October starts off with a bang! The first day of the month is International Coffee Day; celebrate all month long with us by attending some of the events below. As always you can check out the whole calendar on The Crown’s Events page — there you can sign up or find extra information about the classes & events listed below, as well as additional tidbits like our Free Friday Public Tastings at 1pm and Brunch Pop Ups on weekends, for example.

Creating a Roast Profile

Wednesday, October 3 from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Join us for a discussion and tasting related to manipulating the stages of roasting and creating and altering roast profiles. Intended for students with a foundational knowledge of roasting, with a $50 tuition.


Milk & Coffee: A Conversation

Thursday, October 4 from 4 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Royal Coffee co-founder Bob Fulmer and Straus Family Creamery Albert Straus will lead a conversation about sourcing, production, and the future of agriculture, good land stewardship, and the sustainability of your latte. The event is FREE and open to the public.


Coffee Technicians Guild: Safety, Water, and Electricity

Friday, October 5 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

This lecture, hosted by the Coffee Technicans Guild, consists of three modules on some of the most important aspects of working on the machines behind your bar, in order. Safety first. You’ll also learn about how to handle the water in your machine, and how to deal with electrical issues. The Event is FREE open to the public with a focus on regular espresso machine operators.


Q Arabica Combo Training and Exam Course at The Crown

Monday, Oct 7 – Saturday, Oct 12

This intensive six-day lecture, practice, and testing course involves all aspects of grading, cupping, and evaluating specialty coffee. Students completing the course may receive a Q Grader certificate valid for 36 months. Open to the public with a focus on coffee professionals, tuition is $2000.

Introduction to the Thermodynamics of Coffee Roasting

Wednesday, October 16 from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Come and join us for a talk on the transfer of heat throughout the coffee roasting process, how and why it matters, and how to use that knowledge to optimize your roasting practices. Tuition is $25 and is open to the public.

Uncommon Tastings and the Cultural History of Coffee

Friday, October 18 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Join us for a flight of hand-crafted coffee concoctions and a whirlwind tour of the often-overlooked corners of coffee history. Tuition is $50 and is open to the public.


Understanding Coffee Fermentation & Processing

Thursday, October 24 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

This class will feature tastings of dry and wet fermented coffees, and will help disambiguate washed, honey, semi-washed, pulped natural, natural, and wet-hulled processing methods. We’ll take a look at what exactly is happening during a coffee’s fermentation, and how this affects final flavor. Lastly, we’ll explore innovations in processing including Anaerobic and Carbonic Maceration.

Calibrate Good Times! SCA Cupping Calibration

Tuesday, October 29th from 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Come by The Crown for our friendly monthly calibration round! Together, we’ll cup six coffees using the SCA standard cupping form. Afterwards, we’ll put our scores up on the board and calibrate! This is a great exercise to perform with people outside your normal cupping group. This will be a formal cupping session, so be prepared to follow SCA Cupping Protocol.