer. Local is a huge part of our market so we source local honey and herbs for our in-house-made simple syrups. Our baker is a local neighbor and grows most of her ingredients used in our pastries and baked daily, delivered every morning. With our community being so close and tight we try our best to sponsor or collaborate with local events or other businesses for increase sales in our area.

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Can you tell us a bit about the new space?

It took us about two years to be able to find our current home. As a life long resident of Upland, CA I have strived to bring the world of coffee I have experienced during my time with Wilbur Curtis and SCA closer to home. The building we acquired and now call our home was build in the 1940s and is apart of the original historic downtown Upland area. The building was originally built in the 1940s as an office space for citrus growers for the Sunkist corporation. As time progressed it continued as an office space but once we came in with our ideas our landlords (the original family to own this building) were up for our creativity. We had a full brick exterior, two large original windows one each side and our main entrance doorway in the middle. We took out the large windows and installed garage doors. In front of each garage door is an outdoor patio space with seating. Inside, we took down six walls, cut two in half, tore up two layers of tile, and one layer of carpet to expose our concrete floors and the history they hold.

What’s your approach to coffee?

We source our coffee either from personal contacts or trusted importers and profile each coffee to the roast level that showcases its true flavors. We try our best to know the background of our sources and repeatedly purchase from them to ensure a successful business practice.

Any machines, coffees, special equipment lined up?

We have a Sanremo Cafe Racer three-group Renegade, two Compak E-8s, and a twin Wilbur Curtis Seraphim.

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How is your project considering sustainability?

We try our best to use recyclable paper goods or reusable dishware. We source local for all food ingredients in our offerings.

What’s your hopeful target opening date/month?

We officially opened June 13th at 5pm.

Are you working with craftspeople, architects, and/or creatives that you’d like to mention?

Most of the internal demo and rebuild was done by myself but the external construction was handled by Linde Construction Company.

Thank you!

Thank you for being you and always supporting the coffee industry!

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Lucky’s Coffee Roasters is located at 387 N 2nd Ave, Upland. Visit their official website and follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

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Baratza Is Heading To Oakland For A Meet The Makers Events At The Crown

By baratza, california, events, grinders, mahlkonig, Meet The Maker: Baratza – Grinder Quality Inside and Out, oakland, Pierce Jens, Quinn Anderson, The Crown, Wire

If there’s one grinder brand coffee professionals and home users alike can agree on, it’s Baratza. Sure, everyone wants a towering Mahlkönig EK43 to act as a literal pillar to your coffee devoutness, but who’s got the counter clearance for that? I know I don’t (but Mahlkönig, if you’re listening and want to send me one, I’ll remove a cabinet or two to make it work). Baratza is the best of both worlds that exists in both worlds. You’re just as likely to find an Encore or a Sette at your coffee-geek friend’s house as you are to see a Forte at your local cafe brew bar.

And now the Bellevue, Washington company is taking the 800-mile trip down the I-5 to the Bay Area for an event on Wendesday, August 21st. Taking place The Crown in Oakland, Meet The Maker: Baratza – Grinder Quality Inside and Out is a grinder deep dive for all levels of coffee geekery.

Baratza Support and Service Managers Pierce Jens and Quinn Anderson, respectively, will be on- and for the first-of-its-kind road event, where they will be leading a variety of topics as they relate to the company’s grinder roster. The day begins with a “how and why” of Baratza’s grinder design and build, specifically as it relates to “performance, value, and sustainability.” This will be followed by a “tips and tricks” session to learn ways to improve the quality of your brew and maintain your grinder.

And perhaps the coolest part of the event, at least for current Baratza owners, the Support and Service team will troubleshoot and fix when possible any issues ailing their grinders. FOR FREE. As someone who recently got their grinder kajiggered by a not-so-tiny rock in a bag of Chiapas, this is the part of the even that speaks to me. Or I guess I could stop being so lazy and recalibrate it myself—it’s really not that hard—but then who would be there to keep you abreast of all the coffee news?

Meet The Maker then caps off the night with beer, wine, and appetizers as well as a test of your grind knowledge that could result in you winning a brand new Baratza grinder.

Meet The Maker: Baratza – Grinder Quality Inside and Out is completely free to attend, but registration via Eventbrite is required, which can be done so here. Don’t just show up with a handful of grinder parts expecting them to find the little plastic detent you lost somewhere along the way (definitely NOT speaking from experience here); you’ve gotta have a ticket. And as of writing this, there so just 30 remaining, so if you want to go, you should act fast. It all kicks off 5:00pm on Wednesday, August 21st and The Crown in Oakland. For more information, visit the Meet The Maker: Baratza – Grinder Quality Inside and Out Eventbrite page.

Zac Cadwalader is the managing editor at Sprudge Media Network and a staff writer based in Dallas. Read more Zac Cadwalader on Sprudge.

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