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May 2019

Visual & Sensory Defects

May 30 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
The Crown: Royal Coffee Lab & Tasting Room, 2523 Broadway
Oakland, CA 946121 United States
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$100.00

Visual & Sensory Defects Learn to grade coffee in this class focused on identifying flaws in the green beans. This class will cover both physical defects in green coffee and primary sensory defects. (Yep, we’ll be tasting them!) Green coffee defect identification includes familiarity with beans damaged by insects, frosts, mold, processing errors, and myriad other factors. You’ll get the chance to sort with our professional team and understand not just the how, but also the why of what it…

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Public Tasting at The Crown

May 30 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
The Crown: Royal Coffee Lab & Tasting Room, 2523 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612 United States
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Free

This week: Tasting Coffee, An Introduction In this public tasting, we’ll start from the basics. What do we look for when we taste coffee? How can we determine how to use a coffee simply from its flavor characteristics? Taste through a variety of coffees and build your palate at this public tasting. Join us for a public tasting, where you can stretch your sensory experience and try new and interesting flavors. While we’ll be focusing mostly on coffee, our weekly…

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June 2019

Water Composition & Coffee: Theory & Tasting

June 5 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
The Crown: Royal Coffee Lab & Tasting Room, 2523 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612 United States
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$150.00

Water Composition & Coffee: Theory & Tasting Maybe you’re familiar with the SCA standards, or the Water for Coffee book… water can get complicated, and as it’s 98% of the coffee we drink, knowing more about it is crucial! Let’s explore both theory and practice together in an interactive setting with plenty of tasting examples. Water Composition and Coffee: Theory and Tasting will explore core concepts like: The basics of water mineral content – way more than just H2O! Customizing…

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Oakland Art Murmur Presents: Oakland Originals™ Art Speaker Series

June 5 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Crown: Royal Coffee Lab & Tasting Room, 2523 Broadway
Oakland, CA 946121 United States
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Oakland Art Murmur Presents: Oakland Originals™ Art Speaker Series Wednesday, June 5th | 6pm - 8pm “MAKING POLITICAL ART: Expression of a Movement” Art in Oakland and the Greater Bay Area has long been a tool for activism—from political posters to social movements. In this first speaker event of Oakland Art Murmur’s new series, we ask important questions about the confluence of art and politics, such as ‘How do deep divisions in our political scene affect the way we view…

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Public Tasting at The Crown

June 6 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
The Crown: Royal Coffee Lab & Tasting Room, 2523 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612 United States
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Free

This week: Coffee Blends The Crown’s Lead Barista, Alex Taylor, will lead this session where you can learn about the alchemy of the coffee world as you taste blends and blend components! Join us for a public tasting, where you can stretch your sensory experience and try new and interesting flavors. While we’ll be focusing mostly on coffee, our weekly tastings are here to help expand your palate and knowledge of flavor. Register here to guarantee your spot, and come…

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The Coffee Buyers’ Cupping Table: Focus on Kenya

June 7 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
The Crown: Royal Coffee Lab & Tasting Room, 2523 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612 United States
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Free

We hope to reserve this table for green coffee buyers. If you’re interested in general tastings, please check out our Thursday Cuppings.  Taste newly landed arrivals from Kenya with Royal Coffee Trader Caitlin McCarthy-Garcia. Kenya is the powerhouse of East African coffee producers. With meticulous fully-washed coffees and a truly astounding ability to bring them to market in such small and diversified lots, there are many reasons Kenya often sits atop a “favorite origins” list for many coffee buyers. It…

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First Friday Art Walk featuring Michael Ryan

June 7 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The Crown: Royal Coffee Lab & Tasting Room, 2523 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612 United States
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Free

Please join us for a First Friday Art Walk event at The Crown June 7th, 2019  |   5pm – 7pm Michael Ryan We’re honored to have the work of Michael Ryan in our space. His work addresses some of the topics that we are passionate about: Observing the world in fresh new ways, a reticence to classify the world in strict terms, and the mass produced plastic packaging that distorts the world we live in. Ryan addresses these issues by…

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Intermediate Roasting

June 11 @ 9:30 am - June 12 @ 12:30 pm
The Crown: Royal Coffee Lab & Tasting Room, 2523 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612 United States
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$650.00

This course takes place over two consecutive days: Tuesday, June 11th, 9:30am – 4:30pm Wednesday, June 12th, 9:30am – 12:30pm This intermediate level class delves further into the elements that make up a desired roast profile, investigating terms and concepts introduced in last month’s Introduction to Roasting class. We will also look at different roast defects; examining the physical and chemical changes coffee goes through in the roaster and how they are created. Attendees will also learn to identify roast…

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The Coffee Buyers’ Cupping Table: Single Farmer Ethiopian Coffees

June 13 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Crown: Royal Coffee Lab & Tasting Room, 2523 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612 United States
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Free

We hope to reserve this table for green coffee buyers. If you’re interested in general tastings, please check out our Public Tastings.  Join us to cup incoming dry processed (natural) single-farmer lots. Historically, Ethiopia has been the origin and source of the highest quality coffees available to the market. These spectacular coffees were for many years mixed with others and sold exclusively through the Commodities Exchange, but new legislation has allowed us to purchase some of these coffees directly. We’ll…

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Latte Art Class

June 19 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Crown: Royal Coffee Lab & Tasting Room, 2523 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612 United States
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$100.00

Latte Art Class Learn to steam milk and pour lattes and cappuccinos with The Crown’s Tasting Room Director, Sandra Elisa Loofbourow. In this class, you’ll pick up a few basics on milk and foam science, and then get hands-on experience learning proper steaming techniques and practice pouring art into espresso! This is an introductory level class, enthusiasts are encouraged to attend, as are entry-level professionals looking to improve their skills.     Visiting the Crown We cannot wait to host…

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Specialty Coffee Job Fair

June 28 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
The Crown: Royal Coffee Lab & Tasting Room, 2523 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612 United States
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Free

Specialty Coffee Job Fair Looking for your next move in the specialty coffee industry? Join us at The Crown on June 28th from 10 a.m to 2 p.m to meet with some of the Bay Area’s premier coffee companies at our first specialty coffee job fair. We’ve teamed up with Andytown Coffee Roasters, Blue Bottle Coffee, Equator Coffees & Red Bay Coffee (more companies announced soon) to give coffee professionals the opportunity to connect with hiring managers and learn about…

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July 2019

Advanced Sensory Exercises

July 31 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
The Crown: Royal Coffee Lab & Tasting Room, 2523 Broadway
Oakland, CA 946121 United States
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$150.00

Advanced Sensory Exercises is a training session including tasting lessons designed to improve the skills of coffee tasters. Together we’ll practice triangulations (coffee tasting where the evaluator must identify the one of three cups which is not like the other) and taste organic acids. The course will involve both interactive tastings and a brief overview of the relevance of certain acid types to coffee flavor, and some tricks and tips to help avoid common sensory pitfalls. We'll also practice subtle…

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