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Culture, Conflict, and Coffee: Tastings from Uncommon Origins Paired with History You Haven’t Heard (at Blue Bottle in Culver City, Los Angeles) – FREE

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Saturday, August 18th, 2:00pm – 4:30pm

We’d like to explore a little about why the roasted seed of a fruit, cultivated in diverse conditions, holds such a beloved place in our memories and daily routines. We’ll be dusting out the under-explored corners of coffee history. Tasting flights include both traditional and innovative preparations from around the globe to accompany the discussion, and you’ll most certainly come away having tried something you’ve never even heard of before. We are thrilled to be partnered with Blue Bottle Coffee for use of their beautiful cafe in Culver City, in proximity to CoffeeFest Los Angeles.

Coffee Trivia Night / Grounds for Health Fundraiser (at Awaken Cafe in Uptown Oakland) – $10 buy-in, plus optional donation

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Thursday, August 30th, 7pm – 9:30pm

Join us for a Grounds for Health Fundraiser with our hosts Awaken Cafe in Oakland for Coffee Trivia Night!

We have so many AMAZING prizes lined up with donations from Grounds for Health, Equator Coffee, Ritual Coffee, the Crown, and more. Awaken will have their bar stocked with beer and wine available for purchase during the event.. We’re so thrilled to have such awesome sponsorship partners for this super fun event, and hope to raise some funds and awareness for the great work at Grounds for Health.

Teams of 3-4 are encouraged, no more than 5 per team, please. You’re also welcome to come on your own, we’ll help team you up with other independent attendees if you like!

Advanced Roasting (at Bay Area CoRo in Berkeley, CA) – $475

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Thursday, September 13th, 9am – 4pm

Friday, September 14, 9am – 12pm

The Crown’s Advanced Roasting course offers an array of tools to equip roasters to dramatically improve their coffee skills. Integrating green coffee analytics will focus on applying numerous stylistic approaches during roasting. Students will become familiar with both popular and uncommon roasting approaches, followed by hands-on instruction that will equip each student to make informed choices while roasting coffee. Day one will also cover the basics of identifying success and mistakes in roasting technique such as baking, underdevelopment, and scorching. The second day of class will involve plenty of cupping to evaluate the coffees roasted on day one, and what effect each style has played in the sensory quality of the final roast. Be prepared to slurp! Lunch is included in Thursday’s tuition.