CoffeeCON is the world's first consumer coffee conference featuring top coffee experts, tasting seminars and hands-on labs in very brewing method.
Drink, Cup of Excellence's award-winning coffees from four different coffee regions. These coffees are usually reserved for Bill Gates, rockstars and German billionaires and sell between thirty to forty dollars a pound.
• Ever played with a $5k professional one-cup coffeemaker?
• Want to learn how to “hack” your AeroPress?
• Want to thrill your mate and friends by mastering every brewer from a vacuum/siphon to a perfect Chemex pour-over?
Our Coffee Culinary experts will give you hands-on instruction in brewing and other exclusive classes like "How to Have a Cupping Party" and "Coffee & Food Paring" to "Olfactory Development". We even have advanced classes include "Grinding' and "Perfect Home Espresso".
Many of us think of drip and espresso are all there is to coffee. The world, and CoffeeCON offer other wildly different options including Turkish, Vietnamese, Viennese, and Cuban Coffees and we will demonstrate and teach them all. Our atrium will be filled with many small batch and artisan roasters at our coffee market. Compare and savor samples from each individual roaster side-by-side. You may be especially surprised at the variation between two identically sourced coffees stylized by two different craft roaster. The music of Chicago Acoustic Underground will provide a relaxed, feel good coffeehouse experience.
CoffeeCON’s experts are the very top of Coffeedom. From Boston, the legendary George Howell will take us on a taste tour experience, sharing what experts look for when they sample a cup. Christy Thorns travels to 22+ countries searching for the best beans for Colorado based Allegro Coffee found in Whole Foods stores nationwide. She will share her firsthand knowledge of the issues of environment and sustainability. New York City’s Oren Bloostein, who took his then-unknown home roasting knowledge and opened what became Oren’s Daily Roast. Oren shares his common sense guide to setting up your own coffee brewing setup at home. Chicago's own Jim Schulman will take you through his PhD-level process of home espresso from grind to milk foaming get every bit of flavor out of your home espresso machine.
Finally on the veranda, our dedicated home roasters will take you through the roasting process. After explaining what goes into roasting-your-own they will hand you a bag of freshly roasted beans.
CoffeeCON is the ultimate coffee university and coffee drinkers meet-up.
I have spent the past twenty years researching various aspects it takes to drink the best coffee. It’s all here at CoffeeCON. I’ve personally selected every presenter and topic. Believe me, it will be life changing.
Age limit to enter the event?
Nope and we are family friendly. Children under 12 may enter for free with an adult.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Parking is free. However the main lot may fill up. There will be a large open lot on the south side of Bella Vista Parkway. Look for signage.
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Sure contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
Yes you may purchase tickets for others and give as gifts. However you might want to enter the persons name so they can win prizes. You must be present to win and names will be called from the registration. We had so many coffee give-a-ways last year that almost everyone left with something.
Can I update my registration information?
Yes on your Eventbrite account.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Please do or you will be delayed at the door if they manually have to look you up. All you have to do to get in is bring your printed ticket to be instantly admitted.
What is the refund policy?
100% refund up to 7 days before the event.
The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?
That's OK but you might not win any prizes which are valued from $10 to $500.
Kevin Sinnott is author of The Art and Craft of Coffee. Threatened by a client for taking twenty minutes to brew coffee, he wrote an newsletter that reviewed coffee gear, and his client sent it to USA TODAY. He went to appear on Oprah and write two books. Realizing that poorly made coffee loses all value, no matter how well it's grown, cultivated and roasted, he envisioned CoffeeCon to share and teach coffee brewing as a culinary art that must be taught hands-on. CoffeeCon began in Chicago in 2011 and has grown to be a traveling national event. In his spare time, Sinnott writes reviews for Consumer Digest Magazine and his own review blog, CoffeeCompanion.com. He lives in Chicago.
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