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The Crown: Royal Coffee Lab & Tasting Room

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2523 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612 United States

September 2019

Calibrate Good Times! SCA Cupping Calibration

September 24 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Crown: Royal Coffee Lab & Tasting Room, 2523 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612 United States
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Calibrate Good Times! SCA Cupping Calibration 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. Please observe the following etiquette at this cupping: Please do not apply scented…

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Coffee Technicians Guild Espresso Maintenance Lecture

September 25 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
The Crown: Royal Coffee Lab & Tasting Room, 2523 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612 United States
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Coffee Technicians Guild Espresso Maintenance Lecture This lecture, hosted by the Coffee Technicans Guild, is for baristas looking to learn more about espresso machines, grinders, and when to contact a technician. Want to know more about the machine you work on every day? This lecture is a great place to begin learning about the tools of the trade, best practices for troubleshooting, and how to keep your machines in tip-top shape. Our session will go from 4pm to 6:30pm. This…

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Cup Taster Calibration and the Coffee Quality Control Department

September 27 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Crown: Royal Coffee Lab & Tasting Room, 2523 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612 United States
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$100.00

Cup Taster Calibration and the Coffee Quality Control Department   Coffee Cup Taster Calibration is a course designed for Coffee Quality Analysts, that is, Cuppers. The class will focus on exercises and training to achieve group agreement on a given standard when evaluating the sensory quality of coffee. Concepts ranging from cupper preparedness, tasting form familiarity, tasting revealed vs blind samples, and strategies for implementation will be covered. Exercises will be hands-on and involve lots of coffee tasting, so come…

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Public Tasting at The Crown

September 27 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
The Crown: Royal Coffee Lab & Tasting Room, 2523 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612 United States
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This week: Wild & Fruity! Coffee, dried right in the fruit. Some call it natural. Others call it dry process. In any case, it’s one of the most divisive preparation methods, and flavors can range from clean watermelon to boozy strawberry. Let’s try them all! 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…

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Brunch at The Crown: 鳥万 Tori Man

September 28 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
The Crown: Royal Coffee Lab & Tasting Room, 2523 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612 United States
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Brunch at The Crown: 鳥万 Tori Man Join us on select Saturdays for brunch at The Crown What better way to spend a Saturday morning than with excellent food from an inspired local chef? 鳥万 Tori Man brings Japanese Brunch to The Crown, with classic and innovative recipes inspired by Izakaya fare. A mainstay in the courtyard at Rintaro Izakaya, 鳥万 Tori Man will be serving some delicious snacks for everyone! Signups are free, and you can donate to Grounds…

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October 2019

Creating a Roast Profile

October 3 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Crown: Royal Coffee Lab & Tasting Room, 2523 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612 United States
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$50.00

Creating a Roast Profile This class builds on students’ foundational knowledge of the roast process. During this hour, we will be discussing and tasting coffees roasted to explore how changes to the individual elements of the roast profile result in changes to the cup profile. We will discuss the three roast stages and how to manipulate them in order to better understand how to tweak your roast profiles or create new ones.   About the Instructor: Candice Madison Director of…

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Public Tasting at The Crown

October 4 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
The Crown: Royal Coffee Lab & Tasting Room, 2523 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612 United States
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This week: Pairing Coffee with..? At this free public tasting, we will explore pairing coffee with various foods. Let’s taste how coffee interacts with food, and what pairings work best! 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 on through!…

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Milk + Coffee: A Conversation

October 4 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The Crown: Royal Coffee Lab & Tasting Room, 2523 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612 United States
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Join the founders of Straus Family Creamery and Royal Coffee for a conversation on agriculture, sustainability, and the confluence of our industries. Milk and coffee are go-to favorites in our daily lives. The farmers of these daily staples have a lot more in common than you might think; from sourcing and production challenges to market pricing. Are you interested in learning more about the future of agriculture, good land stewardship, and the sustainability of your latte? Join us for a…

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Coffee Technicians Guild: Safety, Water, and Electricity

October 5 @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
The Crown: Royal Coffee Lab & Tasting Room, 2523 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612 United States
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Coffee Technicians Guild: Safety, Water, and Electricity 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. This lecture is a great place to begin learning about the tools of the trade, best practices for troubleshooting, and how to keep…

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Brunch at The Crown: The Damel

October 5 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
The Crown: Royal Coffee Lab & Tasting Room, 2523 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612 United States
Free
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Brunch at The Crown: The Damel Join us on select Saturdays for brunch at The Crown What better way to spend a Saturday morning than with excellent food from an inspired local chef? Chef Oumar of The Damel brings his vision of giving his guests a culinary visit to West Africa and South America. Enjoy the atmosphere and gastronomy of Senegal in fusion with the flavorful cuisine of Brazil! In his long journey after culinary school, Oumar has lead many…

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Q Arabica Combo Training and Exam Course

October 7 @ 8:00 am - October 12 @ 5:00 pm
The Crown: Royal Coffee Lab & Tasting Room, 2523 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612 United States
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$150.00 - $2,000.00

