“What is specialty coffee?” No, that’s not the start of my middle school book report on my favorite drink; it’s a legitimate question. Strictly speaking, “specialty coffee” has a fixed definition, but what it means to be specialty coffee has become a lot more hippy dippy, you-know-it-when-you-see-it sort of thing in the modern parlance. That’s why Australia’s Seven Miles Coffee Roasters is taking a deep dive into the meaning of the phrase with their Industry Forum event happening tonight.
Taking place at Seven Miles’ Sydney headquarters, Industry Forum aims to “strip back the hype and define what Specialty Coffee means” in today’s coffee world. According to the Facebook event page, guest speakers include Tuli Keidar of Mecca Coffee, Seán McManus of Neighbourhood, Emily Oak of St. Ali/Sensory Lab, and 2015 World Barista Champion Sasa Setic of Ona Coffee.
Beer and noshes will be catered by Nomad Brewing Company and Eat Art Truck, an “American BBQ street food” truck (which it isn’t. I mean, the menu looks tasty but “American BBQ street food” it aint. I thought this whole event was about defining and using words carefully).
Seven Miles’ Industry Forum is free to attend, but space is limited, so RSVP via their website to reserve your spot. And once you know what “specialty coffee” means in the modern day, let us know, because we’re still over here like ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.
Industry Forum happens Thursday, November 10th from 6:30-10:00pm at the Seven Miles HQ on 75 Kenneth Road, Manly Vale 2093 NSW.
Zac Cadwalader is the news editor at Sprudge Media Network.
*top image via Seven Miles Coffee Roasters