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“The Event,” Specialty Coffee of America’s annual exposition happens this week in Seattle, Washington. Attendance is expected to exceed 20,000 participants–an international horde of coffee professionals, nerds, hobbyists, and competitors. The giant trade show extravaganza is known for its endless parties. Here’s a list of the semi-public/probably RSVP/get a wristband from someone you know that works there maybe events happening. Bookmark this. You’ll probably need it later.

Kevin Nordquist designed this stunning poster.
Kevin Nordquist designed this stunning poster.

WHAT: “The After Party” 2014
EXPECT: Lots of beer, pretzel bites, bocce ball, and nervous barista competitors.
WHERE: Von Trapp’s, 912 12th Ave
WHEN: Thursday, April 24 from 8:00PM-12:00AM
RSVP: RSVP if you don’t want them to run out of snacks.
ODDS YOU’LL BE ABLE TO SNEAK IN: 100%
ODDS THINGS WILL GET OUT OF HAND: 20/100 It’s the first night, so things aren’t going to get too crazy.

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WHAT: SCAA Event Opening Ceremonies, Reception and BGA Latte Art Throwdown
EXPECT: Marquesha Boné and the throwdown brodown.
WHERE: Expo Center Ballroom, 800 Convention Place
WHEN: Thursday, April 24, 6:00pm opening, 7:00-10:00pm reception
RSVP: Nah.
ODDS YOU’LL BE ABLE TO SNEAK IN: 100%
ODDS THIS EVENT WILL BE FABULOUS: 100%

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WHAT: Olympia Coffee Roasting Company Morning-Time Meet The Producers Event
EXPECT: A nice coffee time with producers from Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador, Burundi, Kenya, and Colombia.
WHERE: Vif wine|coffee, located at 4401 Fremont Ave N
WHEN: Friday, April 25, 9:00AM-10:00AM
RSVP: Open to the public and free.
ODDS YOU’LL BE ABLE TO SNEAK IN: Very much so.
ODDS THERE WILL BE A GOOD TIME HAD BY ALL: 10/10.

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WHAT: Victoria Arduino Black Eagle Invite-Only Extravaganza Featuring Colin Harmon & James Hoffmann
EXPECT: We can anticipate that James and Colin will present respectively the VA388 and the Mythos One sharing how the combination of the two technologies (T3 and Clima Pro) delivers unprecedented results in terms of consistency and extraction control. There will be also music, food and drinks.
WHERE: Roy Street Coffee & Tea, 700 Broadway E
WHEN: Friday, April 25, 6:00pm
RSVP: Invitation only.
ODDS YOU’LL BE ABLE TO SNEAK IN: It is not possible.
ODDS THERE WILL BE SMOKING HOT COFFEE CELEBS: Sizzling.

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WHAT: Tony’s Coffee Beer Social
EXPECT: Lots and lots of Simultaneous Release Wheat IPA from Fremont Brewing & Oskar Blues, made with Tony’s Ethiopia Borana.
WHERE: Tony’s Coffee Bar, 7001 3rd Ave NW
WHEN: Friday April 25th 6pm
RSVP: Not necessary.
ODDS YOU’LL BE ABLE TO SNEAK IN: Most assuredly.
ODDS IT’LL HAVE A LOT OF BEER: Much beer.

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WHAT: 2014 US Aeropress Championship
EXPECT: It’s a competition and a great big party. Hosted by the wonderful people of Stumptown, Baratza, Barista Magazine, and Aerobie.
WHERE: Stumptown Coffee Roasters, 1115 12 Ave Seattle
WHEN: Friday April 25th 7pm
RSVP: No need.
ODDS YOU’LL BE ABLE TO SNEAK IN: Yes.

The Coffee Kids party last year.
The Coffee Kids party last year.

WHAT: 2014 SCAA Coffee Kids Reception
EXPECT: Drinks, nibbles, music and hob nobbing, all for a good cause.
WHERE: Pike Place Market, Atrium Floor, 85 Pike St
WHEN: Friday April 25, 7:00pm-9:00pm
RSVP: Totes poss but whoocs? If somebody gives you guff at the door, tell them you’re with us.
ODDS YOU’LL BE ABLE TO SNEAK IN: 8/10

The league. (Facebook)
The league. (Facebook)

WHAT: NW Latte Art League Season Finale
EXPECT: Off-site non-sanctioned latte art battle royale. Baristas with a lot of pep in their step.
WHERE: Café Fonté, 1321 First Avenue
WHEN: Saturday, April 26at 6:30pm-2:00am
RSVP: All are welcome. Winner of the event earns $300.
ODDS YOU’LL BE ABLE TO SNEAK IN: Get your sneak on.

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WHAT: Roasters Guild Party
EXPECT: Roasters, coffee luminaries, well-loved industry types, professionals of all stripes.
WHERE: World Sports Grille, 731 Westlake Ave N
WHEN: Saturday, April 26at 7:00pm
RSVP: Unlike past Roasters Guild events, this party is free and open to all.
ODDS YOU’LL BE ABLE TO SNEAK IN: Very likely.

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WHAT: Kuma Coffee Ice Cream Social
EXPECT: Pizza! Beer! Ice Cream! Plus Baratza, Roastar, Loring, Roast Magazine, and OLAM.
WHERE: 3401 Thorndyke Ave W, Seattle, WA 98119
WHEN: Saturday, April 26 5:30PM to 8:00PM
RSVP: All good.
ODDS YOU’LL BE ABLE TO SNEAK IN: Get it.

A still from the film.
A still from “A Film About Coffee.”

WHAT: A Film About Coffee World Theatrical Premier
EXPECT: You should expect a film about coffee. For more, see our preview feature.
WHERE: AMC Pacific Place 11, 600 Pine St
WHEN: Saturday, April 26at 7:00pm
RSVP: Buy tickets at EventBrite.
ODDS YOU’LL BE ABLE TO SNEAK IN: Very unlikely. Unless you dress like an AMC employee.

Last year's party. (Facebook)
Last year’s party. (Facebook)

WHAT: BGA Party hosted by Dalla Corte and Thrive Farmers Coffee
EXPECT: Boom boom rooms, wild gyrating, a sense of catharsis.
WHERE: Trinity Nightclub, 111 Yesler Way
WHEN: Sunday, April 27 at 8:30pm
RSVP: All are welcome.
ODDS YOU’LL BE ABLE TO SNEAK IN: If you’re under 21, no dice. If you’re over 21, have at it.

Where’s the Sprudge Party this year? There is no Sprudge party at SCAA 2014–our professional calendar has left us with very little time for hosting and merriment. It’s okay, we’ll party when we’re dead. In our stead, the ineffable Liz Clayton returns for a third consecutive season as Sprudge.com’s Reluctant Party Correspondent. Read Clayton’s dispatches from 2012 and 2013 in advance of this year’s feature.