Is anyone going to the San Francisco Coffee Festival this weekend?

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#1: Post by doubleOsoul » Oct 31, 2019, 10:31 am

While I don't relish a weekend drive on the 80, I thought the festival might be a good networking opportunity and what's more fun than a bunch of over caffeinated nerds. I bought a ticket for Saturday general admission so If anyone is going, let me know and we can meet up. :)


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#2: Post by baristainzmking » Nov 02, 2019, 12:35 pm

Hi Cher,

I am planning to go tomorrow, thinking 10:00 am, as I am dropping my daughter at the airport at 8:15
Julia

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#3: Post by doubleOsoul » Nov 02, 2019, 3:20 pm

Hi Julia
I'm here and taking pics and get some info to post on this thread. Pm me so we can meet
Cher
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#4: Post by doubleOsoul » Nov 02, 2019, 3:24 pm

Last weekend, I attended the 4th annual SF Coffee Festival which, this year was held at Fort Mason. I kid not when I say that I was on Craigslist looking for a used roaster when the event popped up in my search literally 3 days before. I would ahve not known about it otherwise. The location seemed to be a well thought out venue choice for a coffee fest and judging by the crowds, others agreed. Of course the visual irony overlooking the Bay was not lost on me.
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The event had some similar fixings of past events I've attended such as the SCAA: no parking and few over priced food options but I didn't drive from Sacramento for that. I came for the coffee and talks by industry experts and neither were a disappointment. Many of the the usual suspects (vendors) were at the event - Verve, Fellow, Chocolate Fish (Sacramento), Temple (Sacramento), Sexton, Equator, Allegro (which, I'm not gonna lie, I was a little jealous of their vintage coffee bus), my peeps at Royal (shout out to Chris), and so on.

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While it was great to see familiar folks, I was in search for the new and unusual vendors. I chatted with Hive Roaster about their smokeless roasters and how they function on the stove top. I smelled the batches he roasted and chomped on a few beans for good measure and was impressed with the results. Those were some well roasted beans.

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Now that I've entered the commercial coffee world and proclaimed my piece of the roaster patch, I wanted to find my tribe. Farm focused, solar powered Kickapoo Coffee of Wisconsin is definitely that. The company is run pretty much on girl power complete with a woman roaster and I admit, there was a lot of fist bumping at the discovery of each other and sharing of our coffee journeys. The Cherry Pop shooter was absolutely sensational too. I went back a couple more times because it was hands down the best ice drink at the event. They only have themselves to blame for my shooter gluttony because they encouraged my return. :D !
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Abanico was another coffee roasting company I connected with and shared coffee roasting stories. They may be some of the most hard working gals in the coffee industry: bringing coffee from family farms in Central America, roasting, marketing and of course selling. Not only was the coffee excellent but I felt like I had met family. Gotta dig that.
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A father and his daughter from an Ethiopian vendor were bravely wandering the crowds and offering some Ethiopian coffee in a traditional Jebana. I'm a little obsessive with Ethiopian, Greek and Turkish coffee being done the traditional way and somehow they pulled it off. I really appreciated the effort.
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I've been poking around new instant coffee offerings (now, here me out) such as Voila and while it is obviously not something I would choose as a daily driver because of price and so many other obvious reasons but it is a much better option than say when I'm visiting the middle of nowhere and there's absolutely nothing and someone forgot to pack my brew equipment. Not naming names. I was hoping to see at least one exhibitor offering higher end instant coffee. And it wasn't bad either, in a pinch.
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Aside from some of the quirky issues that typically plague new events, it's definitely worth attending. I'll be be there next year maybe even as a vendor, who knows. It's been a few years since I've attended a coffee event such as the SCAA and I discovered this weekend I don't have the coffee sampling chops like I once did so I think I'll bring a sandwich just in case I hit an espresso wall.


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#5: Post by baristainzmking » Nov 02, 2019, 5:51 pm

doubleOsoul wrote:Hi Julia
I'm here and taking pics and get some info to post on this thread. Pm me so we can meet
Cher
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#6: Post by doubleOsoul » Nov 05, 2019, 12:32 am

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#7: Post by JokerJacket » Nov 12, 2019, 9:39 pm

Even if a bit crowded, looks like it was still fun and worth a trip! Too bad I wasn't able to make it after all.