Cafe Imports is getting the band back together and hitting the road one more time. This May, the 2018 Legendary Coffee Tour is heading to 10 cities around the US, and they are bringing with them their “greatest hits, brand-new releases, and even a few deep cuts from the archive.”
Kicking off on May 4th in Minneapolis, the Cultivar Caravan will focus on “the history and significance of coffee varieties,” which will of course be presented along with a cupping. Along with a “set list of favorites,” including heirloom Ethiopian types, Typica, and Bourbon, Cafe Imports is bringing a completely unknown variety that came their way via a Banexport cupping in Pitalito, Huila, Colombia (which co-owner/green coffee buyer Andrew Miller described as “Holy *@!&” and scored an astounding 94 points).
The Cultivar Caravan will also include not coffee things to taste, “as a way of exploring and understanding the ways that different varieties can contribute to diversity of flavor, as well as to simply show some love to the diversity of flavors this weird, wild world has to offer us at every turn.” The event will then be followed with free food and drinks for all attendees.
The full list of stops for the 2018 Legendary Coffee Tour are:
May 4: Minneapolis, MN, Cafe Imports Warehouse
May 7: Kansas City, MO, Messenger Coffee
May 8: Springfield, MO, Classic Rock Coffee Co.
May 10: Chicago, IL, Metropolis Coffee Roasterie
May 15: Coeur d’Alene, ID, Evans Brothers Coffee Roasters
May 17: Tempe, AZ, Tempe Public Market Cafe
May 23: Austin, TX, Wild Gift Coffee
May 25: Dallas, TX, Communion Cafe
May 30: Boston, MA, Pavement Coffee
June 1: Philadelphia, PA, Rival Bros. Coffee
The Cultivar Caravan is free to attend, but space is extremely limited, so an RSVP is required. To reserve your spot, follow the links above to your stop on the tour.
*all images via Cafe Imports