Q Arabica Combo Training and Exam Course at The Crown Join us for a Q Arabica Combo Training and Exam at The Crown, an SCA Premier Campus located in the midst of Oakland’s vibrant coffee scene. Taught by Candice Madison, this course will make you into a highly trained and calibrated coffee taster. About the Q Arabica Combo Training and Exam Upon completion of the course, and with passing grades, the students may receive a Q Grader certificate, valid for…

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Introduction to the Thermodynamics of Coffee Roasting

October 16 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
The Crown: Royal Coffee Lab & Tasting Room, 2523 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612 United States
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$25.00

Introduction to the Thermodynamics of Coffee Roasting Want to learn more about the principles of heat transfer and how they apply to roasting coffee? 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.   About the Instructor Candice Madison Director of Roasting, Royal Coffee, Inc.  Candice Madison has worked in specialty coffee for nearly 10 years.…

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Uncommon Tastings and the Cultural History of Coffee

October 18 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Crown: Royal Coffee Lab & Tasting Room, 2523 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612 United States
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$50.00

Join us for a flight of hand-crafted coffee concoctions and a whirlwind tour of the often-overlooked corners of coffee history. Much has been said about the story of coffee; its myths and legends often intermingle with facts to create a lovingly painting, but not wholeheartedly truthful picture. We think that coffee’s story is worth telling, both with deep affection for the arc of the narrative, and enduring respect for the truth of its impact on each of the lives it…

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Public Tasting at The Crown

October 18 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
The Crown: Royal Coffee Lab & Tasting Room, 2523 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612 United States
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This week: Cold Brew & Ice Cream Floats Join us to explore how coffee can change depending on its method of preparation. In this tasting, you’ll have a chance to cup a small selection of our Tasting Room coffees, experience them as cold brew beverages, and turn them into Cold Brew Ice Cream Floats. Celebrate the final days of summer in style and learn a little more about how preparation can radically affect coffee’s flavor. Join us for a public…

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Brunch at The Crown: 3 Bottled Fish

October 19 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
The Crown: Royal Coffee Lab & Tasting Room, 2523 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612 United States
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Brunch at The Crown: 3 Bottled Fish Join us on select Saturdays for brunch at The Crown What better way to spend a Saturday morning than with excellent food from an inspired local chef? 3 Bottled Fish is a family operation of three cousins – first generation Vietnamese women bringing the food of their family into communities all around the Bay. They want their diners to expect authentic food, true to form but with their own style. Their mission is…

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Son Party 2!

October 19 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
The Crown: Royal Coffee Lab & Tasting Room, 2523 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612 United States
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Son Party 2! Roberto Borrell & Garry Johnson Present an Evening of Traditional and Contemporary Cuban Dance Music Admission is $10 at the door. Join two seasoned dance instructors (Roberto Borrell & Garry Johnson) for a short Son Cubano dance lesson at 6:30pm, followed by a fun and inclusive dance party from 7pm to 10pm. Ever wanted to learn Cuban dance from a professional? Come by for a lesson and have some fun with us! About the Instructors: Roberto Borrell:…

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Understanding Coffee Fermentation & Processing

October 24 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
The Crown: Royal Coffee Lab & Tasting Room, 2523 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612 United States
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$75.00

Join us for an interactive tasting and learning experience as we dive into the details of post-harvest processing and fermentation. Coffee enjoys a remarkably complex journey from tree to the cup, and its flavors can be dramatically impacted along the way using different techniques. 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…

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The Coffee Buyers’ Cupping Table: Capricornio Coffees from Brazil

October 25 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
The Crown: Royal Coffee Lab & Tasting Room, 2523 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612 United States
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We hope to reserve this table for green coffee buyers. If you’re interested in general tastings, please check out our Public Tastings.  Join Luiz Roberto Saldanha and Chad Trewick at The Crown to taste fresh crop offer samples from Capricornio Coffee, suppliers of exceptional specialty Brazilian coffees. Capricornio Coffees is a major exporter of specialty coffees from the Capricornio Coffee Belt, a vast region divided by the Tropic of Capricorn - 23ºS - that is becoming more and more sought…

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Calibrate Good Times! SCA Cupping Calibration

October 29 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Crown: Royal Coffee Lab & Tasting Room, 2523 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612 United States
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Free
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Calibrate Good Times! SCA Cupping Calibration 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. Please observe the following etiquette at this cupping: Please do not apply scented…

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November 2019

Tasting Roast Defects

November 8 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
The Crown: Royal Coffee Lab & Tasting Room, 2523 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612 United States
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$50.00

Tasting Roast Defects What are the common defects experienced when roasting coffee? We’ll identify, talk about, and taste common roast defects, as well as cup them. Bring your curiosity, questions and enthusiasm and learn how to avoid common defects that impact cup quality. About the Instructor Candice Madison Director of Roasting, Royal Coffee, Inc.  Candice Madison has worked in specialty coffee for nearly 10 years. An accomplished barista, roaster and trainer, she is a Q Arabica Instructor and SCA AST. Candice teaches at…

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Introduction to the Chemistry of Roasting

November 14 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
The Crown: Royal Coffee Lab & Tasting Room, 2523 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612 United States
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$25.00

Introduction to the Chemistry of Roasting Join us at The Crown for a coffee and a talk outlining the basic chemical reactions that take place during the roasting process including the Maillard reaction, Strecker Degredation, Caramelization, as well as discussing volatile and nonvolatile compounds and the development of acids. A little background chemistry on why coffee roasting is the key to unlocking the potential of each green bean.   About the Instructor: Candice Madison Director of Roasting, Royal Coffee, Inc. …

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Brunch at The Crown: The Damel

November 16 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
The Crown: Royal Coffee Lab & Tasting Room, 2523 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612 United States
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Brunch at The Crown: The Damel Join us on select Saturdays for brunch at The Crown What better way to spend a Saturday morning than with excellent food from an inspired local chef? Chef Oumar of The Damel brings his vision of giving his guests a culinary visit to West Africa and South America. Enjoy the atmosphere and gastronomy of Senegal in fusion with the flavorful cuisine of Brazil! In his long journey after culinary school, Oumar has lead many…

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Q Arabica Calibration Course

November 21 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Crown: Royal Coffee Lab & Tasting Room, 2523 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612 United States
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$375.00

Join us for a Q Arabica Calibration Course at The Crown, an SCA Premier Campus located in the midst of Oakland’s vibrant coffee scene. Calibrate with Candice Madison, and re-up your Q Grader status. About the Q Arabica Calibration Course Q graders need to attend and pass a Q calibration once every three years in order to maintain their license as a Q grader. This is a great opportunity to recalibrate in Uptown Oakland, California. This is a useful time…

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Intro to Green Coffee Buying

November 22 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Crown: Royal Coffee Lab & Tasting Room, 2523 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612 United States
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$50.00

Buying green coffee isn’t like going to the grocery store! Intro to Green Coffee Buying will provide students with an introduction to the global coffee trade and equip them to manage their purchasing decisions effectively. New to buying coffee? Looking to learn industry best practices? This is the course for you! The course is highly recommended for anyone, experienced or not, who is thinking about or currently buying green coffee. The class includes detailed discussion about the following topics: Coffee…

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December 2019

Perfecting Your Pour-Over

December 5 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Crown: Royal Coffee Lab & Tasting Room, 2523 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612 United States
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$50.00

Perfecting Your Pour-Over Wondering how you can take your manual brewing technique to the next level? Join the expert tea

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Blending Workshop

December 12 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
The Crown: Royal Coffee Lab & Tasting Room, 2523 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612 United States
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$150.00

Blending Workshop Blending is the alchemy of the coffee world. How does a roaster create a flavor profile that’s more than the sum of its parts? How can you use blending to your benefit when it comes to inventory management? What blends work best for espresso, drip, and cold brew? Should you blend before or after roasting? Let's explore the answers to these questions over the course of an 3 hour hands-on workshop! In this course we will look at:…

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January 2020

Intro to Coffee

January 11, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Crown: Royal Coffee Lab & Tasting Room, 2523 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612 United States
$25.00
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Intro to Coffee Did you know that coffee is a plant, or that the “beans” are actually seeds? Curious to scratch the surface and learn a little about what it takes to produce great coffee? This beginner level class will demystify the origins of coffee, explore the supply chain from farmer to roaster, and highlight the many countries in which the raw product grows. Along the way we’ll taste some fun examples of different styles of coffee beverage. About the…

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Green Coffee Analysis – Theory & Application

January 16, 2020 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
The Crown: Royal Coffee Lab & Tasting Room, 2523 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612 United States
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$150.00

Green Coffee Analysis: Density, Screen Size & Water Activity – Theory & Application for Roasters & Buyers Buying green coffee isn’t like going to the grocery store! This class lays the groundwork for thorough understanding of green coffee quality, and is a must for roasters and green buyers. Coursework will highlight how a coffee’s physical quality affects global trade, roasting methods, and flavors. We’ll examine coffee’s density, screen size, and moisture content / water activity. Each of these three sections…

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Water Composition & Coffee: Theory & Tasting

January 25, 2020 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 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 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 your mineral content – commercial and micro applications Tasting specific minerals in water…

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Coffee Extraction: Theory & Tasting

January 30, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Crown: Royal Coffee Lab & Tasting Room, 2523 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612 United States
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$50.00

Coffee Extraction: Theory & Tasting This coffee isn’t going to brew itself! Getting your brewed coffee to taste perfect takes practice. Among the critical elements of a good cup is the extraction percentage and total dissolved solids content. Lets take a introductory look at the physics behind good extraction, and then taste the differences between under, over, and ideal extractions. We’ll get familiar by using refractometers and practicing brews with variables like water-to-coffee ratio and grind size. About the Instructor:…

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